EssentialPIM Free v8.03 Updated

billon on 15 Aug 2018
  • 25MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 15 Aug 2018
  • Suggested by Andrew Lee

EssentialPIM includes a calendar/scheduler, todo list, contact manager, basic e-mail client, and tree-like multi-level notes tool that supports rich text, formatting and images.

While many advanced functions such as synchronization and encryption are exclusive in the Pro version, the program is capable of manually importing from variety of formats including Outlook, TreePad, Google calendar etc. Additionally, it can export to many formats including HTML, vCard, iCal, RTF, CSV, iPod, text etc.

System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Liteware
How to extract: Download the "ElPIM Free Portable" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch EssentialPIM.exe.
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59 comments on EssentialPIM Free  The Portable Freeware Collection Latest Entries Feed

bigstusexy 2006-05-27 22:43

This is not true and the preview Image is incorrect. EPIM has a small text advert on the upper right hand of the of the program window. Its just to advertise the Pro version of the program but its always there and cycles through a few different words.

sur 2006-09-01 11:10

I like options import, export. And I hope the next version can be shoose from Contact to export contact by e-mail address only, name and tel., select all, etc. (like a options in MS Outlook).

Thank's EssentialPIM team. It's good job.

jingan 2006-11-27 13:18

Man, I've been looking for something like this for a long time. Portable, with all my schedule and todo's right on my usb drive.

krusz 2006-12-04 12:02

In polish lang I can't write some polish letters!!

VB 2007-04-14 22:41

It does support unicode. Some import/export filters maybe not completely, but all data inside can be in any alphabet

Keith 2007-06-27 09:14

It does require that IE be the default browser in order to print anything out. They said that they are working on changing it in version 2.1. We'll see.

Zappa 2007-07-01 03:36

@Keith: It requires IE to be installed, not to be the default browser ...

Keith 2007-07-03 08:30

@Zappa: Then why can I not print anything out? Here's my post on their forum.....

Zappa 2007-07-09 14:08

@Keith: Don't know, what your problem is. We have Firefox as default browser on all of our machines and never had any printing problems with EPIM (not in 1.x nor 2.0x). Maybe you destroyed Windows (IE's) default HTML rendering with Avast, Maxthon or some other IE- offset.

Teobromina 2007-07-17 10:37

Acording to my tests, some of the features present in the EPIM FREE version 1.95 are not in the EPIM FREE 2.0 version. See the post below:

Crid 2007-07-25 14:41

Where can I get a copy of V1.95? Anyone have one?

Zappa 2007-07-25 15:49
Tongky 2007-10-30 20:10

How can I set the first day of a week from Monday to Sunday? I couldn't find this option.

VB 2007-11-17 06:35

I do not use it often anymore. Google calendar and notes/todo gadgets on iGoogle rocks (portable 101%) I use now mostly the tree notes and contact info as main contact base with ALL contacts I have...even ones that I do not use :)

Plugins should be implemented..but it's not gonna happen soon

indy ram 2007-11-30 12:18

Looks like versions 2.0 and above are
actually trial versions of professional software
After 500 entries it stops further entries
and recommends that you buy the pro version
Even deletion of unwanted entries doesn't allow
you to enter more entries in the schedule

joby_toss 2007-12-26 10:01

@indy ram: I use v2.2 now and I have more than 1000 contacts. I can still add contacts and delete them. Are you sure your version is the FREE one ?

Myself 2008-02-07 23:09

I have a suggestion for EssentialPIM developers, just like utorrent has a web interface, EssentialPIM should have one too, so I can run it on my computer at home or office and then access my records using http://mycomputersIpAddress:port/ and it would ask me my password/username and I will have access to all the content though web, although EssentialPIM is portable but I think this kind of feature (as they have it in outlook) would boost the popularity of product a lot. :)

Moogy Reister 2008-02-20 08:39

I like this app. One glitch I have experienced is that when I try to INSERT HYPERLINK into a NOTE entry, the dialog box opens and I am able to enter the TEXT and TARGET information; the hyperlink is created in the note, however, there is note action when you click on the created link. Anyone else experience this?

Moogy Reister 2008-02-20 08:42

Typo in the comment: "there is note action" should be "there is no action", i.e. the link does not appear to work.

luca 2008-03-25 04:36

Moogy Reister, keep CTRL key pressed!

