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Comparing some note taking apps such as obsidian and joplin

Atri Hegde published on
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I am going to be starting university in a few months, and wanted to settle down on a note taking app that would carry me through my 4 years at university. I have been using obsidian for well over 6 months now, taking small notes, and using it as a journal at times, and am used to how plugins, and other features of the app work. However it closed source, and I felt the need to switch to something open source and free. This is when I found joplin.


  • It is free and open source software.
  • It offers free sync options using nextcloud/WebDAV or other providers such onedrive and dropbox.
  • It offers a fully CLI version for users that want it. This is something I'll definitely be checking out soon.
  • It offers free end to end encryption.
  • Enhanced markdown support.
  • Very useful webclipper function (requires browser addon, allowing you to quickly screenshot, clip url, or save page content as markdown or html).
  • Easy exports and imports.
  • No paywall for features.


  • Desktop app uses electron.
  • I dislike the way notebooks are managed, I prefer the 'vault' system from obsidian that I used to use.


Although its a bit different from used to, it seems powerful enough for my needs, and has a lot of features that seem useful to me. It is a shame that uses electron but I do understand the reason for doing so. All in all I think its fantastic for my use case, which would be note taking for university. I will be learning LaTeX soon, so keep an eye out for the review of LaTeX; since I will probably replace joplin with LaTeX if I become proficient enough in it!