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jrnl is a simple journal application for your command line. Journals are stored as human readable plain text files - you can put them into a Dropbox folder for instant syncing and you can be assured that your journal will still be readable in 2050, when all your fancy iPad journal applications will long be forgotten.

Optionally, your journal can be encrypted using the 256-bit AES.

Why keep a journal?

Journals aren't just for people who have too much time on their summer vacation. A journal helps you to keep track of the things you get done and how you did them. Your imagination may be limitless, but your memory isn't. For personal use, make it a good habit to write at least 20 words a day. Just to reflect what made this day special, or why you haven't wasted it. For professional use, consider a text-based journal to be the perfect complement to your GTD todo list - a documentation of what and how you've done it.

In a Nutshell

To make a new entry, just type

jrnl yesterday: Called in sick. Used the time cleaning the house and writing my book.

and hit return. yesterday: will be interpreted as a timestamp. Everything until the first sentence mark (.?!) will be interpreted as the title, the rest as the body. In your journal file, the result will look like this:

[2012-03-29 09:00] Called in sick.
Used the time cleaning the house and writing my book.

If you just call jrnl, you will be prompted to compose your entry - but you can also configure jrnl to use your external editor.

For more information, please read our documentation.



Our maintainers help keep the lights on for the project. Please thank them if you like jrnl.

Code Contributors

This project is made with love by the many fabulous people who have contributed. Jrnl couldn't exist without each and every one of you!

If you'd also like to help make jrnl better, please see our contributing documentation.

Financial Backers

Another way show support is through direct financial contributions. These funds go to covering our costs, and are a quick way to show your appreciation for jrnl.

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