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Evernote SDK for JavaScript

Evernote API version 1.25

What is this

A JavaScript API around the Evernote Cloud API.

Required reading

Please check out the Evernote Developers portal page.


Get the minified version of the SDK here.

Use OAuth for authentication

We recommend using the jsOAuth library for OAuth. It can be downloaded here.

Details on the OAuth process are available here.

Here are the basic steps for OAuth using the jsOAuth library.

(Change this to, when you are ready to activate on production).

var hostName = ""; 

Step 1:

var options,oauth;
options = {
    consumerKey: <your consumer key>,
    consumerSecret: <your consumer secret>,
    callbackUrl : <your callback url>,
    signatureMethod : "HMAC-SHA1",
oauth = OAuth(options);
oauth.request({'method': 'GET', 'url': hostName + '/oauth', 'success': success, 'failure': failure});

Step 2:

In the callback success, get the oauth_token and the oauth_token_secret. Redirect the user for authorization to : evernoteHostName + '/OAuth.action?oauth_token=' + <token from step 1>

Step 3:

In your callback url, get the oauth_verifier and the oauth_token from the query string.

var verifier = <your verifier>;
var oauth_token = <your oauth token>;
var secret = <oauth secret from step 1>;

Now get the final token.

oauth.request({'method': 'GET', 'url': hostName + '/oauth',
    'success': success, 'failure': failure});

Step 4:

Parse the success callback to get the authentication token.


Once you get the authentication token, note store URL and user store URL from the OAuth step,

var noteStoreURL = <note store url>;
var authenticationToken = <authentication token>;
var noteStoreTransport = new Thrift.BinaryHttpTransport(noteStoreURL);
var noteStoreProtocol = new Thrift.BinaryProtocol(noteStoreTransport);
var noteStore = new NoteStoreClient(noteStoreProtocol);

noteStore.listNotebooks(authenticationToken, function (notebooks) {
}, function onerror(error) {

Use with Node


You can install the module using npm.

npm install evernote


var Evernote = require('evernote').Evernote;
var client = new Evernote.Client({
  consumerKey: 'YOUR API CONSUMER KEY',
  consumerSecret: 'YOUR API CONSUMER SECRET',
  sandbox: [true or false] // Optional (default: true)
client.getRequestToken('YOUR CALLBACK URL', function(error, oauthToken, oauthTokenSecret, results) {
  // store tokens in the session
  // and then redirect to client.getAuthorizeUrl(oauthToken)

To obtain the access token

client.getAccessToken(oauthToken, oauthTokenSecret, oauthVerifier, function(error, oauthAccessToken, oauthAccessTokenSecret, results) {
  // store 'oauthAccessToken' somewhere

Now you can make other API calls

var client = new Evernote.Client({token: oauthAccessToken});
var noteStore = client.getNoteStore();
notebooks = noteStore.listNotebooks(function(err, notebooks) {
  // run this code

You can see the actual OAuth sample code in sample/express.


Once you acquire token, you can use UserStore. For example, if you want to call UserStore.getUser:

var client = new Evernote.Client(token: token);
var userStore = client.getUserStore();
userStore.getUser(function(err, user) {
  // run this code

You can omit authenticationToken in the arguments of UserStore/NoteStore functions.


If you want to call NoteStore.listNotebooks:

var noteStore = client.getNoteStore();
noteStore.listNotebooks(function(err, notebooks) {
  // run this code

NoteStore for linked notebooks

If you want to get tags for linked notebooks:

var linkedNotebook = noteStore.listLinkedNotebooks[0]; // any notebook
var sharedNoteStore = client.sharedNoteStore(linkedNotebook);
sharedNoteStore.getSharedNotebookByAuth(function(err, sharedNotebook) {
  sharedNoteStore.listTagsByNotebook(err2, sharedNotebook.notebookGuid, function(tags) {
    // run this code

NoteStore for Business

If you want to get the list of notebooks in your business account:

userStore.getUser(function(err, user) {
  if (user.isBusinessUser) {
    client.getBusinessNoteStore().listNotebooks(function(err, notebooks) {
      // run this code

Utility methods for Business

This module provides some utility methods to deal with Evernote Business.

List business notebooks

To list all business notebooks the user can access

var client = new Evernote.Client({token: token})
client.listBusinessNotebooks(function(err, businessNotebooks) {
  // run this code

Create a business note

To create a business note in a business notebook

var note = new Evernote.Note();
client.listBusinessNotebooks(function(err, notebooks) {
  client.createNoteInBusinessNotebook(note, businessNotebooks[0], function(err, createdNote) {
    // run this code

Create a business notebook

To create a business notebook

var notebook = new Evernote.Notebook();
client.createBusinessNotebook(notebook, function(err, createdNotebook) {
  // run this code

Get a notebook corresponding to the given business notebook

client.listBusinessNotebooks(function(err, businessNotebooks) {
  client.getCorrespondingNotebook(businessNotebooks[0], function(err, notebook) {
    // run this code

Determine if the user is a part of a business



You can find a simple client app and a sample app with express under 'sample/express'. Please note that you have to use NodeBinaryHttpTransport instead of BinaryHttpTransport.


Does the API support CORS (Cross origin resource sharing)

Not yet. However, there are an increasing number of platforms(phonegap,node.js, etc) that use JavaScript as their language. This SDK works well with those platforms.

Can I test my code in the browser

Yes. You can test your code in Chrome. Open Chrome using open /Applications/Google\ --args --disable-web-security .

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