2 Ways to Install Joplin Note Taking App on Ubuntu 22.04

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Want to take notes on Linux, then here is the Joplin open-source note-taking application to install on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy JellyFish or Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa.

Joplin is an open source application generally considered an alternative to Evernote. It is cross-platform, so available for all popular operating systems like Windows, macOS including Linux, Android, and iOS. Its interface is intuitive and allows users to create notes and to-do lists with just a few clicks and organize them into different notebooks. It is developed by a British developer Laurent Cozic, under MIT license.

Even existing Evernote users can easily adapt the app quickly as it is similar in structure. Joplin file formats and Markdown files can also import Evernote notebooks. JEX, RAW, JSON, Markdown and PDF are available as export formats.

Like Evernote, the Web Clipper extension is also available for Joplin on the Mozilla and Chome extension stores. Along with these basic functions like keywords, quite good search function and print function are also there to help you. It supports synchronization in local filesystems/directories; various cloud services, including Nextcloud, Dropbox, OneDrive, WebDAV or the WebDAV file system standard, are also available.

A nice addition is the built-in end-to-end encryption, which Joplin can optionally enable for each client. The app uses established methods (AES-128, SHA-256), with encryption and decryption always taking place locally on the respective device. What I personally find a bit ugly is that the hashes and encryption algorithms used are not mentioned in the documentation, for this I first had to scroll through the linked source code and find the relevant entries. It could have been solved better.

You can find more information and download desktop versions, including smartphones, at GitHub,

Steps to Install Joplin Note Taking App on Ubuntu 22.04 | 20.04

The commands given here (script given in the first method) will be the same for other Linux distributions such as Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Rocky Linux, AlmaLinux, Debian, Pop OS, MX Linux and others…

#Use scripts

1. Requirements

Linux Ubuntu
A non-root sudo user
Internet connection

2. APT Update

The first thing we should start from is updating the system update command. This will refresh the system repository and update installed packages.

sudo apt update -y

3. Script to install Joplin on Ubuntu 22.04 | 20.04

Well, the package to install the Joplin note taking app is not available through the default Ubuntu Linux system repository. Therefore, we have to download and install the Joplin binary manually. However, to make things easier, the developers of this software offer a script, here is the one to run:

sudo wget -O - https://raw.githubusercontent.com/laurent22/joplin/dev/Joplin_install_and_update.sh | bash

4. Run Joplin on Linux

When you run the script, in a few seconds Joplin will be on your system. Once done, go to the app launcher and search for this open source note taking app.

Run Joplin on Linux

5. APP interface

Finally, you will have the open source note taking app on your Linux with an intuitive interface to write down and store your important and important work in your words.

6. How to completely remove Joplin from Linux

Joplin was not installed using the APT package manager, so we cannot remove it like any other Linux application. However, it’s quite simple and straightforward, just delete its icon and executable file and you’re done.

sudo rm -r ~/.joplin
sudo rm -r ~/.config/joplin-desktop
sudo rm ~/.local/share/applications/appimagekit-joplin.desktop

#2nd-way using Flatpak

7. Install FlatPak on Ubuntu 22.04 | 20.04

FlatPak is another way to get the Joplin. If you already have it, skip this step, while other users can run the given commands.

sudo apt install flatpak -y
sudo apt install gnome-software-plugin-flatpak

Enable the Flatpak repository:

sudo flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

Note: If you have the following error:

Failed to load uri https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo: TLS certificate unacceptable

Then run the following after adding the Flatpak repository:

sudo apt install --reinstall ca-certificates

Restart the system:

Once you have added the repository, restart your system or log out to properly integrate the Flatpak on your Ubuntu Linux.

sudo reboot

8. Command to configure Joplin using Flatpak

Well, now everything is settled, we have the new package manager to easily get the latest packages from Joplin to install on Ubuntu 22.0 or 20.04. Run the given command:

sudo flatpak install net.cozic.joplin_desktop -y

To delete (optional):

If you want to remove the app installation using Flatpak, run the given command;

sudo flatpak remove net.cozic.joplin_desktop -y

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