title: Tp-Note - Minimalist note taking: save and edit your clipboard content as a note file
Tp-Note is a note-taking-tool and a template system - freely available for Windows, MacOS and Linux - that consistently synchronizes the note’s meta-data with its filename. If you like to keep your notes next to your files and you care about expressive filenames, then Tp-Note might be the tool of your choice. Tp-Note collects various information about its environment and the clipboard and stores them in variables. New notes are created by filling these variables in predefined and customizable Tera-templates. TP-Note's default templates are written in Markdown and can be easily adapted to any other markup language if needed. After creating a new note, TP-Note launches the system file editor (or any other of your choice, e.g. MarkText or Typora) and connects the default web browser to Tp-Note's internal Markdown/RestructuredText renderer and web server.
Read more in Tp-Note’s user manual
Tp-Note's project page, which you are reading right now, lists where you can download Tp-Note and gives an overview of Tp-Note's resources and documentation.
The user manual showcases how to best use use Tp-Note and how to integrate it with you file manager.
The Unix man-page is Tp-Note's technical reference. Here you learn how to customize Tp-Note's templates and how to change its default settings.
Tp-Note's program code documentation targets mainly software developers. The advanced user may consult the Tp-Note's config module documentation which explains the default templates and setting. Many of them can be customized through Tp-Note's configuration file.
Tp-Note Microsoft Windows installer package
Installer package for Windows:
As this early version of the Windows installer is not signed yet, Windows will show the error message “Windows protected your PC”. As a work-around, when you click on the link “More info”, a ”Run anyway” button will appear allowing you to continue the installation process. In general, regardless of where a program comes from, I recommend checking every installable file with VirusTotal
Tp-Note Debian/Ubuntu installer package
Package compiled for Debian 10+ (Buster):
Various binaries for Windows, MacOS and Linux
Binaries for Ubuntu-Linux 18.04, Windows, MacOS:
Open the latest release.
Download the packed executable for your operating system.
Installation: see below.
Executable for Windows:
Universal Linux binary (compiled with Debian 10 Buster):
Installable Unix man-page:
Zipfile with all binaries and documentation:
Depending on the availability of installer packages for your operating system, the installation process is more or less automated. For Windows users the fully automated installation package tp-note-latest-x86_64.msi is available. For more information, please consult the Distribution section above and the Installation section in Tp-Note's manual.
While upgrading Tp-Note, new features may cause a change in Tp-Notes's configuration file structure. In order not to loose the changes you made in this file, the installer does not replace it automatically with a new version. Instead, Tp-Note renames the erroneous configuration file and prompts:
NOTE: configuration file version mismatch: --- Configuration file version: '1.7.2' Tp-Note version: '1.7.4' Minimum required configuration file version: '1.7.4' For now, Tp-Note backs up the existing configuration file and next time it starts, it will create a new one with default values. --- Additional technical details: * Command line parameters: tp-note * Configuration file path: /home/getreu/.config/tp-note/tp-note.toml
NOTE: unable to load, parse or write the configuration file --- Reason: Bad TOML data: missing field `extension_default` at line 1 column 1! Note: this error may occur after upgrading Tp-Note due to some incompatible configuration file changes. For now, Tp-Note backs up the existing configuration file and next time it starts, it will create a new one with default values. --- Additional technical details: * Command line parameters: tp-note * Configuration file path: /home/getreu/.config/tp-note/tp-note.toml
As the above error messages suggests, all you need to do is to restart Tp-Note in order to create a new updated configuration file.
If the above precompiled binaries do not suite you, you can compile Tp-Note yourself.
Install Rust, e.g.
curl https://sh.rustup.rs -sSf | sh
Download, compile and install Tp-Note:
Building for Linux
sudo apt-get install -y xorg-dev libxcb-xfixes0-dev libxcb-shape0-dev libgtk-3-dev cargo install tp-note sudo cp ~/.cargo/bin/tp-note /usr/local/bin
In case you experience compilation errors in dependent crates, replace
cargo install tp-notewith the following:
cargo install --locked tp-note
If - under Linux - you need to reduce the binary size and you can do without error message popup boxes (for example on a headless system), no GTK is required. In this case all error messages are dumped on the console from where you started Tp-Note into
cargo install --no-default-features --features read-clipboard,viewer,renderer tp-note sudo cp ~/.cargo/bin/tp-note /usr/local/bin
Linux console version without dependencies on GUI libraries
The full featured version of Tp-Note depends on GUI libraries like GTK that might not be installed on a headless system. Either download the Musl version x86_64-unknown-linux-musl/release/tp-note or compile Tp-Note without default features:
cargo install --no-default-features tp-note sudo cp ~/.cargo/bin/tp-note /usr/local/bin
Note, that even though this no-renderer version is deprived of it's markup renderer, limited rendered HTML export is still available (see command line option
--export). This way you can comfortably follow hyperlinks in your note files with any text based web browser, e.g.
Linux server version
The same as the above console version (without GUI libraries), but with additional Markdown, ReStructuredText etc. renderer compiled in.
cargo install --no-default-features --features renderer tp-note sudo cp ~/.cargo/bin/tp-note /usr/local/bin
Building for Windows
Build the full featured version with:
cargo install tp-note
When building for Windows, it does not make sense to exclude the
message-boxfeature, because - under Windows - it does not rely on the GTK library. Instead it uses direct Windows-API calls for popping up alert boxes. As these calls have no footprint in binary size or speed, always keep the
message-boxfeature compiled in.
See also the user manual for a more detailed installation description.
This project follows Semantic Versioning.
- Jens Getreu
- Apache 2 licence or MIT licence