The markdown-based note-taking app that doesn't suck.
I couldn't find a note-taking app that ticked all the boxes I'm interested in: notes are written and rendered in GitHub-flavored Markdown, no WYSIWYG, no proprietary formats, I can run a search & replace across all notes, notes support attachments, the app isn't bloated, the app has a pretty interface, tags are indefinitely nestable and can import Evernote notes (because that's what I was using before).
So I built my own.
/path/to/your/data_directory ├─┬ attachments │ ├── foo.ext │ ├── bar.ext │ └── … └─┬ notes ├── foo.md ├── bar.md └── …
No proprietary formats: Notable is just a pretty front-end for a folder structured as shown above. Notes are plain Markdown files, their metadata is stored as Markdown front matter. Attachments are also plain files, if you attach a
picture.jpgto a note everything about it will be preserved, and it will remain accessible like any other file.
Proper editor: Notable doesn't use any WYSIWYG editor, you just write some Markdown and it gets rendered as GitHub-flavored Markdown. The built-in editor is Monaco Editor, the same one VS Code uses, this means you get things like multi-cursor by default. If you need more advanced editing features with a single shortcut you can open the current note in your default Markdown editor.
Indefinitely nestable tags: Pretty much all the other note-taking apps differentiate between notebooks, tags and templates. IMHO this unnecessarily complicates things. In Notable you can have root tags (
foo), indefinitely nestable tags (
foo/.../qux) and it still supports notebooks and templates, they are just special tags with a different icon (
Upon first instantiation, some tutorial notes will be added to the app, check them out for more in-depth details about the app and how to use it. You can also find the raw version here.
Part of this comparison is personal opinion: you may disagree on the UI front, things I consider bloat may be considered features by somebody else etc. but hopefully this comparison did a good job at illustrating the main differences.
Indefinitely Nestable Tags
Split-Editor + Zen Mode + Quick Open
There are multiple ways to contribute to this project, read about them here.
- enex-dump: Dump the content of Evernote's
.enexfiles, preserving attachments, some metadata and optionally converting notes to Markdown.
- Noty: Autosaving sticky note with support for multiple notes without needing multiple windows.
- Markdown Todo: Manage todo lists inside markdown files with ease. Have the same todo-related shortcuts that Notable provides, but in Visual Studio Code.
- Todo+: Manage todo lists with ease. Powerful, easy to use and customizable.
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