Excellent Utilities: Sticky – note-taking app

In Operation

Let’s take a look at some of the features that Sticky offers. For each sticky note, there are basic text formatting options available. We’ve highlighted a few of these formatting options, together with the manager, in the image below. The tool manager helps you organize notes into groups.


The top bar lets you change the sticky’s colour (choose from blue, green, magenta, orange, purple, red, teal, and yellow). You can also apply the formatting options, create a new sticky note, and delete the note.

There’s automatic spell checking included.

Other features include:

  • Import JSON / Export JSON. JSON is an open standard file format and data interchange format that uses human-readable text to store and transmit data objects consisting of attribute–value pairs and arrays.
  • Backup and restore notes. A backup is a single JSON file. This functionality is simply to let users roll back changes to their notes. The number in the filename of backup files is a UNIX timestamp. Use the date -d command to convert this timestamp into a human-readable date.
  • Create new groups
  • Customizable. Preference include:
    • General – show notes on all desktops, show in taskbar, tray icon, and show the main window automatically.
    • Notes – change the default height, width, colour, font, and the option to turn off spell checking.
    • Backups – automatic backups, set the time between backups, and define the number of backups to keep.
    • Automatic start – there’s the option to start Sticky automatically, and whether or not to show notes on the screen.
  • Keyboard shortcuts.


Sticky is a very simple utility that has a good range of features. We’re using Sticky every day, it’s that useful.

We’d love to see the software let us synchronize notes created with different tools, as well as the ability to retain formatting when copying and pasting.

Backups are stored in ~/.config/sticky. It’s an egregious decision to store backups in the .config directory.

Website: github.com/linuxmint/sticky
Developer: Stephen Collins
License: GNU General Public License v3.0

Sticky is written in Python. Learn Python with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Introduction / Installation
Page 2 – In Operation / Summary

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