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  1. A second brain, for you, forever. Obsidian is a powerful knowledge base that works on top of a local folder of plain text Markdown files.

  2. Joplin is a free, open source note taking and to-do application, which can handle a large number of notes organised into notebooks. The notes are searchable, tagged and modified either from the applications directly or from your own text editor.


    Has anyone used Joplin ( How does it compare to Obsidian? I've used Joplin for a while. It's Markdown so I like it. The UI is dry (compared to Evernote).
  3. An open source native runtime that makes it easy to build cross-platform apps that run equally well on iOS, Android, and the Web.

    Yup! The app is written in TypeScript and shares much of the code with our desktop app. We're using Capacitor
  4. Logseq is a local-first, non-linear, outliner notebook for organizing and sharing your personal knowledge base.

  5. Manage your Notes from any Git Repo.

    While not as feature rich, I found GitJournal[1] to be a good app that supports markdown + git sync. [1]:
  6. A minimal Markdown reading & writing app.

  7. Extension for Visual Studio - A set of extensions to Visual Studio 2012 Professional (and above) which improves developer productivity.

    I've tried Foam but I've landed on Markdown Memo ( which also has the Graph view and so on implemented. I use a lot more markdown related extensions too but this is the main one in VSCode.
  8. The Markdown-based note-taking app that doesn't suck.

    I have used many different note taking tools and I like Obsidian but I am a very happy user of I also tried in the past but that one actually edits in preview mode and that made the view really weird. It is good there is a lot of variety in this space...
  9. The powerful Git client for iOS

    I just found this:
  10. File system notes manager

    I’ve been very much enjoying FSNotes [0] as a replacement for Notational Velocity (and nvALT) which are both abandonware at this point. FSNotes is a native app, is FLOSS and is actively maintained. It lacks some of the advanced features of Obsidian (like Graph View) but it has the essentials (hyperlinks and tag sidebar). [0]
  11. An analog note-taking system for the digital age

    Do you mean something like: * bullet journal \.
  12. Create, share, and understand knowledge in a new way


    Obsidian is definitely a great tool for knowledge management, and now it's even able to do all that on mobile! Personally, I've used our tool Hypernotes ( It released with a mobile version of it and also runs of all the platforms and has a web version too. It is also able to do all the features the modern "second brain" note-taking apps offer.
  13. Dendron is an open-source, local-first, markdown-based, note-taking tool built on top of VSCode. It supports all the usual features you would expect like tagging, backlinks, a graph view, split panes, and so forth.

    freemium $5.0 / Monthly (Custom domain name for publishing.)

    Same for me. I tried to build a [plugin for VScode]( (with a fraction of feature of notable) but I finally moved to [Dendron]( I'm happy with it for the moment because I feel less coupled to a Software.
  14. Write notes and flashcards with Markdown and study them with spaced repetition.

    You may want to check out Mochi [0], a markdown based SRS app. Similar to Obsidian in that it is a local-first architecture with a focus on zettelkasten style note cards. [0]
  15. Open-source, local-first Roam Research

    After searching around (and trying Roam, Obsidian, a bit of Tiddlywiki, etc) I ended up sticking with Athens [0][1]. It's essentially an open-source version of Roam, and it's YC funded. I've found it to already be mature enough to be a good replacement for Roam. [0]: [1]: