Quiver: The Programmer's Notebook

Developer: HappenApps, Inc.

Current Version: 3.0.7

Last Updated: 3 months ago

Download Size: 5 MB - Download


Quiver is a notebook built for programmers. It lets you easily mix text, code, Markdown and LaTeX within one note, edit code with an awesome code editor, live preview Markdown and LaTeX, and find any note instantly via the full-text search.

# Mix Text, Code, Markdown and LaTeX

A note in Quiver is comprised of cells --- snippets of text, code, Markdown, LaTeX (via MathJax) or diagrams (sequence diagram, flowchart). You can freely mix different cell types within one note. You can set different languages for different code cells, too.

# An Awesome Code Editor

The programmer's notebook should make code editing effortless. Quiver packs the awesome ACE code editor in code cells, with syntax highlighting support for more than 120 languages, over 20 themes, automatic indent and outdent, and much more.

# Markdown Support

Quiver lets you write in Markdown with inline formatting and custom CSS options. A live preview window renders Markdown as you type.

# LaTeX Support

Quiver uses MathJax to typeset mathematical equations written in LaTeX. Please note that MathJax doesn't provide a full LaTeX environment. Only math-mode macros are supported.

# Images, Files and Links

Drag an image into a text cell and it will be saved locally with the note. Drag a file into a text cell and it will become a clickable file link. URLs in text cells are automatically detected.

# Instant Full-Text Search

Notes are only useful if you can find them quickly. Quiver's full-text search is based on Search Kit, the same technology used to power Spotlight on your mac. That's how Quiver can search through thousands of notes in a blink of an eye.

# Beautiful, Fully Customizable Themes

Quiver comes with several beautifully designed UI themes, and they are fully customizable.

# Live Preview

Quiver supports live preview of Markdown and LaTeX cells.

# Presentation Mode

Quiver provides a full-screen presentation mode for your notes. This is great for classroom use, team meetings, presentations, as well as reviewing notes on your own.

# Tags

Quiver has tagging support. You can assign multiple tags to a note or assign a tag to multiple notes at once. Combined with notebooks and linked notes, you have many different ways to organize your notes.

# Autosave

Quiver automatically saves all your changes as you work, so you never need to worry about losing changes.

# Plain JSON Data Format

Quiver saves all your data in plain JSON files. These data files reside on your local machine. You can easily export your notes in different format such as HTML and PDF.

# Cloud Syncing

Quiver lets you sync all your notes across multiple computers via Dropbox, iCloud Drive, Google Drive, or any other file-based cloud services.

# Team Collaboration

It’s easy to collaborate in Quiver. You can create a shared notebook so everyone on your team can view or edit notes in the notebook. This is a great way to build a shared knowledge base for the team.

# Version Control

Since Quiver stores all the data in plain JSON files, it’s easy to put the whole library (or a specific notebook) under version control. This is another way to collaborate with your team.

# Backup and Recovery

Quiver lets you back up your entire library with a single click. Restoring your library from a backup is just as easy.

# Integrations

Quiver doesn’t lock you in. It stores data in a well-documented plain JSON format. So it’s easy to write scripts to integrate Quiver notes with other tools you use. Common scripts are provided on the Quiver documentation site.

# Tutorials and Documentation

Quiver comes with in-app tutorials and a comprehensive online wiki. Anyone can contribute to the wiki and make it better.


Release Notes:

* Fixed an issue that the note list may get out of sync after moving or deleting notes
* Updated js-sequence-diagram to v2.0.1
* Updated flowchart.js to v1.6.6
* Fixed an image scaling issue introduced in 3.0.6
* Fixed an issue that certain text files were incorrectly detected as image files when dragged in
* Disable the move button in the “Move to Notebook” panel, when no notebook is selected.


