tomboy-ng on Linux

Linux binaries are available from our Github release repository.

The source is available from our Githup sourse repo, - thats also where you might log bug reports and feature requests.

At this stage 32bit and 64bit Debs are available. Hopefully, if there is sufficent interest, RPMs will follow but in practice all you need is the binary. Its been tested on several Gnome (2 and 3) based distributions. The GTK2 libraries would need to be installed for eg KDE, untested, please share what you find!


The Debs are installed typically with a command like

  • dpkg -i tomboy-ng_0.1-0_amd64.deb

If you are relying on the binary, it should be downloaded to a suitable location, perhaps your own home directory or /home/$USER/bin if you have one. The download process strips the executable bit from the binary so you need to restore it from either your file manager or the command line

  • chmod u+x tomboy-ng

Running the Application

You may like to open the application by double clicking it after finding it in the file manager (/usr/bin/tomboy-ng) or, more formally from the command line, I like to use -

  • nohup ~/bin/tomboy-ng &

At present, indicating its Testing Status, tomboy-ng asks you where to find any existing note files. If you have tomboy notes, please make a copy of your notes directory (~/.local/share/tomboy/) and point tomboy-ng there. Alternatively, click "Use default Note Location". You could then copy any existing notes there or sync from a tomboy File Sync.

A StartUp Application

If you wish to to have tomboy-ng start up when you start a new session, it should be easy to add it to the StartUp Applications list, typically Control Panel - > Startup Applications and make a new entry. Tomboy-ng does not need any switches, it automatically puts its (Horrid Green) icon in the systems tray.

Apps/Tomboy/tomboy-ng/Linux (last edited 2017-12-03 05:02:50 by David Bannon)