What alternatives for sticky notes are available?

I like the Sticky Notes very much, they are always on the desktop.

But I can’t find it in Ubuntu since 12.04. Other programs like gnotes & Xjournal are not giving a feature to stay on the desktop.

So, is there any application similar to the old sticky notes in Ubuntu?

Here is Solutions:

We have many solutions to this problem, But we recommend you to use the first solution because it is tested & true solution that will 100% work for you.

Solution 1

  1. Good news: you can have Sticky Notes in Ubuntu.

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:umang/indicator-stickynotes
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install indicator-stickynotes
  2. If you’d also like to try an alternative, I can suggest XPad as well, which should be in the official repositories.

Solution 2

xpad deserves a try. Type in terminal:

sudo apt-get install xpad


Solution 3


This is a note taking app for your Linux which also works on Mac and Windows platforms.


  • Making notes
  • highlight text
  • bulleting
  • change fonts
  • link to email addresses

… and much more.

To install:

sudo apt-get install tomboy

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official site

Solution 4

My preferred one is xfce4-notes. To install:

sudo apt-get install xfce4-notes*

Solution 5

Try the following command. For me it worked on a Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.

sudo snap install stickynotes

Screenshot of stickynotes

These are even better than the Windows stickynotes. You can arrange multiple notes as tiles and them access them individually as needed. You can color code them based on priority or just to identify them distinctly. They also have multiple options like:

  • Adding video
  • Adding audio
  • Touch mode
  • Import
  • Export
  • Spelling suggestions as you write

Solution 6

I have found my self three more good tools and I would like add them here , may be that can help others in future .


sudo apt-get install knotes


sudo apt-get install note


  sudo apt-get install knotes-mobile

Solution 7

Not really a Ubuntu thing, but have found the Sticky Notes Chrome app really useful, specially because I have different workplaces and they sync through Google drive. It also offers formatting options, which lacks in some Linux options. Here’s the link: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/sticky-notes/nbjdhgkkhefpifbifjiflpaajchdkhpg/related?hl=en

Solution 8

A mac like notes app. http://www.get-notes.com/

Comes with great features.

  • Cross platform
  • Auto save
  • Search

Solution 9

For really quick notes, on Ubuntu Budgie we have QuickNote, an area to drop quick & short notes:

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  • Customizable size
  • Customizable data location can be

Solution 10

Thought I’d throw my programme in for good measure: Gnut

Screenshot of Gnut

I got a bit fed up with xnote and wrote a JavaFX-based sticky notes programme called Gnut some years back. It’s pretty basic but has served my colleagues and I well. I’ve just added copy paste and put a more easy-to-install release up on GitLab

Solution 11

I use conky with /etc/conky/conky.conf containing:

${exec head -n 16 /home/aaa/myfiles/todo/todo.txt | fold -w 50 -s}

source: ‘conky’ in http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/linux-and-open-source/make-your-linux-desktop-send-alerts-that-you-cant-miss/
from google ‘linux wallpaper reminder’

add command conky -d -p 10 to ‘session and startup’ so conky start automatically during startup.

source: https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=140105
from google ‘xfce conky not showing’ result 1

Solution 12

I know it’s an old question, but there’s another software available in the current Ubuntu Software app (I’m on 18.04), that is also called Sticky Notes, but I don’t think it is in anyway related to the other app suggested above.

The notes for it says the project page and GitHub page are at:

It works well for me. Sometimes a little sluggish, but it does a good job of what I need it to. I also evaluated xpad, but this works for me. It looks you can sync it to DropBox, but I haven’t needed to do that myself.

Solution 13

I will suggest you SimpleNote.This application that works across different platforms and mobile devices, then you should take a look at Simplenote. Your notes stay updated across all your devices and stay organized so you can find notes quickly with instant searching and simple tags.


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Imagesource: https://simplenote.com/2017/11/20/windows-and-linux-app-update-now-available-2/

Note: Use and implement solution 1 because this method fully tested our system.
Thank you 🙂

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