It seems as though all the cool kids are addicted to Evernote. I'm not quite that cool, but I have been trying hard to convert to a paperless lifestyle. Evernote admittedly is a great tool for archiving information. When I bought my Nexus 7, I also bought a subscription to Evernote Premium. I'm still not completely sold on the Evernote lifestyle, but because I spent money, I'm far more inclined to give it a solid go.

When it actually comes to using Evernote, there is a native client for both Windows and Macintosh that keeps in sync with the Evernote cloud and all your Evernote-enabled devices. The Web interface is quite robust, but there are times when I'm off-line and really want to take some notes on my Linux machine. Enter: Everpad.

Everpad is a client for the Evernote "world", and it syncs your Linux machine much the way the native Evernote programs do with Windows and Mac. Not only do you get a way to access your notes (Figure 1), but the truly awesome part of Everpad is its integration with Ubuntu's Unity. It's no secret that I'm not a fan of Unity, but for those folks using it, Everpad allows the Unity search engine to search in your Evernote notes along with your local Linux files.

Figure 1. Accessing Your Notes with Everpad

Although Everpad has a fairly spartan-looking interface, its deep integration with Unity makes it quite impressive. Thankfully, Everpad doesn't require Unity to work, and in my Xubuntu environment, it works quite nicely. Due to its power and flexibility, Everpad is this month's Editors' Choice. For instructions on installing it into your Linux environment, check out its wiki at https://github.com/nvbn/everpad/wiki/how-to-install.


Shawn Powers is an Associate Editor for Linux Journal. You might find him chatting on the IRC channel, or Twitter


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anti ddos's picture

NixNote is a nice alternative, although I prefer Everpad. Thanks for the article.


Christopher's picture

Hello, I use Keepnote http://keepnote.org/ below is some information off the main web page.

KeepNote is a note taking application that works on Windows, Linux, and MacOS X. With KeepNote, you can store your class notes, TODO lists, research notes, journal entries, paper outlines, etc in a simple notebook hierarchy with rich-text formatting, images, and more. Using full-text search, you can retrieve any note for later reference.

KeepNote is designed to be cross-platform (implemented in Python and PyGTK) and stores your notes in simple and easy to manipulate file formats (HTML and XML). Archiving and transferring your notes is as easy as zipping or copying a folder.


Anonymous's picture

I have tried once keepnote.
It's not a bad tool, but I didn't feel comfortable with it, because:
No way to add tables (just as Excel attachments).
No page tagging.
You can Add TODO's, but no way to collect and track them from different pages.
While Evernote (and other tools) have active community of users around them - Keepnote seem to be a one-man show with about once per year release...

Why Evernote?

Colin's picture

Just wondering. Why Evernote? Is this over glorified Notepad.

What's the big deal? It seems like a proprietary service and not worth it.

Can someone enlighten me why we would bother with it. Why not just dropbox text files or use tomboy/whatever else is out there.

notepad in the "cloud"

chrisj's picture

Mostly it lets people take notes and store them in the "cloud" and lets them be used in multiple locations / devices.

Some of the advanced tagging features are supposed to be cool. But a proper directory layout on a box with sshd and connected to by sshfs would do similar. Then you could even use native clients.

Really, it is just about being able to write a note or take a picture once, and share everywhere.

Evernote is much more...

Phil Stephens's picture

Saying this about Evernote is like saying Linux is DOS with multiple processes. It is MUCH more.

Evernote is me being able to take a photo of a timetable with my smartphone and have the evernote servers automatically OCR and index it. Then a search of my name will bring up the note with the JPG or PDF and highlight my name everywhere in the document, on a mobile device, Windows or Mac desktop.

I can make a note with links to other notes, like a table of contents. Then I can share a URL connected to the Evernote server and allow anyone to see it, like a wikki, Blog or shared folder. In the pro version, my clients can not only see my files in that folder that can add files, or edit them (with history and rollback) in a web browser.

I can record a voice note on my Android phone and play it back on a Windows or Linux client. I can even dictate an audio note and have it converted to a text note (not perfectly, but not bad!).

I can embed documents, images, PDFs and almost anything else.

There are web clipper apps, the ability to edit offline (I use a Nexus 7 tablet) and the sync notes back to the server.

All my notes can be backed up, including in HTML format. This allows me to save all my notes, complete with images and documents to a folder on my computer in HTML like a web site, and access it all from any browser.

Evernote is so useful it has driven me back to Windows on my main machine, and I am constantly looking for a good Linux solution. Wine id OK, Nixnote is OK, Everpad is OK, but for a dedicated user, the Windows and Mac clients have no equal, yet.

notepad in the "cloud"

chrisj's picture

Mostly it lets people take notes and store them in the "cloud" and lets them be used in multiple locations / devices.

Some of the advanced tagging features are supposed to be cool. But a proper directory layout on a box with sshd and connected to by sshfs would do similar. Then you could even use native clients.

Really, it is just about being able to write a note or take a picture once, and share everywhere.

Just Use Evernote on Wine

blue_bullet's picture

I just use Evernote on Wine 1.5.27 with Linux Mint 14 KDE. It syncs with Windows and my tablets/smartphones.

Everpad does not work with KDE or at least it does nothing with Evernote.
Just an empty shell. Notes cannot be edited.

Nixnote is another open

Anonymous's picture

Nixnote is another open source Unix/Linux Evernote client that, unlike Everpad, is extremely rich in features. It's not as attractive, but functionally I find it to be on par with the native Windows and OSX Evernote desktop apps.

Nixnote FTW

TomWitt2's picture

Nixnote sated my evernote jealousy. Love the sync capabilities. Works great on KDE; (just couldn't get everpad to breathe viable life on my Kubuntu system). Use it daily and it just works.

I'm very happy with Nixnote.

Don't get me wrong but I saw

Ew's picture

Don't get me wrong but I saw that "news" few days ago posted on another website. I clearly remember these words "When I bought my Nexus 7" and the picture. The guys on the other website said that he didn't liked it in first place but recently came addicted to it.

Editors' Choice is also

Webmistress's picture

Editors' Choice is also published in each issue of Linux Journal, and this one is in the April issue, which came out on the 1st. That's probably where you saw it.

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