Hypernomicon is an open-source Philosophy Personal Database Software for Researchers

Hypernomicon is an open-source Philosophy Personal Database Software for Researchers

Hypernomicon is an exceptional personal productivity/database application specifically designed for researchers. It combines various features such as structured note-taking, mind-mapping, file and folder management (including PDFs), and reference management.

All of these functions are seamlessly integrated into a unified environment, allowing you to organize your work in terms of semantic networks or hierarchies. These structures encompass debates, positions, arguments, labels, terminology/concepts, and user-defined keywords. The database relations and automatically generated hyperlinks (hence the name 'Hyper') further enhance the connectivity and accessibility of your information.


  • PDF management
  • File and folder management
  • Note-taking and organizing
  • Combines relational database features with hyperlink-based indexing
  • Mind-mapping
  • Argument-mapping
  • Built-in PDF viewer
  • Associate multiple works with single PDFs
  • Associate multiple PDFs with single works
  • Integrates with Zotero and Mendeley for reference management
  • Access your database across multiple computers
  • Cross-platform (Windows, Mac, and Linux)
  • Free and open-source
  • Created by an academic philosophy PhD
  • Total solution for tracking information about debates, PDF files, bibliographic entries, notes, and more
  • Perfect for professionals, hobbyists, and students in various fields
  • Track terminology, concepts, theoretical questions/debates, theories, positions, arguments, authors, works, sources, PDF files, personal notes, and more
  • Hypertext-infused relational database for structured and indexed information
  • Automatically generates semantic hyperlinks between elements
  • Presents information in various forms to reveal connections
  • Stores record information in XML files for offline accessibility and easy backup
  • Full-featured file manager for organizing files and folders
  • Automatic retrieval of bibliographic information from internet sources and PDF metadata
  • Developed as a desktop application using Java and JavaFX
  • Built-in PDF viewer
  • Ability to track multiple works within a single PDF file
  • No account registration required and does not collect/upload user information
  • Non-commercial open-source project developed by a Ph.D. in philosophy with experience in commercial database software


  • Windows
  • Linux
  • macOS


Apache License V2.0

Hypernomicon's source code is covered by the Apache License Version 2.0. Distributions of Hypernomicon that include third-party libraries are licensed under the Apache 2.0 License + Commons Clause 1.0. License information for Hypernomicon and the third-party libraries it uses can be found here.

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Hypernomicon: Open Source Personal Philosophy Software
Hypernomicon is an open-source, multiplatform, personal philosophy software application.
Download Hypernomicon for free. Hypertext-infused philosophy personal database software. Hypernomicon is a personal productivity/database application for researchers that combines structured note-taking, mind-mapping, management of files (e.g., PDFs) and folders, and reference management into an integrated environment that organizes all of the above into semantic networks or hierarchies in terms of debates, positions, arguments, labels, terminology/concepts, and user-defined keywords by means of database relations and automatically generated hyperlinks (hence ‘Hyper’ in the name). Hypernomicon keeps track of all these things in a highly structured, thoroughly indexed and user friendly relational database, automatically generates semantic hyperlinks between all of them, and presents this information in many different forms so that you are constantly informed of ways all of your information is related that you had not realized.

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