CherryTree – hierarchical note taking software

CherryTree is a hierarchical note taking application, featuring rich text and syntax highlighting, storing data in a single XML or SQLite file. This software is designed to store your entries in containers, which some programs call “notes” or “pages” and Cherrytree calls “nodes”.

CherryTree is a place you can store links, pictures, tables, even entire documents.

CherryTree includes a flexible and fast search facility.

Features include:

  • Rich text (foreground color, background color, bold, italic, underline, strikethrough, small, h1, h2, h3, subscript, superscript, monospace).
  • Syntax highlighting (only when the rich text is disabled in the current node).
  • Images handling: insertion in the text, edit (resize/rotate), save as png file.
  • Lists handling (bulleted, numbered, to-do and switch between them, multiline with shift+enter).
  • Simple tables handling (cells with plain text), cut/copy/paste row, import/export as csv file.
  • Codeboxes handling: boxes of automatically highlighted text into normal rich text.
  • Alignment of text, images, tables and codeboxes (left/center/right).
  • Hyperlinks (links to webpages, links to nodes/nodes + anchors, links to files, links to folders).
  • Spell check.
  • Intra application copy/paste: supported single images, single codeboxes, single tables and a compound selection of rich text, images, codeboxes and tables.
  • Cross application copy/paste (tested with openoffice and gmail): supported single images, single codeboxes, single tables and a compound selection of rich text, images, codeboxes and tables.
  • Copying a list of files from the file manager and pasting in cherrytree will create a list of links to files, images are recognized and inserted in the text.
  • Print & save as PDF file of a selection / node / node and subnodes / the whole tree.
  • Eexport to HTML of a selection / node / node and subnodes / the whole tree.
  • Export to plain text of a selection / node / node and subnodes / the whole tree.
  • TOC generation for a node / node and subnodes / the whole tree, based on headers h1, h2 and h3.
  • Find a node, find in current node, find in all nodes.
  • Replace in node names, replace in current node, replace in all nodes.
  • Iteration of the latest find, iteration of the latest replace, iteration of the latest applied text formatting.
  • Import from Basket, CherryTree, Gnote, KeepNote, Keynote, Knowit, MemPad, Notecase, Tomboy, Treepad lite, Tuxcards, Zim.
  • Export to Cherrytree file of a selection / node / node and subnodes / the whole tree.
  • Password protection.
  • Tree nodes drag and drop.
  • Internationalization support: Chinese Simplified, Czech, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Ukrainian.

Support: GitHub Code Repository
Developer: Giuseppe Penone
License: GNU GPL v3


CherryTree is written in Python. Learn Python with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

The software is being rewritten with C++. Learn C++ with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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