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Xournal – A Journal App for Sketching and Note-Taking

Xournal - Sketching and Note-Taking App
Written by Martins D. Okoi

Just recently we published an article on Write – an app with which you can enter text while maintaining your handwriting almost completely.

Today, we introduce Xournal, a touch-based application for creating journals, sketches, and notes using a stylus.

Xournal is open source, free to use, and easy to get up and running with. Its aim is to provide superior graphical quality and overall functionality while ultimately serving as an alternative to another Linux note-taking app, Jarnal. Unlike Jarnal, however, it has no collaborative functionality.

Features in Xournal

  • FOSS: Xournal is free to download and use and is released under the GNU GPL license
  • Online users manual for beginners and pros alike
  • A themeable User Interface
  • Standard Notetaking functionality not excluding copying and pasting, moving the cursor forward or backward, text colors, pencil and eraser tools

Xournal is available as free software for all modern Linux distros and other GTK+/Gnome platforms and your distro is likely included.


Its installation medium is a tar.gz package with installation instructions here for those not conversant with working with such files.

Download Xournal for Linux

Remember the project is open to contributions on GitHub.

Have you had any experience with this writing app before? I imagine it wouldn’t be as interesting to use for those without stylos. Share your thoughts and add your comments in the section below.

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Martins D. Okoi

Martins Divine Okoi is a graduate of Computer Science with a passion for Linux and the Open Source community. He works as a Graphic Designer, Web Developer, and programmer.