I bought recently this laptop, and it comes with a digital pen. Ubuntu 20.04 detects the pen. What all apps can I use to utilize the pen?


For taking notes

To draw and take notes, you can use Xournal++, an actively maintained free and open source program.

enter image description here (Image credit - Xournal++ readme)

Enter the following commands in a terminal to install it from its stable PPA.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:apandada1/xournalpp-stable
sudo apt update
sudo apt install xournalpp

Alternatively, you can use the .deb package, or the flatpak version, as described in the readme of the project.


For drawing

You can use Krita to draw and create professional graphics. It has a lot of features. Many tutorials are available online (and also in youtube).

krita screenshot

sudo apt install krita

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with the development of either Krita or Xournal++, but I am the maintainer of the stable PPA for Xournal++.

  • Xournal++ is also available as a snap, which is the easiest and safest way to install it for Ubuntu users. – Robie Basak Apr 16 at 11:44
  • @RobieBasak For quite a long time, the snap package was outdated. The snap is not maintained by the xournalpp developers, and they discourage to use it. The snap also has compatibility issues with LaTeX. Also, what is "safest" is really opinion based. PPAs are safe too. However, feel free to edit my answer to add more information. – Archisman Panigrahi Apr 16 at 15:18

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