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How to Install Note-Taking Apps “Simplenote” on Linux

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Evernote, right now, is the best note-taking app for all the major platforms including Android, Chrome OS, Windows, Mac OS, and web. But you have to pay for getting the premium features. On the other hand, Simplenote is an open-source note-taking app which is developed by Automattic, WordPress Blogging Platform developer. Simplenote app is the best alternative to Evernote. Simplenote is totally free, lightweight and supports all the major platforms. It’s also available for all the major platform like iOS, Android, Windows, Mac, Linux, and the Web. Initially, it was developed and built for the iOS platform but now, as you know, is for every platform.

Important Features

  • All the tasking and docs will be synchronized across the platforms and your devices.
  • Offers simple tags and optimized instant search.
  • It can be used to make a list, write content or publish your thoughts.
  • Notes will be backed up, synced and shared without any premium tag as it’s a completely free App.
  • Users can use a note tag and be pinning the content.
  • Offline support for Linux system.
  • Support Markdown.
  • Users can enable a dark theme.

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Download for Linux system

Download for Linux (.deb)   Download for Linux (.tar.gz)

How to Install It on Ubuntu via Snap

  • Go to the official website for downloading deb package and .tar.gz package for other Linux distros.
  • You can also download a snap version of Simplenote. Open a Terminal Ctrl+Alt+T and run:
sudo snap install simplenote
  • If you are a new user of Ubuntu snap store, then first you have to download snap service by running following command.
sudo apt install snapd

How to Install on Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Elementary OS and other Ubuntu derivative

sudo apt-get install gdebi
wget https://github.com/Automattic/simplenote-electron/releases/download/v1.0.8/simplenote-1.0.8.deb
sudo gdebi simplenote-1.0.8.deb


Run the below command to remove the Simplenote if installed via Snap.

sudo snap remove simplenote

Uninstall It from Ubuntu and other Ubuntu derivative if installed

sudo apt-get remove simplenote

How to Install on Fedora, CentOS, and RHEL

wget https://github.com/Automattic/simplenote-electron/releases/download/v1.0.8/Simplenote-linux-x64.1.0.8.tar.gz
tar -xvf Simplenote-linux-x64.1.0.8.tar.gz
cd Simplenote-linux*

If you follow the correct guides then no problem will happen. But if you face any problem, please let me know in the comment section. I will come back with a good solution.


  1. $ ./Simplenote

    (Simplenote:653453): Pango-ERROR **: 08:50:09.164: Harfbuzz version too old (1.2.7)

    Trace/breakpoint trap (core dumped)

  2. Thanks for your software
    I’m trying to install Simplenote on Fedora 27, but I got an error when I ran the ./Simplenote

    ./Simplenote: error while loading shared libraries: libXss.so.1: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory


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