FeatherNotes – lightweight Qt5 hierarchical notes manager

FeatherNotes is a lightweight notes manager based on Qt5.

FeatherNotes is desktop agnostic. FeatherNotes only opens an XML derivative called text/feathernotes-fnx because the concept of “node” makes sense only in XML.

This is free and open source software.

Features include:

  • Support for rich text formatting, image embedding and inserting editable tables.
  • Toolbar.
  • Drag-and-drop capability for moving nodes and also for embedding images.
  • A tray icon for quick access on any desktop.
  • Correct position/size saving and restoring with most window managers.
  • Compact but complete search and replacement widgets.
  • The ability to include searchable tags (hidden info on each node).
  • Support for optional node icons.
  • Support for local and remote hyperlinks (bookmarks).
  • Text zooming.
  • Printing and exporting to HTML and PDF.
  • Password protection using standard, well-known algorithms.
  • Auto-saving.
  • Transparent tree view option.
  • Keyboard shortcuts.
  • Internationalization support – translations for Chinese (Simplified), Chinese, (Traditional), Czech, Dutch, Esperanto, French, German, Hebrew, Indonesian, Japanese, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, Slovak, Spanish, and Welsh.
  • Cross-platform support – runs under Linux and macOS.

The developer doesn’t intend to add syntax highlighting.

Developer: Pedram Pourang (aka Tsu Jan) and contributors
License: GNU General Public License version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version


FeatherNotes is written in C++. Learn C++ with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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Al Kir
Al Kir
1 year ago

Regarding the statement on this webpage: “FeatherNotes only opens an XML derivative called text/feathernotes-fnx because the concept of “node” makes sense only in XML.”

CherryTree is also node-based, yet uses SQLite instead of XML.