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Whatever is an Evernote Alternative for Linux and Ubuntu

Evernote, like many other popular software companies, has mostly ignored Linux. But the open-source community always has something up their sleeve. Officially, the Evernote app is available only for Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android. There’s also a web version that can be accessed using a browser, regardless of the operating system. However, a native app has a few advantages over a web app such as convenience. Whatever is an unofficial Evernote client for Linux and Ubuntu.

Taking notes, organizing your ideas and managing day-to-day tasks has never been easier. Today you have many cross-platform apps with official clients even for Linux. But Evernote is where it all started. Now, Evernote was not really the first note-taking app ever made. But neither was the iPhone really the first smartphone nor really Superman the first superhero. But the iPhone kickstarted something, so did Superman and so did Evernote. Quickly, big names like Google and Microsoft jumped in with their own take on note-taking apps.

So if you’re a long-time Evernote user and you really need an Evernote Linux app, you can try Whatever. Again, this isn’t the first unofficial Evernote Linux app but it’s the one we’re discussing today.

Whatever – Lightweight Evernote Linux App

As already mentioned, Whatever is a lightweight Evernote app for Linux. This electron app provides almost every single Evernote feature there is, natively, for your Linux desktop. The app, like many other electron apps, essentially loads up the web version of Evernote. But it enhances the ability of features by providing extensive desktop integration via the electron framework.

Whatever - Lightweight Evernote Linux App


Whatever does almost everything you’d expect out of an Evernote app. Here are some of the notable features.

  • To-do-lists – This is useful when you have a list of tasks you wish to accomplish in a given time.
  • Smart note-taking
  • Note sharing – When you are working with a colleague or friends, you can share your note with them. The app proves to be a reliable collaboration tool.
  • Cross-device synchronization – You can synchronize two devices running the desktop client so that you can share notes.
  • Search functionality – This feature comes in two ways the Universal search and unity search. It is reliable when you have a lot of notes, and you want a specific note.
  • Media file support – This includes audio, video, pdf, images, etc.


Unofficial Evernote Linux Client – Whatever

Install Whatever – Evernote App For Ubuntu Linux

Whatever is available free of cost as a .deb package as well as a .tar.gz package. You can use the .deb package to install the Evernote app on Ubuntu or any other Debian based distro. The .deb file of the unofficial Evernote app can be installed on Ubuntu via one of the following two ways.

Ubuntu Software Center

  1. Navigate to the downloaded .deb file using the file explorer.
  2. Right-click on it and select Open With Software install.
  3. Ubuntu Software Center will now open up listing the app to be installed.
  4. Click on Install and enter your password when asked.

Once the installation is complete, you will find the app in your apps menu.

Install Whatever


Even if you choose to use the terminal, you have a couple of choices. You can either use dkg or Gdebi. Neither of them provides any real advantages over the other in this scenario. But dpkg is available right out of the box on Ubuntu. Gdebi is something you will most probably have to install.


  • Navigate to the folder where the .deb package is downloaded.
  • Right-click on an empty space in the file explorer.
  • Select Open in Terminal.
  • Enter the following commands.
    sudo dpkg -i /path/to/deb/file

    e.g sudo dpkg -i /Downloads/whatever.deb

    sudo apt-get install -f


  • Navigate to the folder where the .deb package is downloaded.
  • Right-click on an empty space in the file explorer.
  • Select Open in Terminal.
  • First of all, you’ll need to install Gdebi if you haven’t already. You can do that by using the following command.
    sudo apt install gdebi
  • Now install the .deb package.
    sudo gdebi install /path/to/deb/file

    e.g sudo gdebi install /downloads/whatever.deb

If the installation is successful without any errors, you should see Whatever in your apps menu regardless of the method you chose.

That’s all for now. If you also want to know how you can install Dolphin File Manager and use it on Ubuntu, read my step-by-step guide in the topic.

2 thoughts on “Whatever is an Evernote Alternative for Linux and Ubuntu”

    1. I just found this article in early 2021 and I also been using Joplin (+SyncThing+Joplin Android app+Joplin firefox addon) to keep my notes and webclippings in sync across devices. Is really working well for me thus far. 🙂

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