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Joplin is a markdown cross-platform note-taking and to-do application. It is developed as an open source alternative to Evernote. It is available in various operating systems, such as Linux, Windows, MacOS, Android, and iOS. It supports cloud synchronization, end-to-end encryption, web clipping, note history, note import/export, markdown editing, WYSIWYG editing, and tagging. In addition, there are many Joplin plugins that can be installed to enhance note-taking experience.


Joplin can be installed with the following methods.

Manual Installation

From Joplin download page, the recommended way to install Joplin on Linux operating systems is by executing the following script:

wget -O - | bash

The script will automatically download the latest Joplin AppImage binary file to folder ~/.joplin. If there is a previous version already exists in the directory, the older AppImage binary file will be overwritten with the newer one.

To uninstall Joplin installed using manual installation method, simply remove the ~/.joplin directory. For example, by executing:

rm -r ~/.joplin

AUR Installation

Install joplinAUR to obtain the CLI version of Joplin. To use the desktop version of Joplin running on Electron, Install joplin-desktopAUR.


Since v1.6.4, Joplin plugins can be installed directly by opening the plugin search menu under Tools > Options > Plugins. The plugin archive file will be downloaded automatically into the Joplin plugin folder ~/.config/joplin-desktop/plugins. Upon restarting the app, installed Joplin plugins will work as its intended function.

Note that plugins only work on desktop version of Joplin.

Tips and tricks

Importing Notes from Evernote

To import notes from Evernote and save them in Joplin in markdown format, open File > Import > ENEX - Evernote Export File (as Markdown) from the main application window. A file dialog will be shown, upon which the Evernote export file can be located and imported to Joplin.

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