zotero VS logseq

Compare zotero vs logseq and see what are their differences.


Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, annotate, cite, and share your research sources. (by zotero)


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. (by logseq)
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zotero logseq
251 543
8,787 28,530
4.2% 4.3%
9.7 9.8
4 days ago 5 days ago
JavaScript Clojure
GNU General Public License v3.0 or later GNU Affero General Public License v3.0
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Posts with mentions or reviews of zotero. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-12-06.
  • I wrote my bibliography manually (Dont ask why). How do I sort it by the first letter of each entry?
    2 projects | /r/LaTeX | 6 Dec 2023
    And next time, you use a real literature management program like zotero (some university libraries offer classes, there is a r/zotero, etc) or jabref to create a proper bibtex file with the references. It is not that difficult, and keeps you sane (esp. if a paper has to be formatted for a different publisher). See e.g. learnlatex.
  • Ask HN: Who is hiring? (December 2023)
    17 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 1 Dec 2023
    Zotero | Remote | Full-Time or Part-Time | https://www.zotero.org

    Zotero is an open-source project that develops software to help people collect, organize, annotate, cite, and share their research. Our software is recommended by most universities and used by millions of students, scholars, scientists, and researchers worldwide.

    We're looking for a JavaScript developer to work on Zotero "translators" — the pieces of code that let people click a button in their browser toolbar on any webpage and save high-quality metadata and files to their Zotero libraries. If you like web scraping, APIs, data formats, and exploring sites in the browser devtools, this would be up your alley. As a core Zotero developer, you'll also have the ability to work across Zotero's vast ecosystem and help shape the future of the project.

    This is an open-ended contract role that can scale up and down in hours based on availability and workload.


  • Show HN: Odin – the integration of LLMs with Obsidian note taking
    7 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 21 Sep 2023
    Zotero is your answer, it even auto generates your citations.


    Apparently there are plugins for Logseq and Obsidian as well.

  • A collection of useful Mac Apps
    32 projects | /r/macapps | 13 Jul 2023
    Zotero - Price: Free Free and open-source reference manager that helps you collect, organize, and cite your research sources.
  • Is there an equivalent of calibredb for research papers?
    3 projects | /r/emacs | 12 Jul 2023
    I use the free and open source Zotero which I think you'd find very calibre-like and manage notes and concept linking with org-roam in emacs.
  • Zotero Better Notes – Knowledge management solution insid}e Zotero
    18 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 24 Jun 2023
    Zotero is great, but only if enhanced with plugins and a few settings. I don't use Zotero Better Notes so far, but here's my list:

    - disable sync

    - set “Base directory” (Preferences > Advanced > Files and Folders) to local literature folder

    - set PDF View to “System default” (Preferences > General > “Open PDFs using..”)

    - Enable recursive quick search in folders: go to Preferences > Advanced > Config Editor, search for `recursiveCollections`, double click (set to True)

    - use CTRL-SHIFT-DRAG to drop files into Zotero as Links, see [#77](https://github.com/zotero/zotero/issues/77)

    - use CTRL-Shift-C to copy bibliography to clipboard

    - Dark Theme [1]

  • How to Read and Organize Online Articles (Without Driving Yourself Crazy)
    3 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 18 Jun 2023
    If I come across an article I want to come back to, I add it to my Zotero [1]. You can choose what level of snapshot to capture; I save thorough enough webpages to not have to worry about linkrot.

    I already had Zotero set up for academic papers, but it probably is good enough to recommend over pocket or Unroll.me or any other ersatz solution.

    It has browser plugins, syncing, both tags and folders, and it's free. You can pay them to sync larger files if you like, or you can use Zotfile.

    1) https://www.zotero.org/

  • Ask HN: What personal knowledge base do you use?
    3 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 12 Jun 2023
    Rather than forcing a single app solution, I suggest a combo. As a well maintained and feature-rich local FOSS, I chose Zotero + Logseq

    https://www.zotero.org/ is not just a citation manager. I look at it as a DB of archived pages, pdfs, and bookmarks.

    https://logseq.com/ is an "advanced" outliner. So for gathering thoughts, it is both highly hierarchical (= outlining) and non-linear (through tagging and links).

    It is a powerful combo, so it could be overwhelming for simpler use cases.

  • WebDAV server on OpenBSD
    3 projects | /r/openbsd | 26 May 2023
    Hi, all! I'm trying to set up a personal server on OpenBSD. One of the things I need the server to be able to do is keep my Zotero files backed up, and Zotero uses WebDAV to do that. So far as I've been able to figure out, OpenBSD does not make it possible to run a WebDAV server. Is that right? I've found cadaver as a WebDAV client, and I've crawled the httpd man pages for any indication of the functionality, but so far, I'm coming up empty.
  • Todoist for capture? Thinking about using Todoist to capture web bookmarks (articles, websites, books, podcasts, etc.). Are any of you doing the same? If not what tool are you using?
    2 projects | /r/todoist | 21 May 2023
    I use Zotero and Obsidian for this. I have been burned too many times with online services and my notes. I own the data this way.


Posts with mentions or reviews of logseq. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2024-01-20.
  • Notes on Emacs Org Mode
    3 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 20 Jan 2024
    Sorry, but _what exactly_ «it seems to do» from your point of view?

