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?

10 Answers 10

  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 AndroidDev 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
  • "acheter chat" :) – Helen Apr 4 '17 at 6:42


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

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

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


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

Comes with great features.

  • Cross platform
  • Auto save
  • Search

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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