Zim Alternatives for Mac

    There are many alternatives to Zim for Mac if you are looking for a replacement. The best Mac alternative is Joplin. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try Standard Notes or Notion. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Zim and loads of them are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to Zim are NoteLedge (Paid), Obsidian (Free Personal), Microsoft OneNote (Freemium) and Google Keep (Free).

    This page was last updated Nov 16, 2021

    1. Joplin is a free, open source note taking and to-do application, which can handle a large number of notes organised into notebooks. The notes are searchable, can be copied, tagged and modified either from the applications directly or from your own text editor.
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      Joplin vs Zim opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Joplin is a great alternative to Zim.
      andgregorik Joplin caters to a somewhat different user base: more simplistic, quicker, requires way less IT/wiki savvy just to operate daily. It also has pitch perfect syncing which is not Zim's cup of tea. Still, the moving parts are similar, and it can work as an alternative.
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

      LordMax IT's not so similar to Zim Desktop, it's really near to evernote/nixnote It can be a good replacement too
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

    2. Capture inspiration from Pinterest, YouTube or web pages, organize ideas in one place and add your notes. Make mood boards or quick sketches to visualize and present ideas!.
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      NoteLedge vs Zim opinions
      Almost everyone thinks NoteLedge is a great alternative to Zim.
      soulrain Zim is a wiki; noteledge, while complex, is unsuited for a wiki.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

      durhambell As soulrain already said, Zim is a wiki/PIM. Noteledge is a notebook/PIM. They are not the same thing at all.
      Negative comment about 1 year ago


    3. A second brain, for you, forever. The human brain is non-linear: we jump from idea to idea, all the time. Your second brain should work the same.
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    4. Standard Notes is a simple and private notes app. It allows you to write and sync your notes across all your devices, including your iPhone, iPad, Mac, and web browser.
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    5. With so many tools, it's hard to keep everyone on the same page. Notion is a new tool that unifies them all. It's like Google Docs, but everything is organized and discoverable by your team. Real collaboration in real-time.
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      Notion vs Zim opinions
      Most users think Notion is a great alternative to Zim.
      Android Client, Markdown, Built-in trello-like board
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago

      dimaneiaglov Notion is also a wiki and also cross-platform in the sense that it is a web application. It has some features that Zim doesn't, e.g. multi-column layouts.
      Positive comment about 3 years ago


    6. Microsoft OneNote, part of the Microsoft Office Suite, is a digital notebook application that gives people one place to gather notes and information.
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      Microsoft OneNote vs Zim opinions
      Some users think Microsoft OneNote is a great alternative to Zim, some don't.
      It supports both internal and external links and has good structure. It's also WYSIWYG.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

      LesterCovax Sync'd across OneDrive, has web, desktop, and mobile clients. There are certainly alternatives, but it gets the job done while enabling a good degree of logical organization.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

    7. Google Keep is a service provided by Google which integrates note-taking and web surfing.
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      Google Keep vs Zim opinions
      This alternative is disputed. Google Keep is still a legitimate alternative to Zim, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      Not really an alternative. Zim is both a note taking appa AND note organizer
      Negative comment about 2 years ago

    8. Made by the company behind WordPress, Simplenote enables users to take notes, lists, and ideas. These notes are stored on the cloud and are accessible across multiple devices.
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      Simplenote vs Zim opinions
      This alternative is disputed. Simplenote is still a legitimate alternative to Zim, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      JohnFastman Simplenote is much less functional than Zim (no rich-text, no attachment to notes) and although it does work on mobile, it syncs your data via web-facing servers on which your info is held unencrypted. In that respect your information is much more vulnerable to hackers and govt agencies than if you used Zim, stored the data locally and maybe - if you need - sync it with an end-to-end encrypted service like Spideroak, Tresorit or Seafile (Seafile encrypts file content, not metadata).
      Negative comment over 4 years ago

      Free and free of problems. Just simple.
      Positive comment about 5 years ago

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      Evernote is a cross-platform, freemium app designed for note taking, organizing, and archiving.
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      Evernote vs Zim opinions
      This alternative is disputed. Evernote is still a legitimate alternative to Zim, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      Evernote does not provide capability to organize data for outlining/collection data. Evernote is based on tags (so it is rather "chaotic") and people looking for a more structured way to organize information, benefit from ZIM.
      Negative comment almost 4 years ago

      JohnFastman Evernote is proprietary, closed source and stores user data in unencrypted format on web-facing US servers, which is terrible for privacy and security. They have been hacked in the past and are subject to US laws that force them to disclose data with authorities. They also refuse to support Linux operating systems. Their clients on Mac and Windows are very different and both lag significantly after about 500 notes are in the database. Evernote are the past.
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

      fih10golts Complicated, non-free. Zim is just OpenSource notes.
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

      Basically these have little in common...Evernote is not really a replacement or an alternative to zim desktop.
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

    9. Zettlr is a supercharged markdown editor that combines many writing editor features and collect them in one application. It aims at speeding up your workflow and help you write without any interruptions.
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