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Joplin: a note taking application for Linux

This time, we will talk to you about Joplin, a note-taking and to-do application. Besides that, you’ll learn how to install it on Linux and take a look at it.

Fortunately in Linux more and more and more we have advanced applications to perform various tasks. In fact, many focused on business environments and others to facilitate productivity at home or in our lives. In this way, open-source applications arise to expand even more the catalog of possibilities in Linux.

For many people, it is important to take notes and Joplin is going to help them a lot. Joplin is an application to take notes and to-do lists. It is cross-platform because it is available for Windows, Linux, and macOS. It is released under the MIT license so it is open source.

Joplin is presented to us as a program for advanced notes. Because it organizes them in the form of a “notebook”. That is to say, we can group them by themes facilitating the organization of the same ones. It allows synchronization to Nextcloud, Dropbox and OneDrive, which makes it very versatile.

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An important aspect of Joplin is that it has mobile applications. Which allows you to take your notes anywhere. As you can see it’s a wonder.

Install Joplin on Linux

Joplin is available for Linux as AppImage. That is to say, a universal package that with assigning permissions of execution we will be able to execute it without problems. However, from the Github site of the project, we are told that it has been tested in Ubuntu, Fedora and Linux Mint. But there shouldn’t be any problems with it.

You can install it by running this command:

:~$ wget -O - https://raw.githubusercontent.com/laurent22/joplin/master/Joplin_install_and_update.sh | bash
1.- Download and install Joplin
1.- Download and install Joplin

Basically what the command does is download an installation script and run it. The same script will take care of the installation of the program.

Remember that you can learn more about the wget command with our post.

The wget command.

Using Joplin a note-taking application

Once the installation is finished, you will be able to run it from the main menu.

Joplin is an application to take notes, so on its main screen the first thing we will see is the editing panel and next to the output of what we are writing. Another fundamental aspect of Joplin is that it renders Markdown, that is, if you are used to this way of writing, with Joplin you will not have problems either.

Also, in the toolbar you can create a new to-do or a new notebook for the notes. As well as some default notes that explain how the application works, for example, the first note we’ll see will be “Welcome to Joplin”.

2.- Joplin a note-taking application
2.- Joplin a note-taking application

Joplin has many customization options. From topics to more work-focused options. For example, we can set the language and how it will be exported to PDF. Because yes, we can export our notes to PDF format.

3.- Joplin settings
3.- Joplin settings

One of Joplin’s main strengths is synchronization with other services such as Nextcloud or OneDrive. So in the options, we can configure that synchronization.

Joplin Synchronization Options
Joplin Synchronization Options

And so there are many interesting things in Joplin like the ability to import notes from Evernote. And more.

For more information go to the github site of the project that has a good enough documentation to take advantage of this application.

Finally thank the developers for this fantastic tool and make it available to everyone.


Joplin is a tool that can greatly facilitate our productivity. What I have seen of the application has liked a lot: it is simple but with very good features such as synchronization with other services. We hope to hear more about it.

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