Joplin is an open source note taking app for iOS, Android, Windows, macOS and Linux
Note taking apps are handy and can be used for simple tasks like jotting down lists, to storing important information. The primary use of such an app, at least for me, is that you can pull up the data that you require quickly. Â Joplin is an open source and cross platform app that is available for iOS, Android, Windows, macOS and Linux.
It's also available as a terminal app for macOS, Linux, and FreeBSD, if that is your cup of tea.Â
Tip: we reviewed several note taking applications in the past. You may want to check out Laverna, a privacy-focused solution that you can self-host even, neutriNote for Android, or the classic CintaNotes.
We will be taking a look at the desktop application here. The interface of Joplin is slightly confusing at first glance, but the help section that is displayed when you run the app, explains the features quite well.Â
All you need to know about are the 3 panes: Â
- The sidebar lists your notebooksÂ
- The middle bar is your Note ListÂ
- The right pane is the Note Editor.Â
You save notes to your Notebooks, and its contents are displayed in the Note List. The Note Editor allows you to create notes in rich text format (text, hyperlinks, images, tags, etc), using markdown. There are 3 layouts you can choose from, depending on what a note contains.Â The sidebar to the left can optionally be toggled from the menu, if you find it to be obtrusive.Â
You can also create to-do lists using Joplin, which may be useful if you want to create a shopping list, or a travel check-list. You could also use it like a journal or a diary, or even in class, or at a meeting. Really, itâ€™s up to you.Â
You can use Joplin to export your notes in to one of the following formats: JEX, JSON, RAW, MD and PDF. By default, the app saves the notes in the markdown format.Â
Joplin can be used to you import JEX, MD (File/Directory), RAW and ENEX. The last one, ENEX, is the Evernote format, which means you can export all your notes from it over to Joplin.Â
The best part about Joplin is the synchronization feature, which lets you save your Notebook directly to your Dropbox account.Â You can also choose to connect it to your OneDrive, NextCloud or WebDav servers. This way, you can access the content from any of your devices. Joplin uses end-to-end encryption to secure your data from unauthorized access. Â
Please note that by default, Encryption is disabled in Joplin, and you will need to setup a password, when you are configuring the sync option to protect the data.
Download Joplin for your device, its completely free. You can find the source code of the app at GitHub. There is a portable version available, which is the one which we tested, and it minimizes itself to the system tray when not in use.Â
Joplin is a well designed note taking application that is available for all major desktop and mobile operating systems. It supports note syncing through third-party cloud storage services, and solutions like WebDav or NextCloud that put you in control.
All in all, a great application for users who want their notes, tasks, and other bits of text on all of their devices.Advertisement