SimpleNote keeps your notes synced across Linux, Android, iOS, and Windows

SimpleNote is a free application for taking notes of something real quick and keep it synced across your smartphone and desktop PCs including Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X. It has simple sleek user interface which loads very quickly, and the automatic sync is fast and reliable.

simplenote for linux

Features of SimpleNotes

Once you install SimpleNotes, you need to signup for free with your email ID so that you can sync your notes across several devices. SimpleNotes supports tags and it lets you find notes quickly with its instant search feature. You can share a list, post some instructions, or publish your ideas and share it with your friends and family or work together. Other feature include the notes backup feature. Your notes are backed up when you change them. Just drag the version slider to go back in time.

Simplenote on Linux Mint
Simplenote on Linux Mint

I wouldn’t say Simplenote as equivalent to Wiznote, which I recommend as the Evernote alternative because the later comes with internet browser integration that lets you quickly clip the notes directly from web. Hope this much needed feature gets added to SimpleNote in future versions, but for now as the name indicates, it’s a simple notes application like Google Keep. The advantage over Google Keep is the ability to have a standalone dedicated app for a better user experience.

Install SimpleNote in Ubuntu, Linux Mint, elementary OS, and derivatives

Step 1: Download SimpleNote for Linux from their webpage. I suggest to download the .deb file for debian-based Linux distros. You can also download the Android/iOS/Windows version for other devices. Here is Google Play link.

Step 2: By default browser settings, the downloaded binary file should go into ‘Downloads’ directory.

Step 3: Launch ‘Terminal’ and navigate to the ‘Downloads’ directory.

cd Downloads

Step 4: Use list command to see the files in the Downloads folder so that you type the correct file name for installation.


Step 5: use dpkg installation command. Replace the filename in the command with that of the downloaded file. In my example, the file name is simplenote-1.0.7.deb.

sudo dpkg -i filename

Enter root password when prompted.

SimpleNote installation on Linux Mint
SimpleNote installation on Linux Mint

That’s it! You can now launch the utility from ‘Applications’.

Install SimpleNotes on Fedora, Mandriva, and Derivatives

Step 1: Download SimpleNote for Linux from their webpage. I suggest to download the .tar.gz file for RPM-based Linux distros. You can also download the Android/iOS/Windows version for other devices. Here is Google Play link.

Step 2: By default browser settings, the downloaded compressed file should go into ‘Downloads’ directory. Right-click on it and extract its content to the same folder.

Step 3: The downloaded file is already compiled which means you can run it right away. So I suggest to move the folder Simplenote-linux-x64 to some other location like Documents to avoid accidental deletion. I know some people move it to ‘Bin’ folder, but I wouldn’t recommend it for beginners as it could create problems.

Step 4: Launch ‘Terminal’ and navigate to the ‘Documents’  (or wherever you moved it)> ‘Simplenote-linux-x64’ directory.

cd Documents

cd Simplenote-linux-x64

Step 5: Login as Super User and enter the root password.


Step 6: Run the binary.

./Simplenote &


Kiran Kumar
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