Xpad – sticky note application for jotting down things to remember

Xpad is a sticky note application for jotting down things to remember.

It’s written using GTK+ 3.0 that strives to be simple, fault-tolerant, and customizable. Xpad consists of independent pad windows; each is basically a text box in which notes can be written. Despite being called Xpad, all that is needed to run or compile it is the GTK+ 3.0 libraries.

Xpad needs a GTK 3 icon theme. A commonly used theme is the gnome-icon-theme, but any will suffice.

This is free and open source software.

Features include:

  • Configure visual aspects like system text color, background color, font, height, width etc.
  • A customizable toolbar puts the most frequently used commands at your fingertips.
  • Autohide toolbar.
  • Show scrollbar.
  • Show notes on all workspaces.
  • Show window decorations
  • Option to start Xpad automatically after login.
  • Add multiple separators.
  • Undo/redo functionality.
  • Keyboard shortcuts.
  • Tray icon with configurable mouse click behavior.
  • Option to make pads read-only.
  • Fault tolerant. All information is kept on the hard drive, not memory. So if power is lost or your computer freezes, there is little lost information.
  • Internationalization support – with translations for Afrikaans, Bulgarian, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (traditional), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, French, German, Hungarian, Irish, Kinyarwanda, Latvian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, and Vietnamese.
  • Cross-platform support – runs under Linux and Mac OS X.

Support: FAQ
Developer: Xpad Administrators
License: GNU General Public License v3.0


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

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1 year ago

This one looks nice, though after setting ‘Left Click’ on tray icon, it still opens the full menu as does the context menu (RMB).