Notejot – Stupid Simple & Stylish GTK4 App to Jot Down Ideas in Linux PC & Mobile

Linux has quite a few note taking apps! Notejot is the one with a stupid easy-to-use and stylish user interface, while working on both Linux desktop PC and mobile.

Notejot is a GTK4 app written in Vala programming language. It has 3 columns in desktop to classify all user notes in left via ‘Notebooks’. And, it displays available notes as well as yellow ‘Add New Note’ button in center. User may write down new ideas in the right.

The note taking app features:

  • Create new notebook via top-left corner button. And, add a note to a notebook via top-right corner ‘‘ menu option.
  • Color notes in 8 different colors.
  • Pin / Unpin important notes.
  • Format via Bold, Italic, Underline, Strikethrough, and order list.
  • Undo / Redo support.
  • Search notes.
  • Insert Emojis via right-click menu.
  • And display in small, medium, and large text.
Right-click and select insert Emojis

By using the libadwaita library, the app has an adaptive UI that works perfectly on small screen display, e.g., tablet computers and mobile phones.

How to Install Notejot in Linux:

The app is available to install as Flatpak package.

1. Install Flatpak daemon:

Some Linux distributions have Flatpak support out-of-the-box, including CentOS, ClearLinux, Elementary OS, Fedora Workstation, Linux Mint, Pop! OS, Zorin OS and more.

However, many other Linux need to install the daemon first to get it work. First, open “terminal” from start menu (‘Activities’ overview). Then, run command below to get it:

  • For Debian, Ubuntu based system, as well as Raspberry Pi OS, run command:
    sudo apt install flatpak
  • Arch Linux user may run this command instead:
    sudo pacman -S flatpak

Others may follow this setup guide to get the daemon.

2. Install Notejot via Flatpak:

After setting up the daemon, user may run this command in a terminal window to install the app:

flatpak install

Note: as a GTK4 app, there will be a few hundred MB run-time libraries (e.g., GNOME 41 platfrom) to install if you don’t have it before.

How to Remove Notejot:

To remove the app, simply run command in terminal window:

flatpak uninstall --delete-data io.github.lainsce.Notejot

And, you may remove useless run-time libraries if you don’t have any other Flatpak apps by running command:

flatpak uninstall --unused

That’s all. Enjoy!

Hi, I'm Merilyn Ne, a computer geek working on Ubuntu Linux for many years and would like to write useful tips for beginners. Forgive me for language mistakes. I'm not a native speaker of English.