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Joplin - a secure, open-source note taking and management application for Fedora Linux

Joplin is a powerful desktop and mobile application for writing and organizing markdown-formatted documents and then storing them, fully end-to-end encrypted, on the local filesystem as well as syncing to the cloud, thus allowing your multiple devices to maintain the same set of documents. Joplin can handle a large number of notes organised into notebooks. The notes are searchable, can be copied, tagged and modified either from the applications directly or from your own favorite text editor.

You can read more about what Joplin is here and here.

TL;DR - I want to install Joplin!

Open up a terminal and copy and paste these commands on the commandline of your Fedora Linux workstation or desktop. Note, I assume you are logged in as a user that has "sudo" rights.

For Fedora users...
note: EL8/RHEL8/CentOS8 builds are in testing

# Initial install...
sudo dnf copr enable taw/joplin
sudo dnf install -y joplin
# Update/upgrade...
sudo dnf upgrade -y joplin

For EL7 (RHEL7 and CentOS7) users... note: EL7 builds will be ending soon, migrate to Fedora

# Initial install...
sudo yum install -y yum-plugin-copr
sudo yum copr enable taw/joplin
sudo yum install -y joplin
# Update/upgrade...
sudo yum update -y joplin

Once installed, find Joplin in your menus or normal application search. Enjoy!

  • Note: data is, by default, saved here: `~/.config/Joplin

What's in this repository?

This repository provides and maintains source packages that can be built to run on Fedora Linux 29+ and EL7 on x86_64. Binary (fully functional) application packages based on these source packages are available elsewhere (see below) and make Joplin relatively easy to install and maintain.

In order to use this application, you only need to download and install the joplin application. It will, by default, only store your notes and documents local. And unencrypted. It is highly recommended that (a) you secure your notes with encryption, and (b) configure the application to sync to the cloud (Dropbox, Nextcloud, the).

Why github for this sort of thing?

I build RPM packages for various projects. Constructing and maintaining source RPMs is very much like any other software or documentation effort. That effort for Joplin is maintained with source-control via github. Binaries are provided here. But you don't need to know a whole lot about Fedora's COPR build environment to install and user these RPMs. Just follow the "TL;DR" instructions below to install Joplin.

If you are technically able, you can build your own binary packages from the source RPMs provided in this github repository. Please note that all src.rpm files (found here) will be signed with my general-purpose GPG key found here:

Packages delivered via COPR are signed with a GPG key specific to that repository. COPR enablement as shown below (TL;DR) will install this key appropriately when necessary.

Comments? Suggestions?

Open an issue here, or send me a note via Keybase --

What about Turtl, that other notebook application?

I also build packages for Turtl. Another encrypted multi-device opensource notebook application. You can find more information about that here.

The two projects overlap in functionality, but Turtl is more geared for the Google Keep-like user experience whereas Joplin aims more at the Evernote use case. Joplin has more robust editing features, which make it more useful for lengthier documents, while Turtl's interface is optimized for shorter notes and a postit-note feel. Turtl has a more powerful security model and enables sharing of documents making it very collaborative.

Both are great projects. And yes, there are a lot of great markdown notebook-ish applications out there. But Turtl and Joplin are my two favorite projects in this application space.

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