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Original author(s) Simperium
Developer(s) Automattic
Development status Active
Operating system
Type Note-taking

Simplenote is a note-taking application. In addition to cross-platform apps, it can be accessed via most web browsers.[1]

Simplenote has an externally accessible API, allowing other clients to be written: OS X Dashboard widget DashNote; nvPY, a cross-platform SimpleNote client; amongst others. In addition, the OS X program Notational Velocity, and the Windows utility ResophNotes, can also sync with Simplenote.[2][3]


Simplenote was originally developed by Simperium in 2008.[4]

Simplenote Premium was introduced on November 23, 2009.[5] This removed ads and added extra features such as syncing Simplenote with Dropbox.[6]

Automattic acquired Simperium and Simplenote on January 24, 2013.[7] In September, Automattic released an Android version,[8] and later relaunched Simplenote, suspending the premium service and removing ads for all users.[9]

In May, 2016, an official client for Linux(Debian) for Simplenote was released.

Automattic opened its source code for its iOS, Android, and macOS Simplenote apps in August 2016.[10]


The application was reviewed by Mac Life,[11] reviewed in the book Lifehacker: The Guide to Working Smarter, Faster, and Better,[12] and covered in the book The Business of IPhone and IPad App Development.[13]


  1. ^ Loyola, Roman (27 January 2014). "Simplenote review: Basic note-taker for Mac bests OS X's Notes". Macworld. 
  2. ^ Dachis, Adam (2011-06-27). "The Best Syncing Note-Taker for Mac". Lifehacker. Retrieved 2012-01-11. 
  3. ^ Dachis, Adam (2011-05-06). "ResophNotes Is an Excellent Simplenote-Syncing Notes App for Windows". Lifehacker. Retrieved 2015-02-25. 
  4. ^ Orin, Andy (2015-03-08). "Behind the App: The Story of Simplenote". Lifehacker. Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  5. ^ Johnston, Michael (2009-11-23). "An overview of Simplenote Premium". Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  6. ^ Fuller, John. "Simplenote Review". Macworld. 
  7. ^ Johnston, Michael (2013-01-24). "Simplenote supercharged". Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  8. ^ Bhushan, Amarendra (September 10, 2013). "Simplenote Now Available On Android Devices". CEOWORLD Magazine. 
  9. ^ Mullenweg, Matt (2013-09-23). "On the new Simplenote". Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
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  11. ^ Keirn-Swanson, J (22 December 2010). "App Showdown: Simplenote vs. Notes Plus". Mac Life. 
  12. ^ Pash, Adam; Trapani, Gina (2011). "Lifehacker: The Guide to Working Smarter, Faster, and Better". Lifehacker. 
  13. ^ Wooldridge, Dave; Schneider, Michael (2011). "The Business of IPhone and IPad App Development". Apress.