Evernote has been one of the most used note-taking application for me, with it syncing between my Windows PC and my Android device. I usually use the Evernote desktop client on my Windows PC and the Evernote app from Play Store on my Android.

But, since I also manage a PC running on Ubuntu, I have to switch on to my web-browser to access my notes, thus making it unavailable offline. Is there any native app for Ubuntu that can sync with Evernote?

Or, can you suggest a good note-taking application with enough features that has a client for Windows, Ubuntu and Android?

  • What kind of notes? Large text notes?
    – dwjohnston
    Commented Jun 27, 2015 at 3:56

5 Answers 5


Note I'm no longer using Evernote, but back in time best option on Ubuntu to manage Evernote was Everpad - git hub page.

Everpad sys-try icon with drop down menu

Everpad is the closest thing to an official Evernote client for Ubuntu I ever found.

Everpad has indicator applet with a drop-down menu of recent notebooks.

On Ubuntu unity desktop, Everpad makes all of your Evernote notes searchable from the dash which is just an nice addition to already good application, and of course client have an unity launcher too.

Evernote notes in dash

To install Ubuntu 12.04+ users can use ppa:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nvbn-rm/ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install everpad

An pretty good review of Everpad app you can find here

  • Judging from its GitHub graph page, unfortunately the project is not much active now.
    – mguassa
    Commented Jun 27, 2015 at 10:57
  • I'm curious - you no longer use evernote, because you found something better? Care to share what that is? Commented Jun 12, 2021 at 15:52
  • Nah, I just changed the way I save notes and stuff I need
    – danijelc
    Commented Feb 24, 2022 at 4:04

If you're seriously invested in evernote, and don't want to switch over, nevernote/nixnote is a FOSS client for linux that will sync with evernote.

You can find a ppa here to install it on ubuntu. You will need to select tools -> connect to add your evernote account, and you do seem to have to trigger sync manually. Other than that, it seems to fit your needs perfectly well.

It caches data locally for offline use so, it should pretty much match all your needs perfectly without leaving the evernote ecosystem.

I'd also add it felt a little sluggish for me - I was running it on an older system with 512 mb of ram I use for testing, so this might be an issue, but their issue tracker on evernote also suggests that opening too many notebooks may cause issues.

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It's slightly cheating but Google Keep (login required) has a native Android client, as well as the ability to be run, and be launched as its own app. You very simply need to select it at the apps page on chrome, and create shortcuts to run it without firing up chrome.

It can also be run offline - I've tested this to be sure

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The UI is very clean, and updates between devices is almost instant while you have an internet connection.

  • That looks pretty neat. I hadn't used it much till now. But, it will take some time for me to switch from Evernote to Google Keep. So, I will have to go with Everpad for now to get the job done for me.
    – D V
    Commented Feb 10, 2014 at 13:54
  • Oh absolutely. Moving between services is hard and everpad does seem like a good option. Commented Feb 10, 2014 at 14:27

Absolutely ToDoist.

ToDoist is a to-do list application, that is available on several platforms - Android, Iphone, there's a windows app, browser based app etc. It syncs very well between these.

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It looks like there isn't a specific linux app, but you can just use the browser one, which works very well.

It allows you to set due dates, and arrange tasks into projects.

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You can add notes (which includes files and pictures) to your tasks if you pay for the premium version.

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I highly recommend paying for premium, it only costs about $16 a year from memory, I couldn't find it on their website, it's such a good app that I'd pay for it even without the additional functionality that premium gives.


If you prefer a Free Software solution, you can investigate Tomdroid. It can sync with a server. As far as I know two implementations exist: Snowy and Rainy. I'm not aware of any hosting services offering tomboy sync.

Tomboy seems to run on Windows, so that platform is taken care of. Ubuntu ships tomboy since ages. Tomdroid seems to be the client for Android.

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