It has often been said that information confers power, and that the most important currency in our culture today is information. Keeping track of bits and pieces of information is a minefield.
In part, this is because of passable short term memory, coupled with what can only be described as ‘brain fog’. To combat this, we arm myself with open source software that helps us efficiently capture a lot of information. We generally prefer to keep our information local and cloud-free, primarily for security reasons. And we primarily advance software which doesn’t tie itself to any specific company or service, whether it’s Evernote, Google, or Microsoft.
Note-taking apps are the online equivalent of notebooks, and because they’re digital, they can do more for you than paper can. Note-taking apps also include text search, so in a matter of seconds, you can find whatever notes you need.
There is a wide range of competent note taking software for Linux, and this article seeks to cover the finest open source solutions.
We have compiled this roundup of our pick of 24 high quality note applications for organizing, sharing, and taking notes. Besides the basic note-taking functionality, the software featured here provides a good array of advanced features. We strongly believe in open source software; all of the applications listed here are released under a freely distributable license.
There are lots of other note-taking applications. This has necessitated we make a lot of difficult choices. For example, we’ve limited the selection to a few programs designed to simulate sticky notes. We cover additional sticky note applications in a separate roundup. Almost all the programs sport an attractive graphical user interface. We acknowledge that command-line tools are underrepresented in this instance.
Let’s explore the 24 apps to take notes at hand. For each application we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, a screenshot, together with links to relevant resources.
|Note Taking Software|
|Joplin||Note taking and to-do application with synchronisation|
|Zim Desktop Wiki||Edit text files "wiki style"|
|CherryTree||Hierarchical note taking application packed with features|
|Rnote||Sketching, handwritten notes and to annotate documents and pictures|
|Tusk||Evernote desktop software|
|Simplenote||Fast, free, synchronized notes|
|BasKet Note Pads||Organizing, sharing, and taking notes|
|TagSpaces||Personal data manager for organizing, editing and tagging information|
|Sticky||Simulates the traditional “sticky note” style stationery|
|Trilium Notes||Hierarchical note taking application|
|org-mode||Keep notes, maintain ToDo lists, and do project planning in Emacs|
|tomboy-ng||Reincarnation of tomboy|
|MyNotex||Take and to manage textual notes and activity management|
|FeatherNotes||Lightweight Qt5 hierarchical notes manager|
|WikidPad||Wiki-like notebook for storing your thoughts, ideas, todo lists|
|RedNotebook||Daily journal with calendar, templates and keyword searching|
|GloboNote||Simple and easy to use open source note taking application|
|QOwnNotes||Plain-text file notepad with markdown support and ownCloud integration|
|KNotes||Write the computer equivalent of sticky notes|
|Xpad||Sticky note application for jotting down things to remember|
|Gnote||Port of Tomboy to C++|
|nvPY||Inspired by Notational Velocity and ResophNotes|
|MyTetra||Smart manager for information collecting|
|FromScratch||Simple but smart note-taking app|
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