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 1.4
macOS 10.7 and above


Notebooks 1.4
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 1.4


  • You can now choose that selected tasks appear as regular documents in task lists (right-click a task).
  • Open unknown file types as plain text (right-click).
  • New settings for hyphenation and text alignment (left, right, justified), for both plain text and formatted documents.


  • Now using standard keyboard shortcut for “Paste and Match Style”: cmd-shift-alt-V
  • Plain text appears with equal left and right margins when Markdown highlighting is enabled.
  • New Setting: highlight links in plain text.
  • New Setting: apply Markdown highlighting to all plain text documents.
  • New Setting: “Show creation/modification dates in list”.
  • Exchanged position of indent/outdent buttons in formatted documents.
  • Markdown: LaTeX and MathJax are now supported without escaping ($$, ( and [.
  • Markdown: Improved handling for footnotes; they now work in tables as well.
  • When extracting context tags, Notebooks now expects a whitespace preceding @ or #.


  • Sort order for search results is now case insensitive.
  • Fixed a crash when opening internal link from formatted document.
  • Search results: Make sure books inside a task list are shown as book, not at list.
  • When plain text contains a huge number of links, highlighting them happens much faster now.
  • Dragging images in a formatted document now works as expected.

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