Beautifully simple. Simply the best note-taking app for Mac.

Take notes, create checklists, record audio, capture moments with Notebook. All your notes are instantly synced across your devices and to the cloud. 

The simple, intimate joy of Notebook comes from using the app. We've been meticulous in our design, paying attention to every detail. Notebook is 100% free and ad-free. Mobile apps and a Web Clipper are also available.

Notebook provides different ways to take notes and capture your thoughts.
 - Write notes. Start with text, add images, checklists or audio, all in the same note.
- Create and mark checklists to get stuff done with the dedicated checklist note card.
- Record ideas, meetings, and lectures with the audio note card.
- Capture moments using the dedicated photo note card.

Content added to Notebook gets intelligently formatted into beautiful, distinct cards.
- Recipe Card automatically pulls the recipe photo and description, creates a checklist for ingredients, and provides step-by-step cooking instructions. See for supported sites.
- Video Card automatically pulls video preview and, once cards is opened, plays in a distraction-free space. Works for YouTube and Vimeo.
- Link Card pulls the headline or page title of any link, along with the main image, creating a beautiful note card.

We've brought mobile-inspired gestures to the Mac. Navigate Notebook without a single click.
- Hover over notebooks and note cards; two finger swipe for more information, or to lock or delete.
- Pinch in and out to open and close notebooks and note card groups.
- Use two fingers to flick through grouped note cards.

- Choose a notebook cover or create your own by simply dragging an image onto a notebook.
- Color code your notes by choosing from one of our pre-made colors, or by choosing your own. 
- Organize note cards into notebooks; group note cards that go together. 
- Move or copy note cards between notebooks.

- Synchronize all your notes and notebooks across devices and to the cloud.
- Begin taking a note on one device, add to it from another later.
- Lock individual notes and notebooks with Touch ID or passcodes.
- Search your notes within a notebook or across notebooks.

Touch Bar runs through Notebook, providing contextual navigation options throughout the app.
- Change views and create note cards directly from the Touch Bar.
- Each note card comes with its own set of contextual Touch Bar options.
- Change notebook covers or note card colors from the Touch Bar.

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What's New

Version 3.1.2

We've fixed a few bugs.

Ratings and Reviews

3.9 out of 5

68 Ratings

68 Ratings

Has the potential to be AMAZING!!!!


I’ve left Evernote because they left me first. So In searching for a replacement I was immediately drawn to the beautiful aesthetics of this app. Notebooks can have beautiful covers and you can design your own graphics and apply them to the netebook covers as well. The interface is very pleasing and the software has a very ZEN quality to it. You have a nice choice of coloring notes as well. The syncining is very fast considering I have over 100 notebooks that I imported from Evernote. It has a good Evernote import app that was recently added. That said there are a ton of functionailies that are still missing. For instance you can’t export your notes currently, in case you decide to no longer use the app. You can’t sort on the desktop version. You can only share one note. You can’t group notes. Your font selection is limited to one dedicated font you select in the preferences. The functionailites between iphone app and Mac version are not the same. So the choice is to wait patiently while these items are added to the app or find a different app to work with like One Note or Simple note. I’m just too addicted to the beauty of this app to give up on it - so I begrudgingly wait and it may take years. sigh…..

Wonderful Evernote Killer! A+


First, please give us a subued interface option, such as a dark interface. I don’t mind if its dark indigo, black, burnt espresso lol, just please offer a softer UI color than hard white. I would appreciate it as a professional software engineer. Most AAA applications offer dark interfaces such as Microsoft’s Visual Studio, Adobe’s Creative Cloud software suite, etc.

Next, this is such a huge step up over Evernote, I feel bad mentioning the two in the same sentence. Evenote has lost its way a long time ago and thankfully Zoho has stepped in to give everyone a truly proper note-taking ecosystem. I love everything about it, and for everyone who mentions the minor bugs, Zoho will fix them. Just give them time, they seem to be very receptive and listening to their users. I hope they keep pushing because they have struck while the iron was hot. THey just need to continue capatilizing on making an even more refiend product and I truly believe each iteration we see will be more intuitive than the last.

A good app, but no sketching option or exporting


This is a great app, especially if you are into lots of eye-catching colors and big on organization. However, I LOVE to write my notes by hand as well as type, but the Mac version of this app doesn’t allow the sketching feature. To make matters worse, it shows the sketching option in the tutoral, which is misleading. I fumbled around quite a bit trying to find the sketch feature before I realized it was only available on mobile, which will keep me from using it as much as I would have liked. I do own an amazing tablet that really allows my handwriting to come out neat and natural. Also, the fact that you can’t export or backup your notes easily is also a huge problem for me. If these problems are dealt with, I’d personally say this could beat out just about every note-taking app in the store and I have tried many. As of right now, I’m really trying to love this app and waned to use it everyday, and a sketching and exporting option implemented on the Mac would bump this revew to five stars for sure and keep it on my dock.


Zoho Corporation
81.3 MB
English, Arabic, Dutch, Filipino, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Vietnamese
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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