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Designed specially for Markdown, VNote is a Vim-inspired note-taking application, which knows programmers and Markdown better.



Users from China can download the latest release of VNote from Baidu Netdisk.


Windows Build Status

NOT supported in XP since QtWebEngineProcess used by VNote could not work in XP.



Build Status

There is an AppImage format standalone executable of VNote for major Linux distributions. Any help for packaging and distribution on Linux is appreciated!


Currently vnote on openSUSE Tumbleweed can be installed from home:opensuse_zh project on OBS. You can execute the following command directly:

sudo zypper ar https://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/opensuse_zh/openSUSE_Tumbleweed/ home:opensuse_zh
sudo zypper ref
sudo zypper in vnote

For other architectures, please search for vnote at software.opensuse.org.

We don't support Leap 42 and below due to the Qt version. Please use AppImage or build it yourself.

Arch Linux

VNote on Arch Linux can be installed from the AUR as vnote-git:

git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/vnote-git.git
cd vnote-git
makepkg -sic


Build Status

You can also install VNote using homebrew, through the cask tap:

brew cask install vnote


VNote is a Qt-based, free and open source note-taking application, focusing on Markdown. VNote is designed to provide comfortable edit experience.

VNote is NOT just a simple editor for Markdown. By providing notes management, VNote makes taking notes in Markdown simpler and more pleasant.

Utilizing Qt, VNote could run on Linux, Windows, and macOS.



  • Github issues;
  • Email: tamlokveer at gmail.com;
  • WeChat Public Account: VNote笔记 (vnote_md);
    VNote WeChat


  • Supports inserting images directly from clipboard;
  • Supports syntax highlights of fenced code blocks in both edit and read mode;
  • Supports outline in both edit and read mode;
  • Supports custom styles in both edit and read mode;
  • Supports Vim mode and a set of powerful shortcuts;
  • Supports infinite levels of folders;
  • Supports multiple tabs and splitting windows;
  • Supports Mermaid, Flowchart.js, and MathJax;
  • Supports HiDPI;
  • Supports attachments of notes.
  • Supports themes and dark mode.

Why VNote

Markdown Editor & Notes Management

VNote tries to be a powerful Markdown editor with notes management, or a note-taking application with pleasant Markdown support. If you are a fan of Markdown and enjoy writing Markdown notes for study, work, and life, VNote is the right tool for you.

Pleasant Markdown Experience

Insights About Markdown

Markdown, as a simple mark language, unlike rich text, was born with a gap between edit and read. There are about three ways to handle this gap:

  1. As one extreme, some editors just treat Markdown as plain text. Users may lose themselves in the messy black characters. It is hard to keep track of the information of the note.
  2. Most Markdown editors use two panels to edit and preview Markdown notes simultaneously. It makes things easier since users could see a pleasant typesetting and layout while editing the text. However, two panels may occupy the whole screen and users keep moving eyes left and right which will be a big distraction.
  3. As another extreme, some editors convert the Markdown elements in place immediately after the typing, which makes editing Markdown just like editing rich text document in Word.

Since most editors choose the second way to handle the gap, people always think of preview when it comes to Markdown. It may be a misunderstanding about Markdown. Designed as a simple mark language, Markdown is intended to help to keep track of the information of the text when editing and provide a beautiful typesetting when reading after being converted to HTML.

Tradeoff: VNote's Way

VNote tries to minimize the gap and provide the best-effort WYSIWYG for Markdown via tuned syntax highlights and some other features. By helping to keep track of the content, there is no need to preview or alter the text immediately after being typed.


Notebook-Based Notes Management

VNote uses notebooks to hold your notes. Like OneNote, a notebook can be hosted on any location on your system. A notebook is designed to represent one account. For example, you could have one notebook hosted on local file system and another notebook hosted on an OwnCloud server. This is really useful when notes require different levels of security.

A notebook corresponds to a self-contained folder (called the Root Folder of the notebook) in the file system. You could copy the folder to another location (or on another computer) and import it into VNote.

A notebook could have infinite levels of folders. VNote supports copying or moving folders or notes within or between notebooks.

Simple Notes Management

All your notes are managed by some plaintext configuration files and stored as plaintext files. You could access your notes without VNote. You could use external file synchronization services to synchronize your notes and import them on another machine.

VNote supports both Markdown (suffix md) and rich text notes.

Syntax Highlight

VNote supports accurate syntax highlight for Markdown. Tuning the style of the highlight, VNote enables you to keep track of your document easily.

VNote also supports syntax highlight for fenced code blocks in edit mode in Markdown, which is superior than almost all current Markdown editors.

Syntax Highlight

Live Image Preview

VNote supports previewing the image link in edit mode. With this, you could just stay in edit mode as much as possible.

Live Image Preview

Pleasant Image Experience

Just paste your image into the Markdown note, VNote will manage all other stuffs. VNote stores images in a specified folder in the same folder with the note. VNote will pop up a window to preview the image when you insert an image. Furthermore, VNote will delete the useless image files automatically after you remove the image links.

Interactive Outline Viewer In Read & Edit Mode

VNote provides a user-friendly outline viewer for both edit and view mode. The outline viewer is a responsive item tree instead of a segment of HTML.

Powerful Shortcuts

VNote supports many pleasant and powerful shortcuts which facilitate your editing, including Vim Mode, Captain Mode, and Navigation Mode which enable you to work without the mouse.

Please refer to the shortcuts help in the help menu for more details.

Highly Configurable

In VNote, almost everything is configurable, such as background color, font, and Markdown style. VNote uses a plaintext file to record all your configuration, so you could just copy that file to initialize a new VNote on another computer.


You could help VNote's development in may ways.

  • Keep monitoring VNote and sending feedback for improvement.
  • Spread and promote VNote to your friends. Popularity is a strong power to drive developers.
  • Participate in the development of VNote and send PullRequest to make VNote perfect.
  • Last, really appreciate your donate to VNote if you think VNote really helps you and you want to help VNote.

Thanks very much to them who donated to VNote!



VNote is licensed under the MIT license.

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A Vim-inspired note-taking application, especially for Markdown. Mirror of https://github.com/tamlok/vnote.git expand collapse


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