What is Athens
Athens is an open-source and local-first alternative to Roam Research. Athens is the most community-driven, private, and extensible knowledge graph.
(Do not auto-update with the Mac M1. Right now M1 build auto-updates to Intel. This is a problem with Electron Builder and we are looking into it.)
Sponsor us for additional features/services at https://opencollective.com/athens!
Demo Athens in your browser (no changes are saved): https://athensresearch.github.io/athens
- The freedom to self-host
- The freedom to use any previous version of Athens for the rest of time
- Insurance against vendor lock-in
- Transparency and direct feedback loops in the development process
- 0% data loss
- 0% downtime
- 100% availability
- 100% local and fast unlike server-first apps (cough Notion and Roam)
The problem with notetaking apps like Evernote or Apple Notes is that once you write a note, after a week you never look at it again. Without any organization, you're stuck praying that search will work for your future self. On the other hand, creating and following a system requires way too much discipline.
Athens lets you take notes with minimal systems, structure, and organization, freeing you to stay creative and in flow state. Athens does this with [[bidirectional links]], ((block references)), and a graph database.
If you want to contribute to Athens as a developer or designer, please begin by reading Contributing. This also contains instructions on how to build Athens on your own computer.
Some tips once you've gotten Athens:
- How to use Athens
- How to file a bug report
- How to file a feature request
- If you have trouble with a new version of Athens, download a previous build on our releases page.
Our Discord community is a space for collaboration and learning (especially about Clojure!).
Every Sunday we have a Community Call at 11am Pacific.
Athens is free to self-host, with additional features and services for our paid sponsors. We are also working on an enterprise offering for companies to self-host. Please see our Open Collective for more details.
To learn more about this project, please see:
- Athens Joins Y Combinator
- MVP Update, Funding, and Why I Started Athens
- Vision — individual and collective memexes — computing and the Web as originally promised
- Governance — BD + Core Team + Guardians + Athenians
- Code of Conduct — our values and guidelines, AKA how to be an awesome Athenian
Athens is here today because of our Sponsors and Contributors. Thank you.
Plus everyone who's commented on GitHub, Discord, Twitter... the community!