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QOwnNotes – A To-Do List with OwnCloud and Nextcloud Support

QOwnNotes - To-Do List Manager for Linux
Written by Divine Okoi

QOwnNotes is a free, open-source, and cross-platform note-taking and to-do list application with support for Markdown editing and ownCloud integration. It features several panels with all the text entry and editing options all note-taking apps have to offer and even more.

You can place all the panels wherever you want, get notified about external modifications of your current note, and connect to your ownCloud or Nextcloud server for additional features like versioning and trash, among other things.

QOwnNotes Main Screen

QOwnNotes Main Screen

QOwnNotes ownCloud Connect

QOwnNotes ownCloud Connect

Features in QOwnNotes

  • FOSS – free and open source with the source code on GitHub.
  • OwnCloud Integration – save your notes up to the cloud.
  • Support for scripting with QML and JavaScript.
  • Restore deleted files from OwnCloud trash.
  • Get notified about external modifications of your current note.
  • Distraction-free mode.
  • Portable mode for USB sticks.
  • Export and print files in PDF formats.
  • Support for Markdown highlighting, colored tags, and subfolders.
  • Create links to web pages, local files, or other notes.

To know the other features QOwnNotes has to offer you should try it out for yourself.

Install QOwnNotes in Linux

It is available to download as a Snap app, Flatpak, and AppImage, or via a PPA for Ubuntu Linux, elementary OS, and Linux Mint.

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pbek/qownnotes
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install qownnotes

Install QOwnNotes on Debian Linux.

$ wget -O - | sudo apt-key add -
$ sudo bash -c "echo 'deb /' >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/qownnotes.list"
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install qownnotes

Install QOwnNotes on openSUSE.

# zypper install opi
# opi qownnotes

Install QOwnNotes on Fedora Linux.

$ dnf config-manager --add-repo$releasever/
$ dnf makecache
$ dnf install qownnotes

For other Linux distributions, you can follow installation instructions at the following link.

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Install QOwnNotes On Linux

For you to integrate QOwnNotes with your ownCloud you’ll need to have your ownCloud server, as well as Notes, QOwnNotesAPI, and Tasks or Tasks Plus OwnCloud apps. The good news is that you can automatically install all of them from the ownCloud web interface.

QOenNotesAPI and Notes ownCloud apps are listed as experimental projects so you will need to have experimental apps enabled in order to find and install them. Do this using your ownCloud’s web interface from the settings section.

Have you used QOwnNotes before? Drop your views about the note-taking app in the comments box.


About the author

Divine Okoi

Divine Okoi is a cybersecurity postgrad with a passion for the open-source community. With 700+ articles covering different topics in IT, you can always trust him to inform you about the coolest tech.