Outline – one note app for offline, cloud & WebDAV. OneNote compatible & Office 365 powered.

Capture notes at any spot on a page and draggable around. Organize notes in the world's most natural hierarchy. Store notes in your local file system, and synced across devices with your favorite cloud.

Freedom but clear structure. Power features but focus on note-taking. Beautiful UI. OneNote compatible.

- Choose where you want to store your notes: Dropbox, iCloud, WebDAV, Box, or OneDrive
- Consider a no-cloud option too: some notes need offline and cloud-free privacy
- Mind the coming-soon: SharePoint, OneDrive for Business / Office 365

- Find everything a note needs by the hand: text, lists, tables, images, checkboxes, hyperlinks, and more
- Put that stuff anywhere in a note and then move around / re-size / edit it all, the way you like
- Keep notes structured in a natural hierarchy of pages, sections, and notebooks
- Access a note fast via recents, search, and note links
- Manage font size and color, apply styles and highlighting
- Attach files and insert printouts, to collect documents in one place

- Import from OneNote, to give those notes a new start beyond OneDrive or SharePoint
- Export to OneNote, just in case
- Go beyond import/export and do a real time collaboration on notes with colleagues who use OneNote (your Mac and their PCs)

- From OneNote
- From Circus Ponies
- From Evernote

Whether it is your meeting minutes, research, document annotations, ideas, or even a book, give those a chance to go beyond the limits.

Your notes are essential and do matter more than formats, storage, platforms, or even the app for note-taking.


"Outline features a full complement of tools to construct even the most complicated notes" - Mac|Life.

"I like Outline's clean user interface" – iMore.

"Outline has a comfortable Mac look and feel" - Mac Appstorm.


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What's New

Version 3.21.2

Thanks for using Outline for Mac! This update brings bug fixes and performance improvements. Let us know how we’re doing by rating the app in the AppStore.

Ratings and Reviews

3.9 out of 5

10 Ratings

10 Ratings

Better than Bear, Ulysses, and Evernote


I use this as a OneNote replacement on a mac. It’s not perfect but meets my needs. I tried a lot of alternatives including Evernote before settling on Outline as the only option for me.

If your notes are:
* complex enough to require multiple pages in multiple sections of one notebook; and
* you want to paste in images and screenshots along with your text; and
* you want to include private information that you can’t store unencrypted in the cloud;
then Outline is for you. Bear, Ulysses, and Evernote can’t do all this.

The downside is the lack of online collaboration. These notebooks are for solo use only.

sometimes trouble with syncing

Gardener george

Lovely looking notebook and would be good value, but sometimes it doesn’t sync, and then you have to close the notebook and re-open, i.e... on iMac or iPad or iPhone, this happens both on OneDrive and iCloud notebooks, on some days they will sync as they should but usually no,
Alena the Outline consultant is very patient, but I believe we need a further update on all the devices for the app to run smoothly as it should,

I think the gorilla has gone to sleep, the note book doesn’t sync

OneNote is very good

Buggy and temperamental


With my laptop getting old, I decided to pick up an ipad mini to use for classes from now on. I got myself an external keyboard and had everything worked out, except what app I would use. When I found Outline, I was so happy because it was just what I needed. When I saw there was a mac version that would sync with it, I was even happier. I knew that I would be working from my computer when not on campus, so not having to worry about converting things or manually uploading etc just made my day. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work as flawlessly as it could and should. Syncing can be temperamental at times (I’m using dropbox, so it may be different for people using other cloud services) and the desktop version isn’t nearly as well put together as the ios one. I assumed it would be easier to put a lot of the information in using the desktop app (ie adding reference information for my classes etc) and then just taking notes in classes itself on the ipad, but I’m finding I rarely use the desktop version because it just doesn’t work. It crashes much too often for my liking which really makes things difficult. If it was not so expensive, I don’t think I would mind so much, but it is simply too expensive for it to be so buggy.

I’m hoping for an update soon to resolve some of these issues, otherwise I may have to cut my losses and go find something else.


47.8 MB
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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