Aaron 2008-04-22 08:39

Nice tool, fresh colors. I use ToDoList, which has a flatter look. Ess.PIM. gives a better overlook on more-day tasks. I will give a try besides ToDoList (also on this site).

Paul 2008-09-15 01:10

Also it will be good to mention free Mozilla Sunbird. It is not so reach about features, but anyway good!

devskii 2008-09-26 02:32

this is not freeware, this is CRIPPLEWARE!

bigstusexy 2008-11-01 08:33

The preview screenshot is still of the pro version which isn't free, I haven't checked this version to still see if it nags you but if you like when I do I can grab a screenshot

Carl 2008-12-28 08:05

Need help can't open essentialpim free on through a network, need a login and password, how can i change this??

Asiangotchi 2008-12-29 11:56

@ bigstusexy

That's the pro version. Maybe someone modified it. o.o'

Chris 2009-04-12 09:11

Sigh. Free version does not offer encryption as the Synopsis at the top of the page (above) indicates. Pro only feature according to the website.

Checker 2009-05-24 02:06

Newest version (3.01) does not support Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K

johncons 2009-06-17 04:40

3.02 supports win2k, can confirm it.

Ancient Images 2009-06-25 19:25
Technomancer 2009-06-28 12:32

I prefer the earlier version. I had some trouble exporting stuff.

Other than that it's great.

Technomancer 2009-10-17 20:30

Yeah, so i might prefer the earlier version, but i still think it's good.
I purchased a 'portable' copy and it's got the lot.

doctorfrog 2009-10-30 06:28

@Chris on 04/09: the current free version does indeed offer encryption. Aside from that, my take on this app is that it does so much right, that the things it cannot do are heartbreaking. Do this: create a new, empty database, then add a daily, repeating task. What does EPIM do? It creates thousands of database entries for this one task for the next ten years, instead of one entry that repeats daily (duh). How is this efficient database usage? How can this be after three major revisions? Ugh. Still, few things compare to the featureset.

Gautam 2010-01-13 07:30

its very nice we can travel with records as notes,todos only on USB
Pls add a small drawing toolbar for notes as in MS one note if possible

Sandro 2010-01-28 17:41

Can´t open my essential pim database.
Can someone help me

Chris 2010-02-08 05:50

Program webpage states that encryption is not offered in the free version. From (see Secure Advanced Encryption - Yes for Pro version, No for Free version).

LucW 2010-05-18 22:16

As far as I can see, the free version does not synchronise with Google Calendar. Pity

wizzer 2010-09-10 09:30

I have tried several freeware portable PIMs and EssentialPIM suits me best. In my view The latest installations offer little extra over version 1.95 (See Ancient Images above for download location).

The version 1.95 running file-set is, after deleting unused language files and using UPX compression, much smaller in size than the later versions.

Version 1.95 has a built Outlook synchronisation facility, both forwards and backwards, without the need to export to a file and then import as in the current free versions.

Version 1.95 databases are considerable smaller than the those produced by the latest version. The database file size for an identical schedule and contact list are:

1,661 kB in version 1.95
2,768 kB in version 3.72

dd 2010-11-25 09:59

I was looking for a portable Outlook Express replacement and this is the best I found.
And is a lot better than OE.
It support multiple accounts, unicode, multiple languages, you can choose to see all messages in global or separated folders and export messages to *.eml.
Also has calendar, notes, contacts, etc that you can disable if you want.

dd 2010-11-25 21:01

The con: I imported some 8500 messages.
Afterwards it takes some 3 or five minutes to open the prog. (notebook @ i5-m450 @2GB ram @WXP)

Robert 2010-12-21 07:34

Please correct the download link (3 -> 4). Thanks!

stardemer 2010-12-21 08:51

dd: if it is taking so long it is probably because you backup your database each time.

shadeclan 2010-12-24 19:30

Great software except that, for those of us still using paper organizers, it does not allow the sort of printing customizations that MS Outlook does. In fact, no other electronic organizer offers printing customizations the way Outlook does. This sucks because it would be nice to avoid MicroSquish products whenever possible.

