Flashcard and Notecard

What’s the difference between “flash card” and “note card”?

The term flashcard refers to the old trusty technique of manually writing questions on the frontside of a piece of paper and the answers on the back.

Anki imitates this behaviour digitally, so it’s flashcard software.

What you’re really asking for is the difference between cards and notes.


A note is the thing you’re editing in Anki (in the Add-dialog & Deck Browser). It is a single database entry. From a single note, you can generate multiple cards.


The cards are the things you review in Anki, so they’re the analog to the oldschool paper flashcard. They always belong to a single note - the one that you create/change with Anki’s editor.

One note, multiple cards

Notes and cards have a parent-child relationship, where the note is the parent and the card the child. A mother can have as many children as she wants, but a child can have only one mother.

The Basic note type only has one card template, so it only creates one card when you add a new note. But take a look at the note type Basic (and reversed card), for example: It always creates two cards. That’s because that note type has two card templates.

If you add more card templates to your note type, you create more cards from a single note (=database entry).