Your notes on your hard disk and in your own cloud.

  • Edit your notes with markdown highlighting
  • View your notes in a vertical markdown view
  • Connect to your ownCloud server for additional features like versioning and trash
  • Dark mode theme support
  • Scripting support with QML and JavaScript
  • Configure as many note folders as you want
  • Access your ownCloud trash to restore removed notes
  • Restore old versions of your notes with the ownCloud versioning feature
  • QOwnNotes is available in many different languages
  • QOwnNotes supports Freedesktop icon themes
  • Distraction free mode
  • Get notified about external modifications of your current note
  • Print or export your notes as PDF
  • Create links to webpages, local files or other notes
  • Find text in all your notes
  • Find text in the current note
  • Edit your notes in the web with ownCloud Notes
  • Edit your notes on your mobile device with CloudNotes
  • Manage your ownCloud or Calendar Plus todo lists
  • Hide important information in AES256 encrypted notes
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QOwnNotes is the open source (GPL) plain-text file notepad with markdown support and todo list manager for GNU/Linux, Mac OS X and Windows, that (optionally) works together with the notes application of ownCloud.

  • You own your own notes! All notes are stored as plain-text files on your desktop computer.
  • Sync them over devices (desktop & mobile) with your ownCloud sync client.
  • Use ownCloud Notes to edit your notes in the web.

So 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 web-service.

The notes are stored as plain text files and you can sync them with your ownCloud sync client. Of course other software, like Dropbox, Syncthing, Seafile or BitTorrent Sync can be used too.

I like the concept of having notes accessible in plain text files, like it is done in the ownCloud notes app, 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 in conjunction with ownCloud.

Out of this need QOwnNotes was born and I want to share with you the results.

Please be so kind to leave me a comment on the bottom of the page and tell me how you like QOwnNotes or write me your suggestions.

You can also contribute code by sending me pull requests on GitHub.

Visit the QOwnNotes installation page for all available Ubuntu LinuxMac OS X and Windows releases!

There are many Linux software repositories, amongst them repositories for Ubuntu Linux, Arch Linux, Debian Linux, Gentoo LinuxopenSUSE Linux and Fedora Linux.

To manage your todo lists you need ownCloud tasks or Tasks++ as backend, with which you also can manage your todo lists in the web and on your mobile devices.

To get more features with ownCloud for your notes, like versioning and access to your trashed notes, you might also want to install QOwnNotesAPI on your ownCloud server.

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



  • notes can be created, edited, viewed and removed
  • list of notes is shown
  • the notes folder can be freely chosen (multiple note folders can be used)
  • sub-string searching of notes is possible and search results are highlighted in the notes
  • application can be operated with keyboard shortcuts
  • external changes of note files are watched (notes or note list are reloaded)
  • older versions of your notes can be restored from your ownCloud server
  • trashed notes can be restored from your ownCloud server
  • 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
  • compatible with the notes web-application of ownCloud and mobile ownCloud notes applications
  • compatible with ownCloud's selective sync feature by supporting an unlimited amount of note folders with the ability to choose the respective folder on your server
  • manage your ownCloud todo lists (ownCloud tasks or Tasks Plus / Calendar Plus)
  • encryption of notes (AES-256)
  • dark mode theme support (if your operating system supports it)
  • support for freedesktop theme icons, so you can use QOwnNotes with your native desktop icons and with your favorite dark desktop theme
  • note tagging
  • QOwnNotes is available in many different languages like
    • English
    • German
    • French
    • Polish
    • Chinese
    • Japanese
    • Russian
    • Portuguese
    • Hungarian
    • Dutch
    • Spanish
    • Your help is very much appreciated to improve these translations or to translate QOwnNotes in more languages
      • Join the fun at Crowdin to help with the translations


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.

If you are looking for old comments, you will find them here: QOwnNotes project page on

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