A downloadable tool for Windows

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JRNL is a tool built for easy daily journaling. When you open JRNL each day and write a journal entry, the entry gets saved and that day's square is filled in on the calendar. Previous days' entries can be viewed by clicking on their corresponding squares on the calendar. 


While JRNL is intended to be simple and easy to use, it still provides several advanced features: 

  • Daily Notifications: Set a time for JRNL to remind you to write in your journal.
  • Full-Year Export: Export a year's worth of journal entries into a single, archivable HTML file.
  • Read-Only Past Entries: By default, entries can only be edited on the day that they are created.
  • Themes: Change the look of JRNL with 5 built in color themes.
  • Smart Text Editing: Entries are edited using a rich-text editor, allowing for text formatting (bold, italics) and the ability to include links and images.

All of these features can be enabled/disabled or customized by editing a configuration file that is generated the first time JRNL is launched.

Read the free-to-download User Manual (found in the Demo Download) for more detailed feature information. 


Buy Now$5.00 USD or more

In order to download this tool you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $5 USD. You will get access to the following files:

JRNL Setup 1.0.0.exe 39 MB

Download demo

JRNL User Manual.pdf 346 kB


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Hello~ I'm sorry for kind of a silly question, I was just wondering if there are any assurances that can be made about the security of JRNL? Where are the entries stored? Is there any way for another person to remotely access this information? Does any of the information (even stuff like usage data or whatever) get sent to you? Again sorry for the silly questions, I am enjoying the app a lot, and I'm not sure what kind of answer I'm expecting. I am just hesitating to write certain things, like personal/medical stuff, and maybe that's just stuff I'll have to exclude from the journal to feel at ease using it, and that's OK. Thanks again for making JRNL and for your support.


Hi! That's a great question. 

JRNL was designed to save entries in a plaintext markdown language. All Entries are saved within a folder called "JRNL Entries" within your documents folder. While the files have the ".jrnl" extension, they are no different from ".html" or ".md" files. This allows them to be readable by the user even after they choose not to use JRNL (in another viewer like https://markdownlivepreview.com/). 

That design, as well as my lack of knowledge on encryption, mean that your entries are only as secure as any other text file in your documents folder. 

When it comes to online data, there are no metrics or data that I receive. While I honestly would love to have analytics data from users, the application never sends your information to me. I also use a number of code libraries to assist with development and I trust those packages to also not collect user data, but I am not 100% confident to explicitly state that they won't.

I hope that clarifies things,
- Saul


Thanks a bunch, Saul! I really appreciate the thorough and transparent answer.


You should be able to encrypt the folder where entries are stored with something like Veracrypt and have it prompt for a password when you turn your computer on. 

Hi! I'm currently having trouble getting it to work, can you help me?

It only shows the year and won't take any input (no key nor clicks seem to register)...


Oh no! There's a few things you can try that are general fixes that you might have already done: 

  1. Restarting JRNL completely. (Quitting it from the task bar or ending the task in task manager)
  2. Restarting your computer (If the above doesn't work, this probably wont, but it's worth a shot)
  3. Uninstalling JRNL from your computer, and reinstalling it

If none of those work, I'll send you a debug version of the application so that we can see if JRNL is logging any errors.

Thank you for your patience,
- Saul


Hi! Thank you for the response!

I'm happy to say that I managed to get it to work! Though I can't say I know how I got it to work... (First few tries with the 3 steps were the same...)

Should I be worried that it might stop working again in the future?


Amazing! I'm glad it worked out in the end. 

Unfortunately, without knowing what caused the problem, I can't say for sure whether or not it will return. 

That being said, your JRNL entries should remain on your hard drive even after uninstalling. So in the case of future mishaps or updates, the files should be untouched. 

Does this support markdown input or just text formatting via the pop-out box?

Hi there! Currently, text formatting within JRNL is only done through the pop-up box. But, I'll take your comments into consideration and In a future update, I'll look into providing user access to the "code-editor".