Quick Notes on Screen Side

SideNotes keeps your notes on the side of the screen. Appears when
you click a little bar or move your cursor to the screen side.

Note down – get it out of your mind ‐ move on.

Quick Notes iCloud Sync Themes Tasks Pictures Files Markdown Folders Searching Automatic Backups
SideNotes requires macOS 10.15 or newer. iCloud synchronization requires macOS 11 or newer.

What's New?

SideNotes 1.3 Beta

We've just released SideNotes 1.3. It's the biggest update since the first release.

New version introduces iCloud synchronization, refined UI, colorful notes, themes, lots of new keyboard shortcuts, and much, much more.

When It Comes to Really Quick Notes... need to take them right away.

Any task, inspiration, or fragment of code. Show your notes in a flash. In the meantime, keep them hidden on your screen side.

A Cozy Place for Your Inspirations

Note down every worth bit of information. Gather starting points for further research. Here is where your inspiration begins.

Inbox for Your Thoughts

Just catch your buzzing thoughts as they pop-up and keep working. Deal with them later.

Prompt Note-Taking as Your New Habit

Quick access makes you want to note down right away. Jot things down immediately and keep the focus on “here and now”.
Stay productive and organised.

This digital notepad makes note-taking distraction-free.
Almost unnoticeable.

What does SideNotes do Differently?

It combines the simplicity of sticky notes and the convenience of complex note-taking apps.

It Sticks to Your Screen Edge

Note down on the side with your project still in sight. Your notes are displayed over other apps. Even while in full screen.

Instant Notes

It Grabs Notes Instantly

SideNotes allows you to take quick notes, without changing your context. You can define a global keyboard shortcut to quickly add your notes.

Beautiful and Solid

It's Solid and Looks Great

That matters. We have spent lots of time on refining the User Interface and making the app solid.

Sometimes Words Are Not Enough

Notes are more than just plain text. Save screenshots, task lists, fragments of code, shortcuts to files and folders. All of these and more are supported by SideNotes.


Handy To-dos

Fleeting thoughts on various things? Phone calls, shopping lists, books to read and dozens more. Take micro notes to bring order into your daily chaos.

List tasks of work you're currently doing. Check them off as you go. Read more

Screenshots and Pictures

Where do you keep your screenshots? Desktop is not the place.

You can save them in SideNotes. Just drop a newly-taken screenshot into the app. Everything's clean and within reach.

Sketches and Photos from iPhone and iPad

Long press + button and take a photo using your iPhone or iPad. Draw a sketch or scan a document and import it into SideNotes. Read more


File and Folder Shortcuts

Drag and drop a file or a folder. SideNotes saves a shortcut with a preview. Double-click to open it. Read more



If you're a graphic designer or a developer, sometimes you need to save a color in the #rrggbb format. SideNotes renders it nicely. Copy it with a single click. Read more


Code Snippets

Ever needed to create a text file to save a temporary fragment of code? Just put it into SideNotes and set the text formatting to Code. Read more

Minimalistic and Great-Looking

Once you start using SideNotes, you'll probably take lots of micro notes.
Distinguish them with colors and use Markdown to format the text.
And as SideNotes is your daily app, style it your way using themes.



Elegant, vibrant, minimalistic. Choose your favourite or create your own one. Fit the theme to your mood or time of day. For more information visit Themes page.

Note Colors

Note Colors

You can select a color for your note to visually distinguish it. Choose a bar or background color. Read more



Quickly format text by using a subset of Markdown syntax.

There are More Features

There is more features that SideNotes gives you. Lots of settings, automatic backups and iCloud synchronization.

We truly love making this app, so this is not the end. Stay in touch!



Use as it is or make a few tweaks. Choose where and how to display the app. Set your favourite appearance, decide how to display the text and set up the global keyboard shortcuts.


Automatic Backups

SideNotes makes backups of your notes automatically. So if you accidentally delete a note or a folder, you keep you chances of bringing it back.

iCloud Sync

iCloud Synchronization

Now you can sync your notes between your computers.

iCloud synchronisation requires macOS 11 or newer.

One Time Payment

You pay once and SideNotes is yours!
Focus on your work. Not on annoying problems with lost subscriptions.

