Laverna & other evernote alternatives

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We wrote about Nitro and Springseed earlier. Both of these native apps are good alternatives to Evernote on Linux as they can integrate with Dropbox. And then we have Nevernote (aka NixNote) – the multiplatform (JAVA based) open source client designed to work with Evernote. Recently we came across another open source project which is a very capable alternative to Evernote.

Laverna is written in Javscript and can run online in your browser or can be installed locally. Use markdown text to create beautiful notes with Laverna. I drafted this article in Laverna.

Laverna has native desktop clients too.

Features

  • No registration needed for the online app.
  • Laverna uses IndexedDB and localStorage. All the information will be stored only on client-side.
  • Can encrypt the client-side notes with SJCL library.
  • Optional synchronization with cloud storage.
  • Markdown text. Laverna web app uses pagedown and ACE editor.
  • Clean interface. Several editing modes: distraction-free mode, preview mode and normal.
  • Useful editor tools: blockquote, sample code, image insertion, tags.
  • Works as a task manager too. Check the sample note.
  • Local install possible.
  • Runs as a web service, so platform independent.
  • Native client for Linux, Windows, Mac.
  • Self-hosted option.
  • Open source and free.

Webpage: Laverna

Similar

  • Dillinger is another excellent cloud based markdown editor that stores the notes locally and optionally in Dropbox, GitHub, Google Drive and OneDrive. It also supports many themes and export options.
  • Remarkable is a fully local application but I wouldn’t mind it because of tons of dependencies.
  • Paperwork is a open source note-taking & archiving alternative to Evernote, Microsoft OneNote & Google Keep.
  • Everpad is an unofficial Linux Evernote client.

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