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Original author(s)Aurélien Gâteau
Stable release
1.3.0 / October 4, 2020; 16 days ago (2020-10-04) /agateau/nanonote
Operating systemLinux, macOS and Windows
LicenseFree software, BSD-style license.

Nanonote is a really simple note-taking application for Linux written by Aurélien Gâteau using the Qt 5 framework. It is as basic as you get. There's a window you can type text into. That text is automatically saved to one file regularly. That's it, that's Nanonote.

There are packages available for Linux, Windows and macOS.

Features And Usability

You get a window you can type notes into. Notes typed into that window are automatically saved to $HOME/.local/share/ and this is the only file it will work with; you can't open or save files.

There is no toolbar, there is no menu and there is no much in terms of functionaility. Text can be made larger or smaller with ctrl++ and ctrl+- or ctrl+mousewheel. You can cut, copy and paste text (ctrl+x, (ctrl+c and ctrl+v) and undo and re-do ((ctrl+z and (⇧ Shift+ctrl+z). It's also possible to search for text in the notes with ctrl+f.

Selected lines can be moved up and down with alt+⇧ Shift+ and alt+⇧ Shift+.

Nanonote 1.3.

Right-clicking within the window brings up a context menu where you can do the same as you can do with the keyboard shortcuts.

And that's it, that's Nanonote.

Verdict And Conclusion

Nanonote is kind of similar to the KDE Plasma notes widget that lets you type sticky notes into a small text box on the desktop. The difference is that Nanonote has slightly more functionality and it runs in it's own window.

If you need something like Nanonote for short-lived notes then it's for you. If you want to take notes in a simple yet slightly more editor then you could just make a desktop shortcut to something like kwrite $HOME/.notes.txt instead.

Nanonote compiles into a binary that's about 260k and it's a very quick compile, so you can easily try it if you think it is something you'd like.


Nanonote does not have it's own homepage. You can acquire the git code or a release tarball from

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