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4 best Linux sticky-note apps

There are a lot of great sticky-note apps on the Linux platform that allows users to quickly paste thoughts, lists, and other important information to notes in the form of virtual Post-it notes. But what app is best? Let’s find out in this list of the 5 best Linux sticky-note apps for Linux!

1. Indicator Stickynotes


Indicator Stickynotes is a sticky-note application for Linux that runs in the system tray, as a background service. The app is quite lightweight and can be used to place notes on the desktop of any Linux environment.

The Indicator Sticky-notes app comes with lots of useful features that make it an attractive note-taking application, such as a flat interface, importing and exporting of notes, customizable sticky note colors, and more.

Notable Features – Indicator Stickynotes

  • Support for multiple sticky note colors.
  • Indicator Stickynotes allows users to import and export notes for safekeeping.
  • The flat interface offers up a modern take on sticky-notes.
  • “Lock” feature lets users lock certain notes to prevent them from being modified.


Indicator Stickynotes is available to various Linux distributions via the source code. Additionally, Ubuntu users can install the program with ease via a nifty software PPA.

Building the source code for this program isn’t too difficult, so long as the dependencies for it are met. For help on getting Indicator Stickynotes built and ready to go on your Linux PC, check out our in-depth tutorial on it. Or, download the source code yourself directly on GitHub.

2. Xpad

Xpad is a feature-filled sticky note tool for the Linux desktop. Like most sticky note tools on the platform, it runs in the system tray and can create new sticky notes on any Linux desktop environment just by selecting it in the system tray.

The app is very lightweight, but despite this, it is not missing features. Instead, it has a lot of customization options and features (fonts, sticky note colors, size of notes, etc.). Users also can make notes uneditable with the “read-only” feature.

Notable Features – Xpad

  • Font, sticky-note size, and note background colors are very customizable, ensuring users can get the most out of their notes.
  • Xpad is crash-resistant, and all notes are kept on the user’s hard drive, and not in memory, ensuring nothing is lost if anything goes wrong.
  • Xpad toolbar is highly customizable, and users are encouraged to tweak it to suit their needs better.


XPad is one of the oldest sticky-note apps on all of Linux. As a result, this program is in all of the mainstream Linux distribution’s software repositories. If you’re looking to get the Xpad app up and running, open up a terminal window, search for “xpad” and install it how you typically install software on your Linux PC.

This app is pretty widely available. Still, if it’s not in your distribution’s software sources, check out its page on Pkgs.org. Or, download the source code here and compile it yourself.

3. KNotes

KNotes is a highly extensible note-taking application for the KDE Plasma 5 desktop environment and is included with KDE Kontact. With it, users can jot down quick notes in sticky-note fashion and instantly upload notes into KDE’s Kmail application.

KNotes is perfect for those using the KDE Plasma desktop who need a sticky-note style app for jotting down quick thoughts, and reminders. However, it also works great on other desktops as well!

Notable Features – KNotes

  • KNotes integrates well with the KDE app ecosystem, and notes written in the app are easily shared with emails, and other apps too.
  • Users can customize the font and sticky-note background color for each note they make.
  • Notes written in KNotes aren’t only digital, and the app has full printing support.


KNotes is part of the KDE Plasma desktop suite, so if you’re using the latest release of Plasma, it’s probably installed on your system already. If the app isn’t set up already, open up a terminal window, search for “knotes” and install it the way you usually install apps.

Can’t figure out how to install KNotes on your Linux PC? Consider heading over to Pkgs.org. They have a vast list of KNote package releases for all major Linux distributions. Alternatively, head over to the official Pkgs.org page for download instructions.

4. Pin ‘Em Up

Pin ‘Em Up is a small sticky-note style app for PCs. It’s platform-independent and only requires the Java runtime environment to run. With it, users can place sticky-notes on the Linux desktop.

The app is Java-based, but don’t let that scare you. Despite being a Java application, it offers up some useful features such as note categories, adjustable font sizes, FTP uploading/downloading of notes, and even note exporting to text files.

Notable Features – Pin ‘Em Up

  • Pin Em Up runs on the Java Runtime Environment, which means that the app works on any operating system that has Java support and not just Windows.
  • Support for 5 different user-defined note categories to easily organize sticky notes.
  • The font size of each note is fully adjustable in Pin ‘Em Up.


The Pin Em’ Up application is Java-based, so installing it through traditional Linux methods is impossible. Instead, to get your hands on the app, install the latest Java Runtime Environment on your PC. Then, once you’ve got the latest Java up and running, open up a terminal window to download the latest Pin ‘Em Up.

wget https://downloads.sourceforge.net/pinemup/pin-em-up-0.5.zip

With the Zip archive file is done downloading, extract everything using the Unzip tool.

unzip pin-em-up-0.5.zip

You’ll then be able to run the app from the desktop by calling the Java VM with the command below.

java -jar pinmeup.jar

Don’t want to use the terminal to get Pin ‘Em Up? Head over to the download page on the official website here.


In this list of the 4 best sticky-note apps for Linux, we covered some truly cool apps. What is your favorite sticky-note app to use on Linux? Tell us about it in the comment section below!


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