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Installing Evernote in Linux Using Wine (May 2017)

By Macleod Sawyer - Monday, May 1, 2017

I use Evernote a lot. It keeps all my thoughts, log journals, experiments, tests, code pieces (bash aliases, etc), personal simulation philisophy, thought pieces, articles, and more.

I also love to use Linux (Currently switching between Fedora & Ubuntu Budgie, although using the Gnome desktop enviroment).

Sadly, evernote does not have a native linux application (doesn’t everyone just use nodejs and electron.js for desktop applications now?). In the past this has eventually led me to go back to Windows. But I have figured out a way, thanks to WineHQ, to get the latest Evernote version 6.4.2 to work on linux. It has some grapical issues, but mainly just text aliasing.

Here’s how to do it: with wine and winetricks (for GUI haters:

Install winetricks with your package manager if it’s not already installed. Run the following commands in a terminal:

  1. export WINEARCH=win64
  2. winetricks -q ie8
  3. wine “evernote_installer_path
  4. Follow the installer’s instructions
  5. The evernote executable is now located at “wineprefix_path/drive_c/Program Files/Evernote/Evernote/Evernote.exe”

Here is how to make Evernote work with q4wine, a gui for wine.

Make sure you have winetricks and q4wine installed (look for them in your package manager). Make sure that your terminal is properly configured in q4wine:

  1. Opens the options menu: File > Options
  2. Select “General” and opens the “Utils” tab
  3. Enter the path of your terminal, for instance “/usr/bin/gnome-terminal” if you use gnome.
  4. Enter “-e” as an argument (without the quotes, as always), so that q4wine can execute command just after opening a terminal.
  5. Download evernote for windows, from the evernote website.

Installation steps:

  1. In the terminal window, type “winetricks -q ie8” (without the quotes) and press Enter. Wait for the ie8 installation to finish.
  2. Run the Evernote installer.

You now have Evernote working (nearly perfectly).

WebClipper also works which was a massive surprise. Applicator and all.

About the author

Macleod Sawyer is the twenty-year-old founder and CEO of Sawyer Innovations [Si], and their new product OpenLeaf - A self-watering automated plant growth system.

Previously, he was the CEO/Founder of Activity+ (acq. '14) & IdeaDrops/Goodplatform (acq. '17).

Learn more: here

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