Console based note managers

xtnotepadAll of us keep notes. In my case I like to keep them organized and I use note managers for that. Though I have initially used graphical note managers cherrytree, springseed etc. because of the visual editing features they provide, I realized at one point that I do not need so many bells and whistles. Many of these tools are bulky, some of them are slow starters and most of them provide more options than you want to handle. So I fell back to console based note managers. Here are some of those I like and find very easy to use and simple to understand. They just manage a number of notes and provide you options to edit them in your favourite editor.

  • note
    As simple as it can be. Type note and it shows you the options to list notes, show topics, add, delete, search and edit new notes. The notes are saved as plain text and you can add the editor of your choice in the configuration file. Mine is vi. Note stores the documents in mysql format and supports IDEA or DES encryption.
  • nodau
    The basic features are similar to note but you always need to start nodau with an option which seemed little obtrusive to me. Isn’t remembering the name of the program enough? You can have encrypted notes with nodau.
  • theca
    Rust utility to take notes with 256-bit AES encryption, multiple profiles, search support.

My favourite is note.

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