Joplin VS focalboard

Compare Joplin vs focalboard and see what are their differences.


Joplin - an open source note taking and to-do application with synchronization capabilities for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android and iOS. Forum: (by laurent22)


Focalboard is an open source, self-hosted alternative to Trello, Notion, and Asana. (by mattermost)
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Joplin focalboard
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27,507 7,281
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9.9 9.9
7 days ago 4 days ago
TypeScript TypeScript
GNU General Public License v3.0 or later GNU General Public License v3.0 or later
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Posts with mentions or reviews of Joplin. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-01-13.
  • Sync issue on Android Joplin ver 2.6.9
    1 project | | 14 Jan 2022
    File sync is currently broken on android due to changes in the api - see
  • What's the BEST Alternative of Evernote out there which is mostly FREE, Secure, Encryption, Sync all/most devices and same or similar features)?
    2 projects | | 13 Jan 2022
  • How do my friends of ethiopia deal with student burnout because of studying and stress? How do you manage stress in your life?
    2 projects | | 12 Jan 2022
    You have to take good notes. I recommend Obsidian or Joplin. Then I recommend that you use Atlassian Jira for tracking your tasks and projects.
  • Launch HN: Clover (YC S20) – Notes, whiteboarding, and daily planner in one tool
    1 project | | 11 Jan 2022
    >Besides I have free and open source

    Not from me. I personally don't need Dropbox but I can see the utility if a company want to share a 1 TB storage area between employees. I'm guessing that's how it's used since I've never used it.

    Edit: I took a look in my note taking bookmarks folder to see what I meant. I thought Obsidian was open source but it's not. I was thinking of Joplin, which I haven't tried yet, but will today

  • Private cloud storage for my family + Note taking + Issue tracker
    1 project | | 9 Jan 2022
  • Private Cloud Notes App?
    1 project | | 8 Jan 2022
    My go to is Standard Notes, I made the jump from Keep to that when de-Google-ing. Joplin and Turtl are also good options, from what I understand.
  • My First Impressions of Web3
    12 projects | | 7 Jan 2022
    I love the idea(ls) of cryptocurrencies and yet I hate "web3" because it's a misnomer that led to a series of misconstructions:

    Web3 is futile because it attempts to rebuild the Web (1) on an abysmally resource-constrained global computer which (2) uses a bunch of protocols that makes it impossible interact with using web browsers thus requiring a series of intermediary parties whom participants have to rely on. It is not even the fact that I need to trust those intermediaries, I trust a bunch of Web 2 corporations for some of the most critical services anyway, but the fact that we end up where we have started except it is now more expensive and much slower.

    It is easy to dismiss Web3 as such, but that would not be fruitful. Besides all financial incentives, I (would like to) believe that there is a group of people who are sincerely interested in a more decentralized web, or rather, a web that is decentralized in a fundamentally different way than Web 2 and Web 1 are and were. To make it more concrete, there is an interest in decoupling authoring and hosting of web services; Linux distributions have had mirrors all over the world for the efficient distribution of data years before BitTorrent, so the magic of BitTorrent was not just about its efficiency promises, but in bringing content-addressed data to masses and thus decoupling the authoring (torrent creating) and the hosting (seeding) of content. Instead of having to ask Debian's permission to set up a mirror, I could now simply seed its torrent. It thus mattered that this decoupling has been implemented not at a social level (mirrors) but at a protocol level (peers).

    You may be familiar with the concept of cardinality in databases: one-to-one, one-to-many, many-to-many. Indeed, it can be just as useful to describe the access patterns to databases:

    (A) A one-for-one database is where a single writer is storing data for themselves. In the world of decentralized apps (not necessarily crypto-ridden web3), a good example is (and Zero Data Apps[0] in general) which allows you to "bring your own storage". On desktop, you have Joplin[1] for note-keeping that can synchronize to various cloud services.

    (B) A one-for-many database is where a single writer is distributing content to many. BitTorrent and IPFS are prime examples of this.

    (C) On the other hand, a many-for-many database is one that multiple writers store data for multiple readers. A centralized example of this is Hacker News, Twitter, reddit, and so on... This is what web3 attempts to be. There are a couple application-level attempts[2] at this, but not as much at a lower level that can enable arbitrary many-for-many use cases except blockchains.

    Sadly the critics of web3 do not acknowledge that there are legitimate use cases for decentralized many-to-many databases that would, for instance, allow members of Hacker News to be able to host it in the same way that they are able to seed an existing torrent, and there are currently no other application-agnostic solutions than blockchains. Sadly, again, the proponents of web3 do not realize that the consistency guarantees of a financial ledger are too unnecessarily strict for many use cases.

    I am working on a many-for-many database with much lesser consistency guarantees using SQLite and based on CRDTs designed to be used in browsers from day one (hence, as an example, using P-256[3] for public key cryptography rather than Bitcoin's and Ethereum's secp256k1 as the former is readily available in WebCrypto). This is something I do in my spare time and 100% for experimentation and fun without any financial motives or elements; let me know if you are interested in collaborating or following, email in the bio.






  • Any Useful Study/Note taking Apps?
    1 project | | 6 Jan 2022
    I'm currently using Joplin.
  • IS there a opensource Journaling app that syncs between windows, mac and iphone?
    1 project | | 6 Jan 2022
  • Cross-Platform Text Editor Suggestions
    1 project | | 5 Jan 2022
    Take a look at Joplin -- -- free. open source. its a more privacy conscious version of OneNote.


Posts with mentions or reviews of focalboard. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-01-05.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing Joplin and focalboard you can also consider the following projects:

Trilium Notes - Build your personal knowledge base with Trilium Notes

Boostnote - This repository is outdated and new Boost Note app is available! We've launched a new Boost Note app which supports real-time collaborative writing.

obsidian - GraphQL, built for Deno - a native GraphQL caching client and server module

Standard Notes - A free, open-source, and completely encrypted notes app.

OpenProject - OpenProject is the leading open source project management software.

QOwnNotes - QOwnNotes is a plain-text file notepad and todo-list manager with markdown support and Nextcloud / ownCloud integration.

logseq - A local-first, non-linear, outliner notebook for organizing and sharing your personal knowledge base. Use it to organize your todo list, to write your journals, or to record your unique life.

Wekan - The Open Source kanban (built with Meteor). Keep variable/table/field names camelCase. For translations, only add Pull Request changes to wekan/i18n/en.i18n.json , other translations are done at only.

vscode-notion - Browse Notion pages right inside Visual Studio Code.

obsidian-calendar-plugin - Simple calendar widget for Obsidian.

Kanboard - Kanban project management software

HedgeDoc - HedgeDoc - The best platform to write and share markdown.