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Switching from Anki to RemNote
Switching from Anki to RemNote

Quickly migrate to RemNote using these tips.

Soren Bjornstad avatar
Written by Soren Bjornstad
Updated over a week ago

Coming from Anki? We got you! Here's an overview of how you can get used to RemNote and where you can find Anki's features.

Adjust Your Note-Taking Method in 3 Steps

Here are the most basic differences between making flashcards in RemNote and in Anki. In RemNote:

  1. Write flashcards while taking notes. Make flashcards directly in your notes, while in class or studying. Just type Question == Answer in any bullet (Rem).

  2. Organize notes documents with folders. Use folders and documents to organize your notes. For most students, we recommend creating a folder for each class, with a document for each lecture or reading session.

  3. Write short, organized cards by using indented bullets. Save typing and make your cards faster to read and review! Press Tab to indent. All higher-level bullets appear on each card, giving you a concise view of the context of each question.

Click Create on the sidebar to make your first folders and documents.

The Best of Anki, Upgraded

RemNote has all of Anki's best features and plugins built in. Here's how we've made them even better.

πŸ—‚ Cards

βœ… Make Cards in Your Notes (no more messy card table)

Place cards right next to normal text notes. Make cards anywhere by typing Question == Answer.

βœ… Short Cards With Indentation (no more wordy questions)

Indent bullets by pressing Tab. Make quick flashcards by including shared context in a parent bullet.

βœ… Built-In Image Occlusion (easy, simple selection)

Hover over any image and click the image occlusion button. Built-in AI text label selection, labels, links, sequence cards, and more.

βœ… Make Structured Cards With Tables (no more boilerplate card templates)

Type /table to add a table. Each row and column of a table can generate a flashcard.

βœ… Make Cloze Deletions Anywhere With {{ (no more switching note types).

Make clozes in any bullet by typing {{ . Other types of cards can have clozes inside of them for extra practice.

βœ… Equivalent Note Types

The following types of cards replace Anki's default note types:

  • Basic (single-line) card (equivalent to the Basic note type in Anki): Type Question == Answer anywhere. For a bidirectional card (equivalent to the Basic and reversed card note type in Anki), type Question <> Answer.

  • Cloze card (equivalent to the Cloze note type in Anki): Type {{ to start an occluded (hidden) section, and }} to end it, or highlight some existing text and type { to occlude it.

  • Image occlusion card (equivalent to the Image Occlusion plugin in Anki): Hover over any image and press the flashcards button in the top-right.

RemNote also needs some new types of cards to account for being outline-based:

  • Multi-line card: Type Question === to start an answer that has multiple items on different lines. Press Enter between each line.

  • List-Answer card: Type Question ==1. These are like multi-line cards, but only one item is shown at a time, and all items are scheduled together.

You can use tables to create flashcards from structured information, like you might use custom note types in Anki.

πŸ“„ Organization

βœ… Organize Cards with Documents & Folders (no more sorting into decks)

In RemNote, since flashcards get created right within your notes, there are no decks – instead there are just folders and documents, and you can study from any folder, document, or combination thereof.

Click Create in the left sidebar to make a folder for your class or topic of study. Add documents to the folder for each lecture or chapter.

βœ… Beautiful Flashcard Home (no more cluttered deck list)

View all documents with flashcards from the Flashcards item on the sidebar.

βœ… Built-In Document Prioritization (no more practicing cards you don't care about)

Practice the cards you care most about first. Click the down arrow next to the Practice button in the Flashcards Home and select Active, Maintaining, or Paused from the Priority drop-down.

🧠 Practice

βœ… Global Queue

Quickly practice all the cards due for review. Just click the flashcards number to the right of Flashcards in the sidebar.

Click your name in the top left, then Settings, then Custom Schedulers.

βœ… Statistics

Go to Flashcards in the left sidebar, then choose the Statistics tab.

πŸš€ Everything Else!

βœ… Shared Documents & Flashcards

Click Share in the top right to share your documents and cards with your friends in two clicks! Choose Shared Flashcards in the left sidebar to find documents others have shared.

Unlike in Anki, you can also conveniently collaborate on notes and flashcards with other people.

βœ… Plugins & Themes

Click your name in the top left, then click Plugins.

βœ… Desktop App

For fully offline access and improved performance, download the desktop app at

βœ… Mobile App

To practice flashcards and jot down notes on the go, download the free mobile app in your device's app store or from

Importing Existing Cards from Anki

In many cases, we recommend just getting started with RemNote and not worrying about your Anki content – for instance, if you're starting a new semester and don't urgently need to practice the material from last semester, it may be easier to start with a clean slate.

However, if you eventually want to start shifting over to RemNote full-time, or if you have content you urgently need to continue studying right now and you don't want to be studying in two apps at once, you can import flashcards from Anki. See Importing from Anki for complete details. If you're used to this kind of thing and want the cheat sheet, here it is: Export the deck(s) you want to move as an apkg (File > Export), being sure to check the Support older Anki versions checkbox, then in RemNote choose Settings > Account > Import, choose Anki, and select the apkg file.

Card schedules are preserved when importing from Anki. Some parts of your cards will not look exactly the same, depending on what kind of formatting features were used, but most types of cards will work great.

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