    My «second brain» now is almost 300Mb of text, pictures, sound files, PDF and other stuff. As I already mentioned, it contains tables, mathematical formulae, sheet music, cross-references, code samples, UML diagrams and graphs in Graphviz format. It is versioned, indexed by local search engine, analyzed by AI assistant and shared between many computers and mobile devices. And (last but not least) it works: it allows me to solve my tasks way more faster than with the assistant of external, non-personalized tools (like ChatGPT, StackExchange or Google).

    I know no tools for all this tasks except org-mode. Well, maybe Evernote in the 2010-s was something similar — but with less features, with more bugs and with worse interface.

    Personal note-taking _is_ a complex task per se (well, at least for someone like typical HN visitor). I've seen many note-taking tools, that were ridiculously featureless, stupid and inconvenient because they were _not_ complex enough.

    > Sure if one wants to do emacs-gardening it is fine.

    1)You can use org-mode outside Emacs. See for example Logseq (https://logseq.com/), organice (https://organice.200ok.ch/) or EasyOrg.

    2)Org-mode works in Emacs out of the box, you don't need any «emacs-gardening» to use org-mode.

    3)The term «Emacs-gardening» itself sound a bit like hate-speech for me. The complexity of Emacs customization is overrated, mostly due to opinions of people who never used Emacs or used it in the previous millennium.

  • Why I Like Obsidian
    22 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 17 Jan 2024
    Obsidian is great.

    For those looking for an open source alternative (or don't want to pay the Obsidian fees for professional usage) check out Logseq: https://logseq.com/

  • Obsidian 1.5 Desktop (Public)
    10 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 26 Dec 2023
    For an opensource alternative to Obsidian checkout Logseq (1). I spent a while thinking obsidian was opensource out of my own ignorance and was disappointed when I learned it was not.

    1: https://logseq.com/

  • logseq VS Einwurf - a user suggested alternative
    2 projects | 20 Dec 2023
  • Notesnook – open-source and zero knowledge private note taking app
    5 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 20 Dec 2023
  • I'm a science student and amateur web dev. Is this the right tool?
    3 projects | /r/orgmode | 7 Dec 2023
    While Emacs and Org mode can certainly be used for this (and, when they can't, you can always inject little python/js scripts in your emacs config to take care of specific things), I'd also recommend you take a look at Logseq.
  • Ask HN: What are some unpopular technologies you wish people knew more about?
    56 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 2 Dec 2023
    My work notes (and email) has shifted into emacs but I'm still editing zimwiki formatted files w/ the many years of notes accumulated in it Though I've lost it moving to emacs, the Zim GUI has a nice backlink sidebar that's amazing for rediscovery. Zim also facilitates hierarchy (file and folder) renames which helps take the pressure off creating new files. I didn't make good use of the map plugin, but it's occasionally useful to see the graph of connected pages.

    I'm (possibly unreasonably) frustrated with using the browser for editing text. Page loads and latency are noticeably, editor customization is limited, and shortcuts aren't what I've muscle memory for -- accidental ctrl-w (vim:swap focus, emacs/readline delete word) is devastating.

    Zim and/or emacs is super speedy. Especially with local files. I using syncthing to get keep computers and phone synced. But, if starting fresh, I might look at things that using markdown or org-mode formatting instead. logseq (https://logseq.com/) looks pretty interesting there.

    Sorry! Long answer.

  • Evernote will restrict free users to 50 notes starting December 4
    5 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 30 Nov 2023
    After trying out dozens of things like this, the only one that has stuck for over a year for me has been logseq.


  • On Keeping a Logbook (2010)
    2 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 25 Oct 2023
  • John Carmack's Quake Worklogs
    2 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 7 Oct 2023
    You might enjoy something that takes advantage of this type of note-taking, like logseq (https://logseq.com/). The way I understand it (I haven't tried it out yet) is that it builds up hierarchies from bullet lists and can organize your knowledge base with them in mind, which means your daily notes can have a hierarchical bullet list and potentially you could query for every day you worked on a particular feature in a particular project very easily.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing zotero and logseq you can also consider the following projects:

obsidian-mind-map - An Obsidian plugin for displaying markdown notes as mind maps using Markmap.

obsidian-dataview - A high-performance data index and query language over Markdown files, for https://obsidian.md/.

Zettlr - Your One-Stop Publication Workbench

Joplin - Joplin - the secure note taking and to-do app with synchronisation capabilities for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android and iOS.

athens - Athens is a knowledge graph for research and notetaking. Athens is open-source, private, extensible, and community-driven.

AppFlowy - AppFlowy is an open-source alternative to Notion. You are in charge of your data and customizations. Built with Flutter and Rust.

calibre - The official source code repository for the calibre ebook manager

foam - A personal knowledge management and sharing system for VSCode

TiddlyWiki - A self-contained JavaScript wiki for the browser, Node.js, AWS Lambda etc.

Visual Studio Code - Visual Studio Code

org-roam-ui - A graphical frontend for exploring your org-roam Zettelkasten

org-roam - Rudimentary Roam replica with Org-mode