Five quick notes
in your Menubar.
Quickly accessed, 5 Markdown-formatted notes right from the Menubar icon. Available even on full screen apps with ability to stay on top.
FiveNotes requires macOS 10.12 or newer


  • Minimalistic user interface
    Minimalistic user interface
    Nice, simple, beautiful. Right in your Menubar.
  • 5 Notes. No more.
    5 Notes. No more.
    Forget about keeping hundreds of notes that you cannot find.
  • Markdown
    Yes, FiveNotes supports simple Markdown formatting.
  • Works over full-screen apps
    Works over full-screen apps
    No matter what app you work with, you can always open FiveNotes.
  • Keyboard shortcuts
    Keyboard shortcuts
    Press space and get access to your notes. Press ] or [ to switch between them.
  • Always Visible
    Always Visible
    Check Stay on top option and have FiveNotes always on top!

What People Say?

Need to get something down before you forget it? Stymied by wondering if it should live in Notes or Asana or Evernote or email or a sticky note? Just put it here and deal with it later
Matthew Sallin
Matthew Sallin
I've been using this for a few weeks and finally have discovered where it fits into my daily workflow. When I have an idea that I know I will want to reference at a later time I will jot it in one of my notes.
Then as I need it later I cut it out of the note and I free up one of the five again for later. The best feature of these notes is that the menu item will stay active even when I click out of it so I can use it as a reference and continually add new thoughts to it. Great for notetaking while reading an article, or creating a temporary to-do list whilst going through email. It has more than a few uses and will stay in my menu bar for a while.
I have tried many Notes app, so far, the one that suits my needs is FiveNotes. It is elegant, minimalist, and accepts markdown. There is no need to open an app or a new window to write a note. With FiveNote minimalist window, I can quickly add my thoughts and share if necessary

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why does my old license not work?
    As of FiveNotes 2.3, we've changed the license system, and you need a new license number which you can get for free. Read more.
  • Is Apple Silicon supported?
    Yes, since FiveNotes 2.3
  • One time payment or subscription?
    One time payment
  • Minimum system requirements?
    macOS 10.12 or newer