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How to install Evernote on Linux

Evernote is one of the most popular note-taking applications ever. The service has millions of users, and it grows every day and is constantly adding in new features to get excited about. Sadly, for as good as the service is, there is no support for Linux users. So, if you use Evernote on Linux, you’ll need to use via an unofficial client.

Introducing the Whatever Evernote client. It’s an Electron-based program that bundles up the Evernote web interface into a slick, easy to use native Linux application. Here’s how to get it working on your system.

Ubuntu instructions

Installing the Whatever Evernote client on Ubuntu Linux is done via a downloadable DEB package, as Whatever isn’t officially carried by Ubuntu in their software sources. Additionally, the developer hasn’t provided a PPA to give users an easy way to install through the Apt package manager.

To get your hands on the Whatever DEB package, you’ll need to head over to the project’s Source Forge page. Once on the page, click on either “Whatever_1.0.0_amd64.deb,” or “Whatever_1.0.0_i386.deb” to download the 64-bit or 32-bit release for Ubuntu. Alternatively, open up a terminal window and use the wget command to download them directly.

wget https://sourceforge.net/projects/whatever-evernote-client/files/v1.0.0/Whatever_1.0.0_amd64.deb/download -O Whatever_1.0.0_amd64.deb

Or, for 32-bit, do:

wget https://sourceforge.net/projects/whatever-evernote-client/files/v1.0.0/Whatever_1.0.0_i386.deb/download -O Whatever_1.0.0_i386.deb

When the DEB package is done downloading to your Ubuntu Linux PC, use the dpkg command to install it to the system.

sudo dpkg -i Whatever_*.deb

Finally, finish up the installation by correcting any dependency issues that may have arisen during the installation.

sudo apt install -f

If you are having issues with dependencies and the above command doesn’t solve the issue, there are other ways to fix it. For more information, read this guide.

Debian instructions

There are DEB packages available for the Whatever Evernote client. So, if you’re a Debian user, you’ll be able to enjoy a first-class Evernote experience.

To get your hands on the latest Whatever DEB package, head over to the developer’s Source Forge page. Then, download either “Whatever_1.0.0_amd64.deb,” or “Whatever_1.0.0_i386.deb”. Or, open up a terminal window and use the wget commands below to grab them directly from the internet.

wget https://sourceforge.net/projects/whatever-evernote-client/files/v1.0.0/Whatever_1.0.0_amd64.deb/download -O Whatever_1.0.0_amd64.deb

Or, for 32-bit, do:

wget https://sourceforge.net/projects/whatever-evernote-client/files/v1.0.0/Whatever_1.0.0_i386.deb/download -O Whatever_1.0.0_i386.deb

After downloading the Whatever DEB package to your Debian Linux PC, use the dpkg command to install the program.

sudo dpkg -i Whatever_*.deb

Following the installation of the Whatever DEB package, you may see some dependency errors. No worries, these are easily fixed by using the apt-get install -f command.

sudo apt-get install -f

Are you still having dependency issues on your Debian Linux PC? If so, head over to our in-depth guide all about how to correct dependency issues on Debian.

Arch Linux instructions

The developer of the Whatever Evernote application supports quite a few Linux distributions by offering up RPM packages, DEB packages, and generic TarGZ archives. However, there’s no official support for Arch Linux with this app. Not to worry, the Arch Linux AUR is on the case! As it turns out, there’s a downloadable package build of the app that can be installed!

To start the installation of the Whatever Evernote app on Arch Linux via the AUR, you must first install two packages. These packages are “git” and “base-devel,” and without them, building programs from the Arch Linux AUR isn’t possible. Using the Pacman command below, install “git” and “base-devel.”

sudo pacman -S git base-devel

Following the installation of “git” and “base-devel,” use the git clone command to download the latest AUR package for the Whatever Evernote client from the internet.

git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/whatever.git

Move the terminal window from the home directory (~) to the newly created “whatever” directory with the CD command.

cd whatever

Using the makepkg command, compile Whatever on your Arch Linux PC. Keep in mind that this AUR package is unofficial, and could run into problems. Be sure to check the comment section if you need support using the package.

makepkg -sri

Fedora instructions

Whatever has direct support for the Fedora Linux operating system, as the developers have RPM package files available for download. If you’re a Fedora Linux user and want to use this app on your system, go to the Whatever SourceForge page and download either “Whatever-1.0.0.rpm” or “Whatever-1.0.0-ia32.rpm”. Or, use the wget commands below to download directly through the terminal.

wget https://sourceforge.net/projects/whatever-evernote-client/files/v1.0.0/Whatever-1.0.0.rpm/download -O Whatever-1.0.0.rpm

Or, for 32-bit:

wget https://sourceforge.net/projects/whatever-evernote-client/files/v1.0.0/Whatever-1.0.0-ia32.rpm/download -O Whatever-1.0.0-ia32.rpm

When the RPM file is done downloading, you’ll be able to install the app on Fedora Linux straight away with the Dnf command.

sudo dnf install Whatever-*.rpm

OpenSUSE instructions

As the Whatever Evernote client supports Fedora Linux via RPM package files, it’s natural that they’d also work with OpenSUSE Linux as well. To start the installation on OpenSUSE Linux, go to the Whatever Evernote SourceForge page, and download “Whatever-1.0.0.rpm” or “Whatever-1.0.0-ia32.rpm” You’ll also be able to download the RPM files with the wget commands below.

wget https://sourceforge.net/projects/whatever-evernote-client/files/v1.0.0/Whatever-1.0.0.rpm/download -O Whatever-1.0.0.rpm

For 32-bit:

wget https://sourceforge.net/projects/whatever-evernote-client/files/v1.0.0/Whatever-1.0.0-ia32.rpm/download -O Whatever-1.0.0-ia32.rpm

As soon as the Whatever Evernote RPM package is downloaded to your PC, installation can begin using the Zypper command below.

sudo zypper install Whatever-*.rpm

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