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 3.0.3
Review by drumcat

Can there be perfect software? - I don’t think any software is actually perfect, but this is about as close as I have ever seen. There is no waste at all. Nothing unnecessary. Everything makes perfect sense, and it does exactly what you’d expect it to. As a notes geek, I’ve tried many. I dealt with Together, and get through it because of the quick note shortcut. I moved to Evernote because it was free. Now, I have shed all the bloated and unnecessary cruft to get to Quiver. It’s clean, fast, and most importantly has a “cell” structure in the notes that handle CODE. That was enough to make me switch, and then I found out it has a really slick presentation mode, tagging, and the ability to be custom themed as well. To top it all off, I was willing to deal with just text importing, but sure enough, it imports from Evernote and has excellent export options. Grab the demo, try it out, and you too will find it a very refreshing experience. And a little birdie said iOS soon...

Found helpful by 12 out of 12 people
Version 2.1.2
Review by Al30312

Somehow, all notes lost - Just started app, all notes missing. I think I’ll be going back to text files now. Still suffering about this at work.

Found helpful by 2 out of 2 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 3.0.7
Review by Goldenator

I keep coming back to it, but... - I’m finicky and fickle about note-taking apps. I keep coming back to Quiver because it allows me to work the way I want to — with folders, tags and rich text formatting — and very reliably syncs through Dropbox. It doesn’t force me to log into an account and it works offline. It’s pleasing to look. I keep opening its doors, walking through its rooms and finding nothing I dislike. The problem: I want to be able to use the iOS version to *take* notes, not just read them. This is a significant real-world issue, and I would imagine will be an Achilles heel for anyone looking to move all their note taking to Quiver. This gap forces me to use Simplenote when I can’t pull out my laptop, and then I’ve got notes in two separate programs. Not optimal.

Found helpful by 6 out of 6 people
Version 3.0.7
Review by Infern0g0d

Best Application for organization - I love this app only thing I would like added is being able to add videos the same way you add images to it.

Found helpful by 4 out of 5 people
Version 3.0.7
Review by Glenn in AZ

Excellent for organizing code snippets and related “commentary" - I’ve used lots of different packages for keeping track of code snippets and related hints, etc. Quiver beats them all so far. First, I like the organization scheme. Within Notebooks (e.g., AppleScript, Swift, Smalltalk), I create Pages (e.g., Tell if program is running, Working with Foundation). For easy searching, Pages can be assigned multiple Tags (e.g, Strings, Foundation). So far, pretty typical. What’s nice is that I can create any number of Cells within each Page and each Cell can either be text, markdown, code, LaTeX or diagram). Some of my pages are a single “Code” cell with a snippet of code. Others are more involved, augmenting code cells with Markdown cells containing URLs of source materials, hints I want to remember in the future, etc. So, I can create a very richinformation resource without making it too heavy. Each page can be viewed on one or both of two panes, one for editing and the other which renders the properly formatted Markdown, LaTeX, Code and Diagram cells. Formatting is available for many different languages in the Code cells. There is an easy to use search/filtering tool. A bit basic compared to, say, DevonThink, but more than adquate for this purpose in my experience. Entries are kept in a well-documented JSON format, so while it wouldn’t be trivial to migrate to another tool, my work is certainly not trapped within Quiver. Overall, I find that it “just works”.

Found helpful by 2 out of 2 people
Version 3.0.7
Review by YuxiaoQ

Best of its kind! - This is THE best note taking app of its kind. - Perfect supportance of `Code Block`, $Latex$, and Markdown; - A convenient way to organize notes with notebooks and tags; - I love the way Quiver allows either [link] or [copy] attachements (of all kinds of file types) to be added to the notes. This makes it a perfect tool also to organize files, markdown links and attach files. I even use it for organize my references! If you love `code`, $latex$, Markdown, and you have a good habit of keeping notes and files and references all organized, then you could not find any other app in the market other than quiver.

Found helpful by 2 out of 2 people
Version 3.0.7
Review by Onestonethreebirds

Great App! - Though this app is design for developers/programmers, it can be used across many domains. It’s easy to use, straightforward, and offers some customizations. I do wish there was an iPad/iPhone app though with cross syncing among them.

Found helpful by 1 out of 2 people