Notetaking software designed around a tablet. A C++ rewrite of Xournal. Moved from Sourceforge. Check out the legacy branch if libpoppler<0.16 on your system. The development branch has the newest features.
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Fix preferences not saving to settings.xml file, both within the application and when restarting it
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Xournal++ is not Xournal! It is a ground-up rewrite of Xournal in a different language (C++ instead of C). The purpose was to create a more flexible application that significantly extends the functionality of Xournal.

At the moment, Xournal is very stable software while Xournal++ is not. If you want stability, you might be more interested in the original Xournal project, which you can find at sourceforge or, for some in-development features of Xournal, at

New features in Xournal++ include:

  • enhanced support for image insertion
  • better eraser
  • significantly reduced memory usage and code to detect memory leaks
  • LaTeX support (requires a working LaTeX install and -DENABLE_MATHTEX=ON flag when configuring)
  • advanced page sorting (a sidebar, page up/down, etc.)
  • bug reporting, autosave, and auto backup tools

Hopefully you'll enjoy it!


Aside from legacy releases, this is currently the way to install Xournal++. For complete building documentation refer to wiki page: Installation.

There will be some binaries appearing in the future, so ideally you can make use of those as well. They'll be at Xournal++ releases.

Install dependencies

For Fedora/CentOS/RHEL:

dnf groups install "C Development Tools and Libraries"
dnf install cmake libglade2-devel texlive-scheme-basic texlive-dvipng glibmm24-devel gtk2-devel gtk+-devel boost boost-devel poppler-glib-devel

For Ubuntu/Debian:

sudo apt-get install cmake libboost-all-dev libcppunit-dev dvipng texlive
liblcms2-dev libopenjpeg-dev libjpeg-dev fontconfig librsvg2-dev libglade2-dev
libpoppler-dev libpoppler-cpp-dev libpoppler-glib-dev libpoppler-private-dev

Basic steps are:

git clone
cd xournalpp
mkdir build
cd build
cmake ..

On Ubuntu 16.04, you may need to configure cmake with -DBUILD_POPPLER=ON due to #234.

If you'd like to enable mathtex support you should add -DENABLE_MATHTEX=ON to cmake command or use cmake-gui .. to see graphically all available options. However, this should already be enabled by default.

The binary executable will be in build/src/ subdirectory.

To install all needed files execute:

make install

If you want to install desktop file and thumbnailer execute:

make desktop-install


For now branches aren't organized too well, but (currently) the most of development happens in development.

See GitHub:xournalpp for current development. You can also join our Gitter channel via badge on top.