The ideas behind Outline.

Our Goal

We are building software for the modern workplace, where collaboration is valued, ideas don’t sit in silos and speed and quality are paramount. The value of Outline comes through sharing knowledge, information, and workflows with the rest of your team – we hope you’ll come to think of it as a sort of communal long-term memory.


With Outline we genuinely want to make a difference, this means comped accounts for teams working on the things our world needs the most. Right now we’re sponsoring teams directly working on COVID-19 and Climate Change.

We also offer discounts for other non-profits – if your company is in either of these categories please reach out to support and we’ll be happy to arrange a discount.

Open Source

Part of increasing impact can be seen in our dedication to open source. The vast majority of our codebase is public, and many key components such as our editor and website are open source licensed.

A permissively licensed codebase also means it’s possible to run a copy of the service on your infrastructure if you wish, and those using the hosted service can get peace of mind from knowing they can easily host in-house if they ever need to.


The company was founded at the beginning of 2020, building on three years of development on the open source project. It is bootstrapped, profitable, and not reliant on outside capital to survive.

If you have any questions or are in need of product support, don’t hesitate to reach out to [email protected]