Day Planner is a simple itinerary management tool for Linux. It is open source and one of the most popular planner apps on Linux.
The software, despite its simplicity, has some seriously compelling features. Specifically, features like exporting/importing itineraries and plugin support come to mind. If you’re looking for an easy way to manage your time from the Linux desktop, this app is one to check out!
SPOILER ALERT: Scroll down and watch the video tutorial at the end of this article.
Note: to use this software, you’ll need Ubuntu, Debian, Arch Linux, Fedora, OpenSUSE, or the ability to run executable files.
Installing Day Planner on Ubuntu means downloading a package, as Ubuntu, unfortunately, does not have the app in its software sources. To start the download, open up a terminal and use the wget command to grab the latest package.
With the package on your Ubuntu PC, installation can begin. Using the dpkg command, install Day Planner.
sudo dpkg -i dayplanner_0.11-1_all.deb
During the installation of Day Planner, some dependencies may fail to install correctly. Things like this happen sometimes, but luckily, it is fixable. In the terminal, run apt install -f to force Ubuntu to correct the issue.
sudo apt install -f
To run Day Planner, open the Ubuntu dash and search for “Day Planner”. Alternatively, check the “Office” section of the app menu.
Day Planner has first class support for Debian, as there is a “Debian” download button the website. To get the package, open up a terminal window on your Debian PC and use the wget downloading tool to grab it.
The wget tool is very quick, so downloading it doesn’t take long. When the download is complete, use the dpkg command to install the package to Debian.
sudo dpkg -i dayplanner_0.11-1_all.deb
Installing Debian packages from the command line means sometimes dependencies break. Luckily, this problem easy to solve. Try the following command in terminal to correct the issue.
sudo apt-get install -f
Arch Linux doesn’t support Day Planner officially. Instead, fans of Arch looking for the Day Planner app need to get it via the AUR.
Getting Day Planner via the Arch Linux User Repository starts out by syncing the latest version of git with Pacman to the system.
sudo pacman -S git
With the git tool working, it’s safe to sync down the latest Day Planner snapshot via the AUR. Using the git command, clone the code.
git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/dayplanner.git
Use the CD command and move the terminal into the new code folder.
Finally, use the makepkg command to generate a new Arch package. Keep in mind that when building this software, dependencies sometimes fail to install. This happens when AUR packages rely on libraries found outside of the official Arch Linux repository. View the dependency list here, in the event that this error occurs.
Start the building process with:
Fedora Linux is unique with its support for Day Planner. Instead of needing to generate an installable package, or download anything. Fans of Fedora can install the Day Planner software with a single command.
sudo dnf install dayplanner -y
Need to uninstall Day Planner on Fedora? Removing it is as easy as installing it:
sudo dnf remove dayplanner -y
Sadly, there is no RPM file that will install Day Planner on OpenSUSE. Even the Fedora RPM files do not work. Instead, users on OpenSUSE looking to install the app are encouraged to follow the generic instructions to get this app running.
Getting the Day Planner app running on obscure Linux distributions is surprisingly easy, as they provide an easy to install binary, rather than asking users build everything from source. To get the binary file, open up a terminal and use the wget downloader app.
When wget finishes downloading the binary file, use the chmod command and update it’s permissions so that it can run as a program.
sudo chmod +x dayplanner-0.11.run
Now that the permissions are set so that the binary file is executable, start the installation process.
The installation will decompress in terminal and open up a graphical installation tool. Read the prompt and click the “OK” button to continue and finish with the installing process.
Uninstall Day Planner
Removing the Day Planner app if you’ve installed it the generic way is a bit different from just installing it via package manager. To remove it, you’ll need to run a shell script. This shell script deletes all traces of the app from the system.
Open up a terminal and run the following command to fully uninstall Day Planner from your Linux PC.