You can now install the official Evernote client on Ubuntu and Debian based Linux distributions

Evernote Is a popular note-taking application. It was a revolutionary product when it was released. Since then, there have been multiple such applications that allow you to save web clips, notes, etc. in notebook format.

For many years, Evernote’s desktop client was not available for Linux. Evernote recently promised to use Linux applications, and its Beta version will eventually be available for Ubuntu-based distributions.

Non-FOSS alert!

The Evernote Linux client is not open source. The reason for the introduction here is that the application can be used on Linux, and we will introduce popular non-Foss applications to Linux users from time to time. This is helpful for regular desktop Linux users.

Install Evernote on Ubuntu and Debian based Linux distributions

Go to the following page on the Evernote website:

Evernote Linux Beta Program

Scroll down a bit to accept the terms and conditions of the “early testing program”. You will see the “Install Now” button on the screen. Click it to download the DEB file.

To install an application from a DEB file, double-click it. It should open the “Software Center” application and provide you with installation options.

Install evernote Linux

After the installation is complete, search for Evernote in the system menu and launch it.


When you launch the application for the first time, you need to log in to your Evernote account.

Evernote runs ubuntu

The first run will take you to the “Home Screen” where you can organize your notebooks for faster access.

Evernote on Ubuntu

You may now like to use Evernote on Linux.

Experience the beta version of the Evernote Linux client

When the software is in beta, there are some annoying things everywhere.

As shown in the figure above, the Evernote Linux client detects the dark mode in Ubuntu and automatically switches to the dark theme. However, when I changed the system theme to light or standard, it did not immediately change the theme application theme. The change only took effect after I restarted the Evernote app.

Another question is about closing the application. If you click the X button to close the Evernote application, the application will run in the background instead of exiting.

There is an application indicator that seems to be a way to start a minimized Evernote application, such as Skype on Linux. Unfortunately, this is not the case. It will open the memo pad for you to type in quick notes.

This provides another note for your application on Linux, but it also brings problems. There is no option to exit Evernote. It is only used to open the quick note application.

Evernote app indicator

So, how do I exit the Evernote application? To do this, open the Evernote app again. If it is running in the background, search for it in the menu and start it like reopening.

When the Evernote application is running in the foreground, go to “File” -> “Exit Evernote”.

Quit evernote Linux

Developers should make improvements in future versions.

I can’t say how the beta version of the program will be updated in the future. It does not add any repositories. I just want the application itself to notify the availability of updated versions so that users can download new DEB files.

I don’t have an Evernote premium subscription, but I can still access saved web articles and notes without an Internet connection.Strange

Overall, I am very happy to see Evernote finally made an effort to bring applications to Linux. Now, you don’t have to try to use Evernote on Linux at least on Ubuntu and Debian-based distributions with third-party applications. Of course, you can use Evernote alternatives like Joplin, which are actually open source.

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