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

But in the current version of Ubuntu (12.04), I can't find it. 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 12.04?

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  1. Good news: you can have Sticky Notes in Ubuntu 12.04 or 12.10.

    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 suggested XPad as well, which should be in the official repositories. Here's more info:

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Although no longer maintained, xpad deserves a try. Type in terminal:

sudo apt-get install xpad


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Xpad is currently maintained. – Arthur Borsboom Feb 12 '14 at 0:12
@ArthurBorsboom OP may have been mistaken between xpad which is in the repos and the one for Apple's MacOS. The latter is in fact no longer supported: but just to point out that it seems to be a completely different software. – Dan Oct 28 '15 at 13:06
Where it is stored? – Pratik Butani Jan 27 at 5:11


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

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this is not sticky... – insign Oct 23 '15 at 21:13
this looks ugly and as @insign mentioned, it's not sticky – Outlier Feb 13 at 9:52

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
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My preferred one is xfce4-notes. To install:

sudo apt-get install xfce4-notes*
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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:

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