Joplin is a free, open-source note taking and to-do app for Windows, which can handle a large number of notes organized into notebooks. The notes are searchable, can be copied, tagged, and modified either from the applications directly or from your own text editor. The notes are in Markdown format. It is a straightforward, Electron-based application that allows you to add and manage notes and to-do lists.
Before hastily labelling Joplin as “just another humdrum note-taking app,” here a few interesting facts: this is an opensource, cross-platform app that comes with clients for all the major platforms such as Windows, macOS, and Linux, as well as for Android (with an iOS app currently in the works). A Web Clipper, to save web pages and screenshots from your browser, is also available for Firefox and Chrome.
Naturally, the application boasts synchronization capabilities, meaning that your notes and all their associated metadata can be synchronized between your devices, as well as with targets such as Microsoft OneDrive.
As expected, the app provides you with multiple options for organizing your notes, as well. For instance, both notes and to-do lists can be organized into notebooks. The content can also be classified with the help of tags, thus improving the overall searchability.
Notes exported from Evernote via .enex files can be imported into this best note-taking app, including the formatted content (which is converted to Markdown), resources (images, attachments, etc.), and complete metadata (geolocation, updated time, created time, etc.). Plain Markdown files can also be imported.
The notes can be synchronized with various cloud services including Nextcloud, Dropbox, OneDrive, WebDAV, or the file system (for example with a network directory). When synchronizing the notes, notebooks, tags, and other metadata are saved to plain text files that can be easily inspected, backed up, and moved around.
Joplin For Free Note-Taking App Features
- Desktop, mobile and terminal applications.
- Web Clipper for Firefox and Chrome.
- End To End Encryption (E2EE)
- Note history (revisions)
- Synchronization with various services, including Nextcloud, Dropbox, WebDAV, and OneDrive.
- Import Enex files (Evernote export format) and Markdown files.
- Export JEX files (Joplin Export format) and raw files.
- Support notes, to-dos, tags, and notebooks.
- Goto Anything feature.
- Sort notes by multiple criteria – title, updated time, etc.
- Support for alarms (notifications) in mobile and desktop applications.
- Offline first, so the entire data is always available on the device even without an internet connection.
- Markdown notes, which are rendered with images and formatting in the desktop and mobile applications. Support for extra features such as math notation and checkboxes.
- File attachment support – images are displayed, and other files are linked and can be opened in the relevant application.
- Search functionality.
- Geo-location support.
- Supports multiple languages
- External editor support – open notes in your favourite external editor with one click in Joplin software.
WebDAV-compatible services that are known to work with Joplin for Windows PC:
- Apache WebDAV Module
- HiDrive from Strato. Setup help
- Nginx WebDAV Module
- WebDAV Nav, a macOS server.
- Yandex Disk
It’s also worth pointing out that Joplin makes it possible for you to import notes from Evernote (via .enex files). What you need to know is the fact that by doing so, the resources (images and attachments) and the complete metadata of your notes remain untouched, including geolocation, and the times at which the notes have been modified or created.
The app does not have any special requirements and it can be deployed on your computer’s system effortlessly, mainly thanks to its automated installer. The interface is pragmatic and straightforward, which should make the app quite approachable even for beginners.
Joplin was designed as a replacement for Evernote and so can import complete Evernote notebooks, as well as notes, tags, resources (attached files) and note metadata (such as author, geo-location, etc.) via ENEX files. In terms of data, the only two things that might slightly differ are:
- Recognition data – Evernote images, in particular, scanned (or photographed) documents have recognition data associated with them. It is the text that Evernote has been able to recognize in the document. This data is not preserved when the notes are imported into Joplin. However, should it become supported in the search tool or other parts of Joplin, it should be possible to regenerate this recognition data since the actual image would still be available.
- Colour, font sizes, and faces – Evernote text is stored as HTML and this is converted to Markdown during the import process. For notes that are mostly plain text or with basic formatting (bold, italic, bullet points, links, etc.) this is a lossless conversion, and the note, once rendered back to HTML should be very similar. Tables are also imported and converted to Markdown tables. For very complex notes, some formatting data might be lost – in particular colours, font sizes and font faces will not be imported. The text itself, however, is always imported in full regardless of formatting.
Import Notes From Markdown Files
Joplin can import notes from a plain Markdown file. You can either import a complete directory of Markdown files or individual files.
In the desktop application, open File > Import > MD and select your Markdown file or directory.
In the terminal application, in command-line mode, type
import --format md /path/to/file.md or
import --format md /path/to/directory/.
|Operating System||Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10|
|Software Name||Joplin Software For Windows V 1.0.241|
|File Size||138 MB|
|Languages||English, Italian, French, Spanish, Polish, Chinese, German, Japanese|
Conclusion Joplin For Free Note-Taking App
If you’re currently on the lookout for a cross-platform app capable of handling both comprehensive notes and basic to-do lists in offline mode and featuring synchronization capabilities, then you might as well give Joplin a quick try.
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