Charles Florer Jr. 2011-02-25 04:02

EssentialPIM Portable
I love the ability of importing both KeyNote & TreePad program files.
I also enjoy the Spell check feature, as in My Microsoft Works word processor.
* The underlining of misspelled words, This helps me write a note quickly for the web & know that it was done right the first time.

I feel that KeyNote & TreePad has grown into a much more productive use (Along with your Program).
The information that I've saved into these two programs store most all me information and the importing of them is a grate feature, ALONG with your search feature.

I love the work you've done and to have all this in a portable program is outstanding.
Now I can get started checking out the rest of the program.

PS. The Icon customizing in the tree structure is Perfect.
Your a blessing to all who want a portable buddy on there memory USB stick.
A true Personal Information Manager (PIM).


Charles Florer Jr. 2011-02-25 04:51

PS. EssentialPIM Portable
One thing I would like to see added to the Note Tree;
1. _______Node linking, as done in TreePad
This feature would help in many ways: Such as an Contents of Internal notes (NODE Linking)
**** Help / Reminder / To Do / Project structure outlines / Grocery shopping list / Web Page Links and so on.
This would be on my wish list, for your programmers.
Thanks again for all the work your doing with this Program


frank 2011-03-17 23:16

Essential PIM is not Stealth, it writes Data (including the Database .epim) to the App Data Folder


MarkB 2011-05-18 16:43

@Frank. EssentialPIM Portable does NOT write data (*.ini or *.epim) to the Appl. Data Folder, but to the Ess.PIM folder.


Mike 2011-05-18 22:24

Great program. I think this is the best PIM out there, IMHO.


webfork 2012-08-19 23:52

The box at the top-right that rotates out other features of the pro version. When I was trying out using this as a "tree"-style editor, this was really annoying.


FireRabbit 2016-06-15 18:18

I strongly recommend trying Version 6 before version 7.
The interface took a massive downturn in Version 7 as the developers tried to make things more "touch friendly" but failed to think much trough. The program is still really hard to use on a touch screen you just have tons of extra padding which causes a lot of extra scrolling, the entire UI has been white washed a huge overuse of gray font which makes things hard to read, most of the UI has been turned into flat black icons, grid lines and color rows have been removed making it harder to read data in many places, the calendar/event entry system has been limited, custom fields are no longer properly arrangeable in contacts, there are also many unresolved issues still lingering and in the community version 6 is considered more stable and less error prune.
A great deal of the EPIM community felt as though Version 7 was not ready for general public release all throughout the RC process however the developers simply kept pushing and ignoring the vast majority of the complaints by new and old users alike.


shnbwmn 2016-06-16 10:52

The download link of the portable version on the official website links to CNET. Perhaps it would be better to link to Softpedia or similar, since EssentialPIM isn't hosting the file anyway?


FireRabbit 2016-06-19 17:39

Since I recommended trying version 6 before 7 and the main site doesn't offer older version download links I figured I should post one here:

I also submitted copies of version 6.58 to but they are still pending.


smaragdus 2016-06-19 22:10

Thanks but your link is for the Pro version, below is the one for the Free version:


FireRabbit 2016-08-05 01:53

v7.1 is a huge improvement over 7.0 I'd recommend trying it out now, and most importantly going over to the EPIM support forums and joining in in the suggestion thread even if you just use the free version causally every voice is counting. If there is enough demand we may be able to get the attachment system and contact systems back to a more usable state.


FireRabbit 2016-12-14 18:24

General warning:
Databases used with 7.2 are not compatible with v7.13 or earlier.

As the free version is mostly used around here I doubt this next warning is really needed but just in case. V7.2 shipped with a bug in the networking system that makes it impossible to use the business edition networking feature with user accounts. At the time it is strongly advised to avoid updating to version 7.2 if you use the business/network edition.


PAFuser 2017-01-21 16:10

Jan 21 2017 Saturday: Link on EssentialPIM site is to 7.21 not 7.22. Pro link is 7.22, maybe free version will be updated Monday.


PAFuser 2017-01-23 16:51

Monday: 7.22Free is available


CornHolio the Gringo 2017-07-14 19:52

Always wanted to use this PIM because it has E-Mail integrated.
But the E-Mail function lacks too many obvious functions, like
blocking external web-content.


PAFuser 2018-03-24 13:06

Starts with an upgrade ad every other start, does anyone know how to disable? Must click skip to go to program.


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