QOwnNotes is a plain-text file notepad and todo-list manager with markdown support and ownCloud / Nextcloud integration.
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QOwnNotes is the open source notepad with markdown support and todo list manager for GNU/Linux, Mac OS X and Windows, that works together with the default notes application of ownCloud and Nextcloud.

You are able to write down your thoughts with QOwnNotes and edit or search for them later from your mobile device, like with CloudNotes or the ownCloud / Nextcloud web-service.

The notes are stored as plain text files and are synced with ownCloud's / Nextcloud's file sync functionality. Of course other software, like Syncthing or Dropbox can be used too.

I like the concept of having notes accessible in plain text files, like it is done in the ownCloud / Nextcloud notes apps, to gain a maximum of freedom, but I was not able to find a decent desktop note taking tool or a text editor, that handles them well. Out of this need QOwnNotes was born.

Visit the project page here: QOwnNotes project page

To manage your todo lists in the web and on your mobile devices, you need to install the Tasks backend on ownCloud or Nextcloud.

To get more on-line features for your notes, like versioning and trash access, you might also want to install the QOwnNotesAPI app on your server.

To access your ownCloud notes from your mobile device you may want to get these:

On Android you could also use any sync-tool like Synchronize Ultimate or FolderSync to sync your note files and use software like neutriNotes or Markor to edit your notes.



You can visit the QOwnNotes project page for more screenshots.


  • multiple note folders can be used
  • older versions of your notes can be restored from your ownCloud / Nextcloud server (install QOwnNotesAPI on your server)
  • trashed notes can be restored from your ownCloud / Nextcloud server (install QOwnNotesAPI on your server)
  • sub-string searching of notes is possible and search results are highlighted in the notes
  • application can be operated with customizable keyboard shortcuts
  • external changes of note files are watched (notes or note list are reloaded)
  • differences between current note and externally changed note are showed in a dialog
  • markdown highlighting of notes and a markdown preview mode
  • notes are getting their name from the first line of the note text (just like in the ownCloud notes web-application) and the note text files are automatically renamed, if the the first line changes
    • this feature can also be turned off and you can use any filename you like
  • manage your ownCloud todo lists (ownCloud tasks or Tasks Plus / Calendar Plus)
  • encryption of notes (AES-256 is built in or you can use custom encryption methods like Keybase.io (encryption-keybase.qml) or PGP (encryption-pgp.qml))
  • dark mode theme support
  • all panels can be placed wherever you want, they can even float or stack (fully dockable)
  • toolbars are fully customizable
  • support for freedesktop theme icons, so you can use QOwnNotes with your native desktop icons and with your favorite dark desktop theme QOwnNotes supports Freedesktop icon themes
  • QOwnNotes is available in many different languages like English, German, French, Polish, Chinese, Russian, Portuguese, Hungarian, Dutch and Spanish
    • your kind help is needed to maintain these translations or to translate QOwnNotes in more languages
  • support for hierarchical note tagging and note subfolders
  • support for sharing notes on your ownCloud / Nextcloud server
  • portable mode for carrying QOwnNotes around on USB sticks
  • Evernote import

Building QOwnNotes

To get the most current features you can build the application from the source code. Download the latest source here: QOwnNotes Source on GitHub as ZIP

Alternatively you can also checkout the code directly from the git repository:

git clone https://github.com/pbek/QOwnNotes.git -b master
cd QOwnNotes
git submodule update --init

Then download Qt Creator, open the project file src/QOwnNotes.pro and click on Build / Run.

Or you can build it directly in your terminal:

cd src

Please feel free to contribute source code to this project, make suggestions or report troubles on the QOwnNotes issues page!

You can also visit QOwnNotes on GitHub.



If you are having trouble or would like to help out, join #qownnotes on Freenode.

Kiwi IRC (IRC in your web browser): QOwnNotes IRC

Join the Gitter channel

Gitter chat

Minimum software requirements

  • A desktop operating system, that supports Qt
  • Qt 5.3+
  • gcc 4.8+


This SOFTWARE PRODUCT is provided by THE PROVIDER "as is" and "with all faults." THE PROVIDER makes no representations or warranties of any kind concerning the safety, suitability, lack of viruses, inaccuracies, typographical errors, or other harmful components of this SOFTWARE PRODUCT.

There are inherent dangers in the use of any software, and you are solely responsible for determining whether this SOFTWARE PRODUCT is compatible with your equipment and other software installed on your equipment. You are also solely responsible for the protection of your equipment and backup of your data, and THE PROVIDER will not be liable for any damages you may suffer in connection with using, modifying, or distributing this SOFTWARE PRODUCT.

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