Tomboy – desktop note-taking software

Last Updated on July 13, 2021

Tomboy is a GNOME desktop note-taking application which is designed to be simple and easy to use, but at the same time help the user organize his or her ideas and information.

The key to Tomboy’s usefulness lies in the ability to relate notes and ideas together. Using a WikiWiki-like linking system, organizing ideas is as simple as typing a name.

New features can be added to Tomboy by using plugins. Official plugins include: Backlinks (see the notes link to the one you are currently viewing), Bugzilla (drag a Bugzilla URL from your web browser to a tomboy note), Evolution (drag an email from Evolution into a tomboy note), Export to HTML, Fixed Width, Note of the Day, and a Sticky Notes importer.

Tomboy is no longer developed.

Features include:

  • Accessing your notes is usually a quick mouse-flick away.
  • Highlighting text.
  • Inline spell checking using GtkSpell.
  • Auto-linking of web and email addresses.
  • Undo/redo.
  • Font styling and sizing.
  • Bulleted lists.
  • Plugin support.

Support: GitHub Code Repository, GitHub Code Repository for Next Generation Release
Developer: Alex Graveley, Boyd Timothy, Chris Scobell, David Trowbridge, Ryan Lortie, Sandy Armstrong, Sebastian Rittau, Kevin Kubasik, Stefan Schweizer
License: GNU Lesser General Public License Version 2.1


Tomboy is written in C#. Learn C# with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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