Joplin is a free, open source, note taking and to-do application for Windows, Linux, macOS, Android, iOS and the terminal.
Joplin is packed with a lot of features, has a great user interface and is easy to configure and use. Joplin can handle a large number of notes that can be organized into notebooks. Notes are searchable and can be copied, tagged and modified either from the application directly or from your own text editor.
Joplin is considered a good alternative to Evernote, if you use Evernote you might want to give it a look. It's free and has the advantage of being able to synchronize across multiple devices.
- Web Clipper for Firefox and Chrome.
- Format notes with Markdown, HTML, or plain text.
- End To End Encryption (disabled by default)
- Synchronizes with online services including NextCloud, Dropbox, WebDAV and OneDrive.
- Support for numerous file attachment formats (images, PDF, documents, add links and code, etc.)
- Supports to-dos and tags
- Support for notifications in mobile and desktop applications.
- Geo-location support.
- Import Evernote files
- Export JEX files (Joplin Export format) and raw files.
- External editor support - open notes in your favorite external editor
- Supports multiple languages
- Open source, code on Github
Joplin supports two kinds of notes: plain notes and to-do notes.
- Plain notes are documents containing text and other content.
- To-do notes have a checkbox in the notes list that allows you to mark them "done." And since the to-do note is still a note, you can include lists, documentation, and additional to-do items in a to-do note. Notes can be tagged and there’s a built in search if you need to find something.
Some other useful features are note history, a line, word and character counter, drag and drop to other notebooks, creation of sub notebooks and the ability to change themes: light, dark, and a few others.
There's a Web Clipper add-on that will save web pages, screenshots, selections and URL's from your browser. It's available for Firefox and Chrome. To use the Web Clipper, make sure Joplin is running, go the Tools menu at the top, select Web Clipper, choose enable Web Clipper and install the extension or add-on for Chrome or Firefox (links are provided to each). Once the Web Clipper is enabled, use the Joplin icon to select and copy content from your browser to Joplin.
US users may want to change the default options for language (English UK), date format (day, month, year) page size (A4) or time format (24 hour clock) to ones that are standard in the US.
Joplin is available for Windows, Linux, macOS, Android, iOS and the terminal. There’s a portable version for Windows. VirusTotal says the two Windows versions are free of malware.
Joplin is a useful note taking app with quite a few features in a small package that synchronizes across all your devices.
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