The hierarchical note taking tool that grows as you do.
Dendron is an open-source, local-first, markdown-based, note-taking tool built on top of VSCode. Like most such tools, Dendron supports all the usual features you would expect like tagging, backlinks, a graph view, split panes, and so forth. But it doesn't stop there - whereas most tools (try to make it) easy to get notes in, they tend to make it hard to get them back out later, and it only gets worse as you add more notes. Dendron helps you get notes back out and works better the more notes you have.
I originally created Dendron because I'd accumulated over 20k notes on programming and various other topics and couldn't find a tool that would let me easily add and find notes from within my knowledge base.
Traditional note-taking tools are often too rigid by having an in-flexible hierarchy that doesn't let you file a note in multiple places. Newer tools are too flexible by eschewing hierarchies altogether in favour of relying solely on backlinks.
Dendron finds the usable center between the two extremes by supporting the linking of any two arbitrary notes through backlinks while also maintaining a canonical hierarchy for every note. We do this through a form of structured note-taking that relies on the combination of [[hierarchies|dendron.topic.hierarchies]], [[schemas | dendron.topic.schema]], and [[path based lookups | dendron.topic.lookup]]. Read our [[quickstart | dendron.quickstart]] to learn about the details.
You can use Dendron to create, organize, and publish all the information that matters to you.
Think of it as a second brain to help you make sense of all the information you care about.
Some popular use cases include:
Follow the instructions here to get started with Dendron.
If you would like to contribute to the docs or the code, you can find instructions to do so here