Notable: The markdown-based note-taking app that doesn't suck

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The markdown-based note-taking app that doesn't suck.

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Notable

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.

Features

/path/to/your/data_directory
β”œβ”€β”¬ attachments
β”‚ β”œβ”€β”€ foo.ext
β”‚ β”œβ”€β”€ bar.ext
β”‚ └── …
└─┬ notes
  β”œβ”€β”€ foo.md
  β”œβ”€β”€ 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.jpg to a note everything about it will…



This is a very slick looking product for taking notes in markdown instead of wysiwyg, plaintext, etc. Open source, promising project.

Of course, built with Electron. This will be a turn off for some.

DISCUSS (12)
 

Thanks for sharing, I was looking for a markdown based note taking app. Always great to see polished open source solutions.

Personally, I still use Workflowy for almost all of my note taking. I love that it's limited to lists, but some things need more formatting. In these cases I rather reach for Markdown than GDrive or MS Office.

 

I just gave this a shot yesterday. It is indeed a very-well designed app!

However, I decided to stick to MacDown because:

  • It is faster to load and feels much lighter overall (Electron is a turn off for me here).
  • It has LaTeX support, which I absolutely need for my lecture notes (although it seems Notable has that on master).
  • It doesn't make any assumption as to where and how you store your notes, or even whether you sync them. I'm used to just dropping plain Markdown files in well-named Dropbox folders, and that has worked very well for me. Having a sidebar with tags and menus and categories etc may do it for some, but that's too much for me. And if I want mobile edits, I just do so on the Dropbox app (which has Markdown preview built-in).
 
 

I was actually just about to start working on making one myself but now..

 

There are quite a few of these out there (of varying quality). I'll give this one a look, thanks for sharing!

 
 

This is a great app thanks for sharing. I am looking to replace .txt notes with markdown notes and this looks very easy to use.

 

Thanks! Good job! I'm also working on an Electron-App with TS currently, and this code seems readable and useful to study.

 

I really enjoy notion.so it's markdown but with additional features that make it really fast for me to enter a new item. It's the first app that has a mobile version I use easily.

 
 
 

Looks good! I've been using Bear, which has similar functionality, for a little over a year now and am very happy with it.

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