Shout out - Translators Needed!
Recently we revisited the settings dialog to improve the feeling and usability. While doing that we also added better descriptions, for which we require new translations.
Partial translations, which need to be updated:
Full translations for all languages not mentioned previously except:
If you would like to help us improve the localization of Xournal++ take a look at our Crowdin project. If you are interested in translating a new language, contact us on Gitter or create a new issue and we will unlock the language on Crowdin.
Thanks in advance!
Xournal++ is a hand note taking software written in C++ with the target of flexibility, functionality and speed. Stroke recognizer and other parts are based on Xournal Code, which you can find at sourceforge
Since mid 2020, there is a Flutter-written mobile app for Android, Chrome OS and iOS (in coming) as well as a web app available. Even though it is not perfectly stable nor every of Xournal++'s features is supported yet, you may check it out and open your Xournal++ notebooks on your mobile devices. You can get in touch in it's separate repository on GitLab.
The web app is available at xournal.online.
Why is the iOS app not published yet?
According to the Apple App Store guidelines, it is prohibited to publish unstable or beta apps. Hence we wait until Xournal++ Mobile works more stable and offers more complete feature compatibility to Xournal++.
macOS High Sierra
Toolbar / Page Background / Layer
Layer sidebar and advance Layer selection.
Multiple predefined and fully customizable Toolbar.
Sometimes a feature is added that might not be rock solid, or the developers aren't sure it is useful. Try these out and give us some feedback.
Here are a few under development that you can play with now.
Assign a mouse button or stylus button to bring up a toolbox of toolbars right under the cursor. You can also modify what is in the toolbox through the usual View->Toolbars->Customize although it won't appear unless you've assigned a button in preferences: mouse or stylus ( or selected a toolbar configuration that uses it).
Keep your eyes out for other experimental features in preferences as seen here:
DrawingTools: When drawing a box, circle etc simulate ctrl or shift modifiers by the initial direction you move the mouse.
Action on Tool Tap: Allow a brief tap on the screen to bring up the floating toolbox and/or select an object. May work with pen and highlighter only.
The official releases of Xournal++ can be found on the Releases page. We provide binaries for Debian (Buster), Ubuntu (16.04), MacOS (10.13 and newer), and Windows. For other Linux distributions (or older/newer ones), we also provide an AppImage that is binary compatible with any distribution released around or after Ubuntu 16.04. For installing Xournal++ Mobile on handheld devices, please check out Xournal++ Mobile's instructions
A note for Ubuntu/Debian users: The official binaries that we provide are
only compatible with the specific version of Debian or Ubuntu indicated by the
file name. For example, if you are on Ubuntu 20.04, the binary whose name
Ubuntu-bionic is only compatible with Ubuntu 18.04. If your system
is not one of the specific Debian or Ubuntu versions that are supported by the
official binaries, we recommend you use either the PPA (Ubuntu only), the Flatpak, or the
There is also an unstable, automated nightly release that includes the very latest features and bug fixes.
With the help of the community, Xournal++ is also available on official repositories of some popular Linux distros and platforms.
The latest stable version is available via the following unofficial PPA:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:apandada1/xournalpp-stable sudo apt update sudo apt install xournalpp
An unstable, nightly release is available for Ubuntu-based distributions via the following PPA:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:andreasbutti/xournalpp-master sudo apt update sudo apt install xournalpp
This PPA is provided by the Xournal++ team. While it has the latest features and bug fixes, it has also not been tested thoroughly and may break periodically (we try our best not to break things, though).
sudo dnf install xournalpp
pkcon install xournalpp
The bleeding edge packages synced to xournalpp git master on a daily basis are available from COPR luya/xournalpp.
On openSUSE Tumbleweed, the released version of Xournal++ is available from the main repository:
sudo zypper in xournalpp
For openSUSE Leap 15.0 and earlier, use the install link from X11:Utilities.
For all versions of openSUSE, bleeding edge packages synced to xournalpp git master on a weekly basis are available from home:badshah400:Staging.
The latest stable release is available in the [community] repository.
To build the latest state of the master branch yourself, use this AUR package.
The latest stable release is available in the main repository:
sudo eopkg it xournalpp
The Xournal++ team officially supports a FlatHub release, which can be installed with
flatpak install flathub com.github.xournalpp.xournalpp
Note that for Xournal++ to work properly, you must have at least one GTK theme and one icon theme installed on Flatpak. To enable LaTeX support, you will also need to install the TeX Live extension:
flatpak install flathub org.freedesktop.Sdk.Extension.texlive
The Flatpak manifest can be found at the Xournal++ Flatpak packaging repository, and all Flatpak-related packaging issues should be reported there.
Official Windows releases are provided on the Releases page.
Mac OS X releases are provided on the Releases page.
The file format _.xopp is an XML which is .gz compressed. PDFs are not embedded into the file, so if the PDF is deleted, the background is lost. _.xopp is basically the same file format as _.xoj, which is used by Xournal. Therefor Xournal++ reads _.xoj files, and can also export _.xoj. On exporting to _.xoj all Xournal++ specific Extension are lost, like additional Background types.
*.xopp can theoretically be read by Xournal, as long as you do not use any new feature, Xournal does not open files at all if there are new attributes or unknown values, because of this Xournal++ will add the extension .xopp to all saved files.
All new files will be saved as _.xopp, if an _.xoj file is opened which was created by Xournal, the Save-As dialog will be displayed on save. If the *.xoj file was by Xournal++ created, Xournal++ overwrite the file on save, and does not change the extension.
We are currently introducing a new file format that can efficiently store attached PDF files and other attachments internally. We will still allow for attachments that are linked to external files. Please refer to #937 for further details.
For developing new features, write a Ticket, so others know what you are doing. For development create a fork, and use the master as base. Create a Pull request for each fix. Do not create big pull requests, as long as you don't break anything features also can be merged, even if they are not 100% finished.
See GitHub:xournalpp for current development. You can also join our Gitter channel via the badge on top.
Also take a look at our Coding Conventions
The code documentation is generated using Doxygen.
In order to generate the documentation yourself, first install Doxygen and graphviz, i.e.
sudo apt install doxygen sudo apt install graphviz
on Debian or Ubuntu. Finally, type in
doxygen in the root directory of the repository.
The documentation can be found in
doc/latex. Conveniently display the
python3 -m http.server 8000 and visit the shown URL to view the