Code Quality Rank: L4
Programming language: PHP
Tags: Note-taking & Editors    
Latest version: v0.4

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Jotter is a lightweight, no database, powerful web notebook that lets you create and manage notes online safely, quickly & easily.

See the demo or install it yourself!


  • Markdown and WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editors
  • organize notes hierarchically
  • manage as many notebooks as you want
  • multi-user support (currently, notebooks can't be shared between users)
  • no DBMS needed. Everything is stored in flat files (JSON & Markdown)

Jotter screenshot


  • PHP 5.3 or above
  • write access to the sub-directory data/


New install

  1. Upload it (or git clone it) on your server (let's say in /var/www/jotter)
  2. Go to the corresponding URL (lets say http://www.example.com/jotter)


Currently the update is quite easy:

  1. (optional) backup your data/ directory up
  2. just overwrite app files with latest version ((or git pull it)
  3. That's all, folks!


  • Next version:
    • remember folded/unfolded folder (will change the save format)
  • Following ones:
    • Trash bin for deleted notes
    • Keep last N versions of each note and restore it on demand
    • Option to make some notes/notebooks publicly accessible
  • Not sure if possible:
    • Sync API (à la Simplenotes?) for desktop/mobile apps
    • Share notebooks between users & handle concurrent edit (à la Etherpad?)
    • Patch the WYSIWYG and Markdown libraries to enhance behavior and avoid most common rendering problems

Version History

  • v0.4 (2014-03-20)
    • major Javascript rewrite
    • introduced markdown editor (with help page)
    • fixed wysiyg editor issues
    • display version number
    • dropdown for changing notebook now always accessible
    • add note/directory now accessible from contextual menu
    • fixed save shortcut not always working in Firefox
  • v0.3 (2013-11-28)
    • drag & drop to move notes/directories within a notebook
  • v0.2 (2013-11-22)
    • fold/unfold directories (not yet saved on server)
    • moved/changed some buttons for better ergonomics
    • always keep toolbar visible
    • change notebook without returning to homepage
    • interactive source code display (whitout base64 code)
    • image button implemented
    • prefill link with 'http://'
    • FIX random sort order
    • other minor fixes and tweaks
  • v0.1 (2013-11-18)
    • initial version


Jotter is a work by Yosko, all rights reserved.

It is licensed under the GNU LGPL.


Everything you need to make Jotter work is already on this repository. It includes:

*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the Jotter README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.