Simplenote for Windows and Linux

Screenshot 2016-03-23 14.31.30Today we welcome two new apps into the Simplenote family. Simplenote first started on iOS and has expanded to include Android, Mac OS X, and now Windows and Linux. Visit our downloads page and try them out. Just like all Simplenote apps, they are completely free.


We’ve included all the features you’ve come to rely on. If we missed something, let us know.

  • History: drag the History slider to view previous versions.
  • Collaboration: share your note with others and allow them to edit.
  • Publishing: make your note public with its own URL.
  • Tags: organize your notes effectively with tags.
  • Pinning: pin notes right from the note list so they’re easy to find.


Simplenote for Windows and Linux supports Markdown. To get started with text formatting, check out the basics.

Enable Markdown

First, enable it globally by going to the toolbar menu and selecting PreferencesWritingEnable Markdown. Next, enable it on your note by selecting the Info panel icon and toggle the Markdown setting. Now, you’re ready to edit and preview Markdown!

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Open Source

For the first time in Simplenote’s history, we’re open sourcing the Windows and Linux apps on GitHub! You can peek at the code, or if you’re a developer, you can contribute to the project. The app is built with React and runs on Electron.

If you run into any issues with Simplenote for Windows or Linux, please contact us.

Download Simplenote for Windows or Linux.

Published by davewhitley

Designer at Automattic

37 thoughts on “Simplenote for Windows and Linux

  1. Thanks for making a windows app! I’ve been using Resophnotes for many years, and while it is not frequently updated and is quite ugly in comparison, it does have a few fine points I’d love to see in the official version.

    1) Please allow us to resize the divider between the list on the left and notes on the right. It’s a terrible waste of space. This REALLY bugs me and I don’t see myself switching until this feature is added.

    2) In a similar vein, please offer a “super condensed” view that shrinks all the spaces between each entry in the notes list on the left.

    3) There’s also a huge whitespace margin inside the notes themselves, on the left side. Wasted space there too. I know you want to make the app elegant and beautiful, but many of us SERIOUSLY use and rely on simplenotes for every second of our daily lives, function trumps beauty here. Appreciate an option to shrink all that stuff down.

    4) Resophnotes allows all notes to be backed-up to text files on a locally attached disk. I back mine up to Dropbox. Not sure this is something you want for Simplenote, but I do like this option.

    5) Resophnotes consumes 15MB of RAM on my system. The new react simplenote client consumes 73MB. That seems like a lot for a program that only handles text notes– Evernote only uses 43MB, and it does _everything_!

  2. @Dave, I mean, is there a way to insert notes using a browser bookmarklet? So I don’t have to open the simplenote website if I wish to insert something.

  3. I just installed it – looks good! I’d like to be able to set it to start on Windows startup (start minimized though), and also be able to minimize it to the system tray.

  4. Finally! I was waiting for it!
    By the way, I have a question: can it be added an ability to open a note in the full screen/hide the rigth panel? It would make writing more comfortable, less distracting and all.

  5. Just installed this today on linux mint after hearing about it from omg!ubuntu.
    Also have it installed on my android phone.
    I love it.
    Thank you(s) for creating and sharing.
    Good luck in the future.

  6. @Dave: Wonderful! I won’t have to make notes public and put self-referencing links in them to view them formatted. 🙂

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