Getting Started

Getting Started

We've prepared a video guide that covers most of SideNotes features. It's addressed to people who just start using the app and to people who would like to discover new features.

Watch Now

What People Say?

SideNotes is used by thousands of people every day. We've received hundreds of emails that makes us really proud of this app. Application has great reviews on AppStore®.
Here are some reviews from our users:

I wanted something like "quick notes" but I didn’t know what I wanted. I just tried every single "note app" out there. And a few days ago I finally found something I need. Minimalistic side notes, notes at hand! I immediately fell in love with SideNotes. It’s a masterpiece.
Martin Blahovský
Martin Blahovský
Medical Student
I love that I always have my notes accessible and in front of me no matter what I'm doing, always, while at the same time they never take up any extra space on my screen or clutter things up. (...) Check out the video
Founder, Host and CEO of DailyTekk
I have tried Stickies, Notes, and other note-taking apps, but I needed a way to quickly take notes (that I could keep organized) without switching away from the window I was working in. Then I found SideNotes. Its always available, non-intrusive interface was exactly what I was looking for. I purchased SideNotes within 24 hours of starting the 30-day free trial.
Garth Leach
Garth Leach
I have been using your SideNotes for two weeks and it has already become one of the best productivity apps I have ever used. It is one of the apps that makes the mac experience better and better. And I cannot thank you enough...
I was an instant fan of SideNotes within minutes of installing. Love having lightning-fast access to my notes, categorized, and formatted exactly like I want. I live on my MacBook Pro, so this is the perfect solution for me.
Brandon Hull
Brandon Hull
I've been using SideNotes since Marcin first showed me back in May. It is a handy program for keeping my notes nearby. My notes are organized and always around when I need it. Just one click on the side bar and I have an easy place to put and get to my notes. Thanks for a wonderful product!
Richard Guay
Richard Guay
I got tired of being on the phone, and the person asking if I had a pen or paper for a confirmation number or something like that. Before I would go to my menu bar and try (and fail) to open a quick note app I had previously installed.
Most of the time though, I just looked for a pen on my desk instead and wrote it down by hand since other quick note apps are not nearly as easy to bring up when you have 30+ menu bar items installed like I do. I like SideNotes because its simple but full featured. It keeps my random notes in order and its always there for me. (In my case with a couple of hot keys that make it even easier to call up.) The fact that it has folders and looks great is just more bonus on an already very useful app.
I am a coder so I spend the majority of my working hours on my Mac. I have been through hundreds of software packages trying to find anything that will make me more productive and at the same time make work more enjoyable. It’s easy to find software that looks great and has tons of features.
It’s fun to try new things, but very seldom do I find much that is truly useful on a day to day basis. Apptorium seem to have hit the sweet-spot. Every single one of the programs I have purchased from them are extremely useful to me. They make fantastic menu bar apps too. I can’t imagine how I ever managed without Workspaces. It takes away the hardest part of getting started for the day. One click and all the software packages that I use are ready to go. No more “open recent” and now I can simplify and clean my Mac dock too. The awesome part about TeaCode is its a stand-alone snippet manager so you can use it with any editor you choose. Setting up trigger codes is super easy and editing snippets is very simple. TeaCode continues the philosophy that appears to be the core of Apptorium’s goals which is to keep their software simple yet super useful. Lastly I would say that FiveNotes is the best menu bar app I have found since I have been using the Mac. At first glance it looks like any other note taking menu bar app, but look closer and you can switch between five different note pads. Dark mode on Mojave is amazing. Apptorium are great at support too. I’d highly recommend giving all their products a trial run.
Robin Mountford
Robin Mountford

Frequently Asked Questions

  • One time payment or subscription?
    One time payment
  • Minimum system requirements?
    macOS 10.15 or newer. For iCloud synchronizaton macOS 11 or newer.
  • Do you offer student discount?
    Sure! It's available through this website.
  • Does SideNotes support iCloud synchronization?
  • What about iOS app?
    We're working on it
  • What about dark and light interface?
    Out of the box. It's up to your system preferences.
  • What about FiveNotes?
    FiveNotes will be getting new features like tasks and colors in a future release.
SideNotes requires macOS 10.15 or newer. iCloud synchronization requires macOS 11 or newer.