Updated: Evernote on Linux

Officially there is no nice Evernote client for Linux unless you decide to use the web version inside Chrome.  If however you install WINE (a Windows API layer) it is possible to get it running without any problems. If you are new to Linux and WINE then please note that you do NOT need a physical copy of Windows to get Evernote working!

What you will need:

  1. Evernote 4.6.3 for Windows (Evernote_4.6.3.8096) or try the latest version from Evernote
  2. Wine version 1.4 (from your Linux repository)
  3. Linux Mint 13 XFCE (I have this so I know it works please let me know if it works with others). I have reviewed Linux Mint 13 XFCE. You can also download the 64 bit from here or the 32 bit version here. I have only tested the 64 bit version.

Follow these simple steps, please note these are based on the XFCE desktop interface so there may be some changes on your platform.

  1. Go to the Wine configuration programme under the Wine menu, in there click on Applications and select ‘Default Settings’ and ensure the Windows version is set to XP.
  2. Right click on the Evernote Icon in your download folder the under the general options set open with to ‘Wine Windows Programme Loader”.
  3. While remaining in the file info dialog and select permissions, set the “Allow File to Run as a Programme” to true.
  4. Now double click on the Evernote Icon and follow the instructions as it installs…

I had no problems installing Evernote although the interface does not look as nice as on Windows and it does run a little slower. It even runs in the system tray and syncs so far without any issue.

If you don’t like running Evernote under WINE don’t forget there is the application that you can run inside Chrome. There are also two unofficial clients Everpad and Nevernote for Linux, but I have yet to try them.

Evernote 4.6.3 is copyright Evernote Corporation.



About Rod McCall

Rod McCall is a researcher in the field of human-computer interaction in areas such as augmented reality, mobile gaming in-car systems and virtual environments. He has a passing interest in economics after not being entirely convinced by the rubbish presented as fact during lectures on that particular subject while at uni.
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