I have an old Ubuntu machine that no longer works, but I can still access its drive through a live USB. None of the notes were ever exported; though, I was expecting to recover them by some other means. How do I do this? I see the Joplin app folder/files and that it was installed on the machine via snap.


Those are stored in an SQLite database. Default location (normal and snap):


Find the one you are after on your system and then from command line you can do ...

sqlite3 ~/.config/joplin-desktop/database.sqlite
sqlite3 ~/snap/joplin-desktop/current/.config/joplin-desktop

and then use the SQL language to view and dump data from it. .help will show available options.

  • Note that location of the snap application will be different, somewhere under ~/snap
    – vanadium
    Sep 24 at 11:16
  • @vanadium yeah found it online just now.
    – Rinzwind
    Sep 24 at 11:40
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    An easier and more powerful way to access data is with sqlitebrowser. Sep 24 at 12:54
  • yep, that's one of my most upvoted answers
    – qwr
    Sep 24 at 19:18
  • Or copy the .sqlite file to a current system which can access the information. Unlike some more traditional databases, the .sqlite is all you need to read/transfer an SQLite database.
    – Mast
    Sep 25 at 3:53

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