Imagine if Notepad had markdown and the ability to link between notes...

Imagine if you search a whole stack of paper index cards at once...

Imagine if you had a personal wiki on your computer where adding and editing pages is absolutely frictionless...

That's AriNote.

AriNote is a novel note taking application for desktop computers. I designed and built it from scratch with React, tRPC, Prisma, and Electron.

You can use AriNote for brainstorming, thinking, writing, developing ideas, studying... Or you could just use it for fun! I can't fully articulate why I use AriNote. It's almost like having a conversation. It has a playful spirit and an addictiveness of its own.

Some note-worthy aspects of AriNote are:

  • Simple – AriNote has a minimal learning curve. I modeled the UI based on paper index cards. The capture is easy and frictionless: Create a new note (shortcut: ctrl+n) and then start typing anything you want.
  • Modular – You can keep adding and adding great piles of notes without disturbing existing notes. Without getting cluttered or overwhelmed. The more you add, the more valuable your collection gets.
  • Composable – AriNote displays multiple notes in a column on the UI. This makes it easy to follow novel paths through your collection. Combine notes, create links, follow links, peek at suggested notes, all without losing your place. It's great fun!
  • Long-lasting – I have been quite conservative in the features I've allowed into AriNote, selecting only those that I reckon will be relevant for a while. AriNote runs locally and doesn't depend on any cloud provider or company to continue operating.

It's free. Download the latest release for your platform here:

I've also shared out the architecture that I used in the Electron app. See Using Prisma and tRPC with Electron.