How to install Xournal++ on Ubuntu – Handwriting Notetaking

Xournal++ is a free open source handwriting note taking application for Linux, MacOS and Windows. It comes with PDF annotation and pen input from devices such as Wacom Tablets support. It is written in C++ with GTK3 and released under GNU General Public License v2.0. It also comes with Fill shape, Shape drawing, Shape resizing and rotation and Rect snapping to grid tools. It supports Plugins, audio recording and playback, Page Template, LaTeX, mage insertion, Page Preview and PDF. PNG Export option.

Install Xournal++ on Ubuntu:

It is available as a deb, snap, flatpak and PPA for Ubuntu. You can install the Xournal++ Handwriting Notetaking app on Ubuntu via the below four methods.

Install Xournal++ via PPA:

Open your terminal app (Ctrl+Alt+T) and type the below command and hit the enter key.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:andreasbutti/xournalpp-master

Enter your Ubuntu password if needed and press the enter key. Then Hit the ENTER key on keyboard to add this PPA on your system. Then run the below command.

sudo apt-get update

After that finally run this command to install Xournal++ on your ubuntu system.

sudo apt install xournalpp

Install Xournal++ via Snap:

If you want to install Xournal++ via Snap, then open your terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) window and type the below snap command to install the Xournal++ on your ubuntu system.

sudo snap install xournalpp

Then if needed type your Ubuntu user Password.

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Install Xournal++ via Flatpak:

You can also install Xournal++ on Ubuntu via flatpak. For that first follow the below link to install the flatpak on Ubuntu. you need to install and setup flatpak on your your Ubuntu system to install and use flatpak apps.

How to install flatpak on ubuntu:

After the installation of flatpak in you Ubuntu, Open your terminal app (Ctrl+Atl+T) and run the below command

flatpak install flathub com.github.xournalpp.xournalpp

During the installation press y and enter when it asked to confirm the installation. It will install the latest version Xournal++. you can run Xournal++ flatpak by running the below command.

flatpak run com.github.xournalpp.xournalpp

Install Xournal++ via deb package file:

Download the latest version of Xournal++ .deb file for Ubuntu from the below download link.

Download Xournal++

Here Downloads is my default download folder and xournalpp-1.0.15-Ubuntu-xenial-x86_64.deb is the downloaded file name.

Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) run the below command.

cd Downloads


sudo dpkg -i xournalpp-1.0.15-Ubuntu-xenial-x86_64.deb

You can change based on your downloaded location and file name.

Then run

sudo apt-get install -f

That’s all. click the show applications in the Ubuntu Gnome dock and type Xournal++ in the search box and click Xournal++ to open Xournal++ Handwriting Notetaking software.

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