Brief: Evernote is not available for Linux officially. So if you are wondering how to use Evernote in Linux, let me show you the best Evernote Linux alternatives.
Evernote is a great note taking app that can be used across Windows, macOS and all major smart phone OS. There is one problem with it though. It doesn’t have an official Linux client. Like many other major apps, Evernote too has ignored Linux. But just because Evernote chose not to entertain Linux users, it does not mean Linux users won’t have any alternatives. In this post, we shall see the best Evernote alternative apps for Linux.
Best Evernote alternatives for Linux:
I have written this post keeping Ubuntu and Ubuntu like Linux distributions such as Linux Mint, Elementary OS etc. But these apps are in general available for all the other Linux distributions. I have deliberately excluded Electron version of Evernote Web in this article.
List of the best note taking apps for Linux presented here is in no particular order.
Laverna is an open source Evernote alternative for Linux. It provides an official Linux client for creating, editing and deleting notes. Laverna does not have its own storage to store and sync notes but it can be connected with cloud storage services for Linux like Dropbox. This way all your notes will be available all the time.
You can take notes and create tasks. Laverna also provides markdown editing and syntax highlighting. It also has a distraction free mode. End to end encryption can also be used. You can download and install Laverna from its website:
NixNote, formerly known as NeverNote, is feature rich note taking app and by many considered as the best alternative to Evernote for Linux. Notes taken in NixNote synchronizes with Evernote servers so you won’t loose the notes if you use Evernote on other platforms., especially mobile OS.
In Ubuntu and Linux Mint, you can use the following PPA to install NixNote:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:vincent-c/nevernote sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install nevernote
RedNotebook is slightly more powerful and has more features than Springseed. While Springseed was simply a note taking app, RedNotebook is aimed to be a more diary like app. It includes a calendar navigation so entries can be searched by specific dates as well.
Text can be formatted, web links are automatically recognized. It also supports images. Notes can then exported as PDF, HTML, Text or Latex format. Optionally, notes can be ‘tagged’ as well for quick searches and a tag cloud is displayed in the interface with most used tags. Sound like WordPress, ain’t it?
RedNotebook is available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X but no support for mobile OS yet.
TagSpaces is rather unknown but a powerful and feature rich app.It’ss just not a note taking app, its a complete data management application that you can use to manage and organize the files on your computer.
As the name suggests, you can tag all kind of files for quick finding. TagSpaces can open all kind of files be it image or PDF. It can also take quick notes. A nice GUI tops all the features.
Geeknote is not a Linux alternative to Evernote. It is actually unofficial command line client to Evernote.
Yes, you read that right. Command line. If you can use Google from Linux terminal then why not use Evernote in terminal?
You can sync directories with Evernote, read notes in the console and edit them using any terminal text editor. Geeknote is available for FreeBSD, Linux, and macOS, making it the perfect cross-platform command line note taking app for geeks.
If you want to master Linux command line, I suggest Linux for beginners course from It’s FOSS Shop.
Everpad [Perhaps discontinued]
Everpad is the Evernote Linux client that Evernote never developed. Apart from accessing Evernote notes and adding notes to it, Everpad also provides the best possible integration in Ubuntu environment. It has an applet indicator for quick access to notes. You can use search for Evernote notes in Unity Dash thanks to Everpad.
For Ubuntu and Linux Mint user, there is an official PPA for Everpad. You can install Everpad using these commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nvbn-rm/ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install everpad
You can get the source code to install Everpad for other Linux distributions.
Springseed [Perhaps discontinued]
Springseed has a clean and uncluttered UI. It supports mark up language to format the text. Notes can be taken in a notebook and then in categories (like chapters). Springseed comes with built in Drobox support so notes in Springseed can be synced with Dropbox easily.
What do you think of Evernote alternatives for Linux?
That was the list of best Evernote alternatives for Linux. Do these apps stop your craving to get Evernote on Ubuntu? Which one you like the most? Do you use some other nice note taking app in Linux? Do share it with us.