Created: 2012-03-22 09:15
Updated: 2019-02-05 06:08
License: mit


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A very simple note taking application. It has no dependencies and ships as a static binary.

You can view recent changes in the changelog.


  • Secure: Everything is local to your computer
  • Private: Each note can be encrypted
  • Search as you type (tag, tag prefix, and full text index)
  • Standalone: You can use it on an airplane
  • Keyboard friendly
  • Cross platform:
    • Linux (amd64, arm6, arm7)
    • MacOS
    • FreeBSD
    • Windows (experimental)
  • Distributed writes (experimental)
  • Autosave (note specific)


Linux, FreeBSD, MacOS, Windows

Download and extract the latest release version. The zip file contains an executable named notable. The MacOS version also includes an app bundle.

Compile from source (using latest dependencies)

go get -u

Understanding the build

Notable uses GNU Make and shell scripts for it's build. You can get some detail on what the build supports by it's help target:

make help

Compile from source (using known good dependencies)

go get -u -d
make test vet

Run via a rkt container

Download the latest .aci from the release page. Then run it:

sudo rkt run --insecure-options=image --net=host --volume data,kind=host,source=$HOME/.notable \
    --mount volume=data,target=/root/.notable notable-v0.0.7.linux-amd64.aci

Run via a Docker container

docker run -p 8080:8080 -d -v ~/.notable:/root/.notable jmcfarlane/notable:latest

Build the Docker container and run it locally (ephemeral notes)

make docker-runnable
make docker-run


Keyboard shortcuts

Help can be invoked by the ? key (when the note content is not focused).

Notes can be encrypted individually

Search via tag, tag prefix, and full text index

Visual indication of unsaved changes

Edit content

Open multiple notes via tabs

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