How To Install QOwnNotes on Ubuntu 20.04 | 22.04 LTS

In this guide, we will show you how to install and configure QOwnNotes on Ubuntu systems.

QOwnNotes is a free open source (GPL) plain-text notepad. The program has support for markdown, and includes a to-do list manager that works on FreeBSD, Linux, MacOS and Windows. It can optionally work together with the notes application of ownCloud or Nextcloud.

Install QOwnNotes on Ubuntu-APT method

Follow the steps below to get started with QOwnNotes :

  • Update your Ubuntu system packages with running the below command:
sudo apt update -y && sudo apt upgrade -y
  • QOwnNotes package is not available on Ubuntu base repository. So You can install it via adding PPA repo as follows:
echo "deb [signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/qownnotes.gpg] $(lsb_release -cs) main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/qownnotes.list
  • Then import the GPG key as shown below:
sudo gpg --no-default-keyring --keyring /usr/share/keyrings/qownnotes.gpg --keyserver --recv-keys FDF1BE5B4B0286C8D8B0587F54223C6547878405 > /dev/null
  • Run the command below to reflect on PPA and GPG key:
sudo apt update -y
  • Then install QOwnNotes as shown below:
sudo apt install qownnotes -y

Install QOwnNotes on Ubuntu- Snap method

Follow the steps below to get started with QOwnNotes:

  • Update your Ubuntu system packages with running the below command:
sudo apt update -y && sudo apt upgrade -y
  • you can install QOwnNotes with snapd manager:

Snap is a software packaging and deployment system developed by Canonical for operating systems that use the Linux kernel. The packages, called snaps, and the tool for using them, snapd, work across a range of Linux distributions and allow upstream software developers to distribute their applications directly to users. Snaps are self-contained applications running in a sandbox with mediated access to the host system.

So, Snaps are applications packaged with all their dependencies to run on all popular Linux distributions from a single build. They update automatically and roll back gracefully.

  • Snaps are discoverable and installable from the Snap Store, an app store with an audience of millions, So install snap then install QOwnNotes via snap manager as shown below
sudo apt update -y
sudo apt install snapd -y
sudo ln -s /var/lib/snapd/snap /snap
sudo snap install core
sudo snap install qownnotes 

Install QOwnNotes-Flatpak method

NOTE: Also you can install QOwnNotes with Flatpak

Flatpak, formerly known as xdg-app, is a utility for software deployment and package management for Linux. It is advertised as offering a sandbox environment in which users can run application software in isolation from the rest of the system.

  • So install the Flatpak manager with running the following command:
sudo apt install flatpak -y
  • Enable Flatpak using the following command
sudo flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub
  • Install QOwnNotes using the following flatpak command.
flatpak install flathub flathub org.qownnotes.QOwnNotes

Access QOwnNotes

  • You can search on the system search bar by typing QOwnNotes as follows
  • Alternatively, Flatpak users will need to launch using the command below:
flatpak run flathub org.qownnotes.QOwnNotes
  • Also snap users can open it with
sudo snap run qownnotes
  • QOwnNotes will be launched as shown below
  • Choose the directory where you will store your notes then click Next as shown above
  • choose the panel layout then click Finished
  • You will be directed to the markdown cheatsheet QOwnNotes as shown below:

How to Remove (Uninstall) QOwnNotes

  • Remove QOwnNotes APT Method
sudo apt autoremove qownnotes --purge -y
  • Remove QOwnNotes with Snap Remove Method:
sudo snap remove --purge qownnotes
  • Remove QOwnNotes with Flatpak Remove Method:
flatpak uninstall --delete-data flathub org.qownnotes.QOwnNotes
flatpak remove --unused


That’s it


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