How to Install Joplin Note-Taking App on Manjaro 21 Linux

Joplin is a free, open-source note-taking application that can be used on any computer, tablet, or smartphone. It’s been designed with both professionals in mind and consumers looking for an easy way to capture ideas anytime, anywhere, without worrying about running out of space again. The product has many features similar to those found within Evernote. Still, it offers more flexibility when editing notes and adding attachments. Joplin also allows users to sync their notes across their devices using WebDAV, Dropbox, Nextcloud, or OneDrive. This makes it easy to access notes no matter where you are or on your device.

Overall, Joplin is a great solution for anyone who wants an easy way to take notes and keep them organized. For more information on the pervasive list of features Joplin offers, visit the official GitHub project page to learn more before installing.

The following tutorial will teach you how to install Joplin on Manjaro 21 Linux. The tutorial will use the command line terminal with yay AUR helper. Ideally, most users may be using some wrapper for Pacman; for new users, it is essential to install one to keep your packages up-to-date while you learn Arch/Manjaro.

Update Manjaro Linux

First, before you begin, make sure your system is up-to-date to avoid any issues.

sudo pacman -Syu

Install yay Helper

To begin the installation, you must have GIT installed to import the yay repository to install/build. From your command terminal, use the following code to begin the installation.

sudo pacman -S --needed --noconfirm base-devel git

Now clone the yay archive using the following terminal command.

git clone

Next, move the archive to the /OPT/ directory. This is a good location for any other archive installs, keep everything located, and traditionally the directory is a commonly used area for different applications.

sudo mv yay-git /opt/

Now navigate to the yay-git directory location.

cd /opt/yay-git

Build the package using the makepkg command.

makepkg -si

Install Joplin Note-Taking App

Now that you have installed the yay package management helper, you can install the software using the following command.

yay -S joplin-appimage --noconfirm

Remove –noconfirm to manually go through the installation questions instead of selecting the default answers.

Currently, various versions exist but are not maintained except for the one listed above that tracks and updates stable releases only, which for nearly all users is the preferred version.

How to Launch Joplin Note-Taking App

Joplin can be launched by opening the application using the following path.

Taskbar > Office > Joplin.


Once opened, an example of the default landing screen.

Congratulations, you have installed the latest version of Joplin on your system.

How to Update/Upgrade Joplin Note-Taking App

The best way to upgrade the software is to use the following terminal command.

yay -Syu --devel --timeupdate

Note it is advised to run terminal commands now and then even if you have set up AUR auto-updates using the automatic GUI updater; this ensures you are not missing anything.

How to Remove (Uninstall) Joplin Note-Taking App

When you no longer want the software installed on your system, use the following command to remove it.

yay -Rns joplin-appimage  --noconfirm

Optionally, you can run the following command to clean up any leftover unused dependencies, and this is highly recommended to run so your system does not become bloated.

yay -Yc

Comments and Conclusion

If you are looking for an easy-to-use, cross-platform note-taking application with many features, Joplin is worth checking out. It may not have all the bells and whistles as Evernote, but it does provide more flexibility in terms of what you can do with your notes. And best of all, it’s free!

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