Take notes, keep them organized.

Download ScratchPad

Version 1.4.1; 1.1 MB
Release Notes

Requires Mac OS X 10.6 or greater
Freeware under the GPL license

ScratchPad is a simple, free application for Mac OS X designed to help keep those notes you need to jot down organized. Essentially a modern version of the program "Note Pad" that came with the classic Mac OS, ScratchPad is exactly that: a scratch pad.


  • Supports rich text so you can customize your fonts and colors anyway you like
  • Support for images and pictures
  • Lightweight – has everything you need without the bulk
  • Multiple pages so you can organize your notes however you would like to
  • Automatic saving
  • Supports synchronization across multiple computers with Dropbox
  • Sandboxed for better security
  • Written in Cocoa to take advantage of Apple’s native API
  • Free!


  • English – English
  • German – Deutsch
  • Japanese – 日本語
  • French – Français
  • Dutch – Nederlands


Where does ScratchPad store its pages?
ScratchPad stores its pages in ~/Library/Application Support/ScratchPad/Notes/

Where can I find the source code for ScratchPad?
You can find the source code for ScratchPad on GitHub.

What do I need to build ScratchPad from source?
You need Mac OS X 10.6.8 or higher and Xcode 4.3.2 or higher.

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