Joplin: True Open Source Evernote Alternative

Introduction: Joplin is an open source note-taking and to-do application. You can organize your notes into your notebooks and tag them. Joplin also provides a web editor that can save articles on the Internet.

Joplin: Organizer of open source notes

If you like Evernote, You wo n’t be too uncomfortable with open source software, Joplin.

Joplin is an excellent open source note-taking application with many features. By linking it with cloud services like Dropbox and NextCloud, you can take notes, create to-do lists and sync notes between devices. Synchronization is protected by end-to-end encryption.

Joplin also has a Web Clipper that lets you save web pages as notes. Web Clipper is available for Firefox and Chrome / Chromium browsers.

Joplin allows you to import Evernote files in Enex format, making it easier to switch from Evernote.

Because you own the data, you can export all files in Joplin or raw format.

Characteristics of Joplin

Joplin Collection

Here is a list of all the features offered by Joplin:

  • Save notes to notebooks and subnotebooks for better organization
  • Create a to-do list
  • Can mark and search notes
  • Go offline first, so all data is always available on the device, even without an internet connection
  • Markdown annotation support with pictures, math symbols and checkboxes
  • File attachment support
  • App for desktop, mobile and terminal (CLI)
  • Web Clipper Works in Firefox and Chrome
  • End-to-end encryption
  • Keep record history
  • Sort notes by name, time, etc.
  • Sync with various cloud services, such as Nextcloud, Dropbox, WebDAV and OneDrive
  • Import files from Evernote
  • Export JEX files (Joplin export format) and original files.
  • Support notes, to-dos, tags and notebooks.
  • Go to any function.
  • Supports notifications in mobile and desktop applications.
  • Geographical support.
  • Support multiple languages
  • External Editor Support – Click in Joplin to open notes in your favorite external editor.

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Install Joplin on Linux and other platforms

Joplin applications in Ubuntu

Joplin Is a cross-platform application available for Linux, macOS and Windows. On mobile devices, you can get the APK file to install it on Android and Android-based ROM. you can also Get from Google Play Store.

For Linux, you can use an AppImage file for Joplin and run the application as an executable. You must grant execute permissions on the downloaded file.

Download Joplin

Experience Joplin

Notes in Joplin use markdown, but you don’t need to know markdown notation to use it. The editor has a top panel that allows you to graphically select bullets, titles, images, links, and more.

Although Joplin offers many interesting features, you still have to figure it out yourself. For example, Web Clipper is not enabled by default and I have to figure out how to do it.

You must enable the cropper from the desktop application. From the top menu, go to “Tools”-> “Options”. You will find the “Web Clipper” option here:

Joplin Web ClipperFirst enable Web Clipper from desktop application

Web editor is not as smart as Evernote’s web editor, it can edit a part of web articles graphically. However, you still have good choices here.

It is an open source software under active development and I hope it will get more improvements over time.

in conclusion

If you are looking for a good note-taking application with Web-Clipper, try Joplin. And, if you are willing and will continue to use it, please help Joplin development by donating or improving its code and documentation. I donate 25 Euros on behalf of It FOSS,

If you have used or are still using Joplin, what is your experience? Would you switch to Joplin if you use another note-taking application? Share your opinion at any time.

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