7 Best Free and Open Source Diary Software

Keeping a diary of your daily life is an activity that is held dear by many people. It represents a good way of storing personal or business information on a day-to-day-basis. Keep track of notes and thoughts through the day, organize and secure memories, ideas, business transactions, emails, accounts, future plans, contact lists, and even secret information.

This article identifies flexible and useful diary tools for the Linux desktop. With features like tag support, encryption, multiple journals, and live searches, Linux diary software makes it easier to keep track of events as they occur.

To provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of high quality Linux diary / journal software. Hopefully, there will be something of interest for anyone who wishes to organize their daily life.

Here’s our verdict captured in a legendary LinuxLinks-styled chart. Only free and open source software is eligible for inclusion.

Ratings chart for the best free and open source diary apps

Let’s explore the 7 diary tools at hand. For each title we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, together with links to relevant resources.

Diary Apps
RedNotebookDaily journal with calendar, templates and keyword searching
LifeographOff-line and private journal and note taking application
KontactUnites mature and proven applications
jrnlSimple journal application for your command line
Almanah Diary Small diary application
Org modePowerful system for organizing projects, tasks and notes in Emacs
ThotKeeperCross-platform and hierarchical personal journal manager
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Maxi Redigonda
Maxi Redigonda
2 years ago

Zim Desktop should be here!
Definitely awesome software!

Larry Bevan
Larry Bevan
1 year ago

No love for HAZAMA?

1 year ago
Reply to  Larry Bevan

No update for 6 years, software is dead.