Notebooks is the only notebook you ever need. It allows you to create as many books as you need to write, store and structure your details of life, and it will quickly become the one and only repository for all journals, ideas, notes, drafts and diaries but also for your projects, task lists, documents, files and everything else you want to keep close at hand.

Use Notebooks to create carefully formatted documents with styles and embedded photos, or to quickly write plain text notes. Convert between these formats any time, and if you want to use Markdown, Notebooks knows how to handle that as well. It is a perfect, distraction free writing environment.

Notebooks stores and displays almost any type of document: plain text and formatted text, PDF, web pages, MS Office documents, photos, videos, music and much more. Everything you want to keep organized can go directly into Notebooks.

Notebooks also keeps your task lists and allows you to tick off your to-dos as you complete them. Divide your projects into nested sub projects, which makes them easier to handle, and cross-reference into your reference library, which, of course, is in Notebooks, too.

Notebooks for Mac can share its files with the mobile versions of Notebooks on the iPad and iPhone, which allows you to conveniently work on your documents from your desktop, but also on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch when you are on your way. The synchronization between the devices currently supports Dropbox and many WebDAV servers (with Dropbox currently being the most convenient option).

Notebooks stores all your documents as regular files on your computer’s hard drive, so you can always access them through Finder to open and edit with other applications, too.
So whether you need to write something down or look something up, you need to have Notebooks on your Mac.

Get Notebooks for Mac

Notebooks 1.3.1
macOS 10.7 and above


Notebooks 1.3
macOS 10.6.8

If you do not yet have a valid license file, these versions will expire after 30 days.
To continue using Notebooks after that trial period, please purchase a license file or
buy Notebooks from the Mac App Store.

Should you buy from the Mac App Store or download directly from this site? – Purchasing from the Mac App Store (MAS) is very convenient; you usually don’t need to enter your payment info, and you don’t need to care about updates. On the downside, however, Apple imposes restrictions on apps sold through the MAS by forcing them into a sandbox, which has a few negative effects: Notebooks is unable to resolve hard links, and it is unable to use Acrobat Reader as plugin to display PDF documents. So if you rely on hard links or Acrobat Reader, or if you just don’t like the idea of an app being restricted by Mac OS, you should download and purchase Notebooks from this site.

New in Version 1.3.1


  • For some users, Spotlight search did not return any results.
  • The Mac App Store version of Notebooks was unable to launch the Notebooks server.

Both issues have been addressed and fixed.

New in Version 1.3


  • Following user requests we added a “light” user interface style.
  • Notebooks now shows its own “book” icons instead of generic folder icons.
  • Support for Split View on El Capitan.
  • Support for adding Contacts and Calendar Events by drag and drop.
  • When sorting lists by date, the date appears right next to the title.

Plain text documents

  • Allow multiple selections in plain text documents.
  • Cmd-alt-V (paste as Markdown) correctly translates all types of links.
  • Typed text no longer picks up style of clickable links and always uses correct font.
  • When detecting lists in plain text, Notebooks accepts single markers and ignore sequences like “–”.
  • Improved handling of edge cases when indenting/outdenting lists.

Formatted Documents

  • New keyboard shortcuts so select the paragraph format (cmd-ctrl-0…7).
  • The default theme features an improved style for ordered lists.

Corrections and Improvements

  • When dragging an item from Finder into Notebooks’ tree or list view, copy and move work as expected.
  • When creating a new book it can be renamed right away.
  • Right-click on the list view’s empty space (at the bottom) brings up context menu for the book.
  • SmartyPants setting was used in its negated form.
  • Improved support of absolute links to Notebooks’ NBResources folder (at the top level) makes it possible to include individual scripts and styles.
  • Changing a document’s title by editing its first line no longer slows down typing.
  • Search: the state of “search all books” is sticky.
  • Search scope and number of items found now appear in a status bar at bottom of window.
  • Moving last document aways from a book no longer leads to a crash.
  • Notebooks no longer becomes unresponsive when opening files that Quicklook is unable to handle (Acron, for example).
  • Avoid Twitter and Facebook popups when opening links in imported documents.
  • Many more improvements, changes and corrections.

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