Many people probably know Evernote or OneNote — two sophisticated note management applications with many great features. One advantage — especially from Evernote — is that it is available on many platforms. Even for Ubuntu there are some unofficial programs that you can use to synchronize and edit your Evernote notes. However, OneNote and Evernote have the disadvantage that they are not open source software and one does not know what exactly happens to the data or how they are processed. Furthermore, the free Evernote version only allows synchronization on 2 devices. Therefore I would like to introduce Joplin as an Evernote alternative today.
Joplin offers many features that you would expect from note-taking software. Here is an excerpt:
What I personally like is the possibility to synchronize the notes encrypted and to have them always available offline — on all devices I use. Furthermore, the support for Markdown is a great feature!
The developer of Joplin develops the app very actively. You can download the latest version from the project’s website. There you find links to the applications for all platforms. For Linux there is an AppImage. To install the application, you have to adjust the rights after downloading it. To do this, open the file properties via the context menu (“right-click”) and activate “Allow executing this file as program” under permissions.
Finally, you install the app with a double click.
Open the settings for synchronization at Tools → General Options. There you define the synchronization interval, which service should be used, as well as the user name and password. For the synchronization with Nextcloud I chose WebDav because I couldn’t sync to a subfolder in my cloud with the option “Nextcloud”. Maybe I did something wrong…
By clicking on “Check Synchronisation Configuration” you can check if the settings are correct. You can find the correct WebDav URL in the Nextcloud web interface (see picture, click on the cogwheel bottom left):
The URL will look like this: https://example.org/nextcloud/remote.php/webdav/subfolder/
Joplin stores all notes and notebooks unencrypted by default. Therefore you should activate the encryption in Joplin, so that nobody (cloud provider etc.) can read the data . To do this, proceed as follows:
I’ve been using Joplin for a few weeks now and I’m very happy with it so far. The synchronization possibilities (incl. encryption), offline and markdown support are for me the killer features of this app. Joplin is an example of another great open source app. Of course, Joplin is not the only notes application available for Linux, but it offers many features that other apps do not have.
What application do you use to manage your notes?
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