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

But I can't find it in Ubuntu since 12.04. 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?

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

    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 suggest XPad as well, which should be in the official repositories.

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    Thank you !! Xpad works exactly what I was looking for .good application. – sanjay mundhra Feb 12 '17 at 18:41
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    As a note for people coming in the future (speaking as someone who's used both of these) - stickynotes seems to have an issue where it keeps launching duplicate instances of itself and pollutes my system tray (among other annoyances) - xpad seems to just "work better". – Krease Jan 25 '18 at 23:19
  • Yep, sticky notes doesn't work with alt+tab. The moment you click on different window, it disappears. IMO, DO NOT INSTALL. Just 2 min ago installed xpad, works with Alt+Tab, allows visibility in all workspaces, maximizes, etc. Simple, works. – saurabheights Aug 23 '18 at 16:07
  • i second what people are saying. Do not install Sticky Notes. It's horrible. The default color is horrendous and there are no options. xpad works. – cbloss793 Dec 14 '18 at 17:09

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: getxpad.com but just to point out that it seems to be a completely different software. – Dan Oct 28 '15 at 13:06
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    Where it is stored? – Pratik Butani Jan 27 '16 at 5:11
  • It worked great in the past, but in a few recent years it became riddled with bugs (e.g. it doesn't remember last open notes and opens them all every time it's launched, it also crashes when I close the last note (or use "close all")). @PratikButani the notes are stored in ~/.config/xpad – jena Jan 8 '17 at 11:30
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    To move the xpad, press ctrl and then move. – Foreever Sep 6 '19 at 18:00


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
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    this looks ugly and as @insign mentioned, it's not sticky – Outlier Feb 13 '16 at 9:52
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    Just tried it, and it supports Latex !! To me, that eliminates all other choices :) – Yan King Yin Sep 29 '17 at 5:13
  • Ugly yes, but the one I was able to install at work where I can't change the repositories. So thank you. – nessa.gp Oct 19 '17 at 15:50

My preferred one is xfce4-notes. To install:

sudo apt-get install xfce4-notes*
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    sadly I couldn't make this work outside Xfce (e.g. in Unity or elementaryOS) - it won't show an icon anywhere unless you use xfce4-panel – jena Jan 8 '17 at 11:27

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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Try the following command. For me it worked on a Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.

sudo snap install stickynotes

Screenshot of stickynotes

These are even better than the Windows stickynotes. You can arrange multiple notes as tiles and them access them individually as needed. You can color code them based on priority or just to identify them distinctly. They also have multiple options like:

  • Adding video
  • Adding audio
  • Touch mode
  • Import
  • Export
  • Spelling suggestions as you write
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  • @Kevin How did you add inline image? I was not able to find a way to do that. – nd23 Nov 22 '19 at 20:02
  • I just added an exlamation mark. You can click on he edited link to see revisions – Kevin Bowen Nov 22 '19 at 23:02
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    I can't add text to the sticky. This is pretty bad – Heisenberg Jul 23 at 4:17

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: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/sticky-notes/nbjdhgkkhefpifbifjiflpaajchdkhpg/related?hl=en

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    Beware - I lost all my notes with this app! One day they disappeared and I never got them back :( I still have xml files in my drive but the app does not see them so I'm screwed. OT: does anyone know of a good xml parser to extract my notes from this pickle? – jena Jan 8 '17 at 11:23

For really quick notes, on Ubuntu Budgie we have QuickNote, an area to drop quick & short notes:

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  • Customizable size
  • Customizable data location can be
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I use conky with /etc/conky/conky.conf containing:

${exec head -n 16 /home/aaa/myfiles/todo/todo.txt | fold -w 50 -s}

source: 'conky' in http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/linux-and-open-source/make-your-linux-desktop-send-alerts-that-you-cant-miss/ from google 'linux wallpaper reminder'

add command conky -d -p 10 to 'session and startup' so conky start automatically during startup.

source: https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=140105 from google 'xfce conky not showing' result 1

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  • Send a sample of the todo.txt contents. – Moyo Freeman Jun 7 at 5:03

A mac like notes app. http://www.get-notes.com/

Comes with great features.

  • Cross platform
  • Auto save
  • Search
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Thought I'd throw my programme in for good measure: Gnut

Screenshot of Gnut

I got a bit fed up with xnote and wrote a JavaFX-based sticky notes programme called Gnut some years back. It's pretty basic but has served my colleagues and I well. I've just added copy paste and put a more easy-to-install release up on GitLab

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I know it's an old question, but there's another software available in the current Ubuntu Software app (I'm on 18.04), that is also called Sticky Notes, but I don't think it is in anyway related to the other app suggested above.

The notes for it says the project page and GitHub page are at:

It works well for me. Sometimes a little sluggish, but it does a good job of what I need it to. I also evaluated xpad, but this works for me. It looks you can sync it to DropBox, but I haven't needed to do that myself.

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I will suggest you SimpleNote.This application that works across different platforms and mobile devices, then you should take a look at Simplenote. Your notes stay updated across all your devices and stay organized so you can find notes quickly with instant searching and simple tags.


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Imagesource: https://simplenote.com/2017/11/20/windows-and-linux-app-update-now-available-2/

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