Lightning fast, zero-stress journaling reimagined.

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Simple and efficient
This app is exactly as described. I especially like the hashtag feature. I’m using it to keep a simple, clean diary, to record observations and thoughts easily. I checked out several diary apps and found this one is the best for me.

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Simple and Minimalistic
I love just how simple this app is. It’s perfectly apt to call this your own personal twittter to rant to no one. And that can be therapeutic.

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I really like it. I dont feel overwhelmed or even sad when I use it. Nothing I need to accomplish. No book to fill up. No charts. No moods.
Weird. But each app I try to use (or even physical notes) its too much to handle. This is easy. I really like the # too.
I think this one is a keeper. I like it a lot
- Reddit User

Nails the core functionality
This is probably the only journal app I would ever care to use. As of writing it does not require you to lock in to its system. Your data is yours to take with you via a JSON export. The idea of open and write is exactly what a journal should be.
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Why ZenJournal?

✦ What if journaling could be as fast, simple, and addictive as chatting or tweeting?

✦ Don't rage quit social network, have a balance, life should not always be permanently displayed and curated, keep a private journal.

✦ No title needed, just start typing...

✦ Tried a dozen journaling apps, added a handful entries once a few months, still searching for THE ONE?

✦ Offline only. Free forever for current features. No subscriptions, no sign in and constant notifications...

✦ May the year 2019 be the year you can finally remember in the year 2039.

What sets it apart? In 30 seconds 👉


Everything on the Stream

Open and log

Faster than chatting or tweeting. Unrivaled by any other journaling apps.
✦ Open and type. There is no Step 3 to 5.
✦ Speed = Zero-Stress = More frequent entries.
New Entry Button > Journal Title > Staring at Empty Entry Page

Double tap to hide

✦ Double tap to toggle "Discreet Mode".
✦ Keep on logging as usual, your logs becomes obfuscated text blocks "░ ░" as you add them.
✦ This feature is currently iOS only. Coming to Android soon.
ProTip: Perfect for logging in public spaces or showing off your logs to friends or social media. Works with search too.

Hashtag Autocomplete
FaceID/TouchID Lock Mode

FaceID/TouchID Lock Mode

✦ Lock your logs so no one can access your logs without FaceID/TouchID, with fallback to passcode.
✦ When "Lock Mode" is toggled, you have to authenticate before you can toggle Discreet Mode, export, share or delete your logs.
✦ This feature is currently iOS only. Coming to Android soon.

Organize everything with #hashtags

✦ Insert #hashtag anywhere in your logs.
✦ Automatically suggest recent used tags as you type.
✦ Tap on any #hashtag to filter logs on stream.
ProTip: You can even use hashtags like #happy or #sad to log and track moods.

Hashtag Autocomplete

Unified search reimagined

Transform your journal to the fastest external logging and retrieving memory system:
✦ Simply type in ? into the text field (or use the ? button) and you have started searching. e.g.: ?keyword.
✦ Combine ? with # to filter logs with ?#hashtag.

100 days heatmap

✦ Just pull up on your stream to see a heatmap of your last 100 logging activities.
Protip: It even works with search and #hashtags.
e.g.: If you want to see how many days you were happy in last 100 days:
Simply type: ?#happy and pull up.

Pull up for heat map
Backup and Restore

Offline First · Full ownership

✦ Easily backup and restore your logs. It's just a plain JSON file. You can open it easily, even import your old logs from other apps if you know some scripting.
✦ There is no sign up, no internet access needed, no subscription. All your journals belongs to you and you only.
✦ Check out our Privacy Policy.

Dark Mode first

✦ Designed first and foremost for "Dark Mode".
✦ Automatically syncs with system Dark Mode (iOS only).
✦ You can switch to Light Mode anytime in just two taps.
✦ Inspired by Superhuman

Dark Mode First

How does it compare to X?

TaskZenJournalTraditional Journal App
AddOpen and type.1. Open 2. New entry 3. Entry type 4. Write title 5. journaling.
ReadScroll and read all logs.1. Find entry 2. Tap open entry 3. Horizontally scroll between entries.
SearchType ? and keyword to start filtering and reading.1. Open Sidebar 2. Tap "search" 3. Enter keyword 4. Pick a match to expand

Currently supports iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. It's Free forever.*
Tweet at us @thezenjournal for support, feedback, or more frequent updates and upcoming features like encryption, auto-backup and more log types.

*Current features are free forever. Future paid features maybe planned.

Maker Origin Story

A while ago, Shao (@randomor) was on paternity leave and wanted to record moments of his baby and all the random/crazy ideas he had.
He wanted to find a journaling app that's as fast and simple as chatting.
To his surprise, he couldn't find any.
ZenJournal was born.

Privacy Policy

Your privacy is important to us. ZenJournal does not collect, transmit, or store any personal information outside of the app. Your private logs will never leave your device without your explicit action and permission.

If you use the Backup function in the app, the backup file you created are currently not encrypted (we are working on it). Please treat the file with ultimate caution when storing and exporting, because anyone with access to the file can open your logs.

We don’t share any personally identifying information publicly or with third-parties. We don't even have analytics, your feedback and reviews are the only way for the developer to understand your usage and needs of the app.

To provide you with the best app experience, we may update this private policy from time to time as we make changes to the app.

Your continued use of ZenJournal will be regarded as acceptance of our practices around privacy and personal information. If you have any questions about how we handle user data and personal information, feel free to contact us: support@thezenjournal.com

This policy is effective as of 1 October 2018.

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Terms of Service

Last updated: Apr 21, 2020

By using the ZenJournal app, you are agreeing to be bound by these terms of service, all applicable laws and regulations, and agree that you are responsible for compliance with any applicable local laws. If you do not agree with any of these terms, you are prohibited from using or accessing this app.


We may terminate or suspend access to our Service immediately, without prior notice or liability, for
any reason whatsoever, including without limitation if you breach the Terms.

All provisions of the Terms which by their nature should survive termination shall survive
termination, including, without limitation, ownership provisions, warranty disclaimers, indemnity and
limitations of liability.


In no event shall ZenJournal or its suppliers be liable for any damages (including, without limitation, damages for loss of data or profit, or due to business interruption) arising out of the use or inability to use ZenJournal, even if ZenJournal or a ZenJournal authorized representative has been notified orally or in writing of the possibility of such damage. Because some jurisdictions do not allow limitations on implied warranties, or limitations of liability for consequential or incidental damages, these limitations may not apply to you.


As a way to support the continued development of ZenJournal. You may subscribe to Zen Pro to unlock some features. You will be billed in
advance on a recurring bases. You may cancel your subscription at anytime. You will not be billed as long as it's canceled according to App Store or Play Store guidelines.


We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to modify or replace these Terms at any time.

Governing Law

These terms and conditions are governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Minnesota and you irrevocably submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts in that State or location.

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