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title: "Tp-Note - Minimalistic note taking: save and edit your clipboard content as a note file" author: Jens Getreu filename_sync: false
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.
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
Package compiled for Debian 10+ (Buster):
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):
An official package is available on NetBSD and other "pkgsrc" supported platforms.
To install Tp-Note on NetBSD, simply use the native package manager:
pkgin install tp-note
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 tpnote-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 old configuration file and prompts:
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. Tp-Note backs up the existing configuration file and creates a new one with default values.
The configuration file backup is stored in the same directory as the newly created configuration file (cf. Customization section of Tp-Note's man-page).
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/tpnote /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/tpnote /usr/local/bin
Recommended Linux console and server version
The full-featured version of Tp-Note depends on GUI libraries like GTK that might not be installable on a headless system. Either download the Musl version x86_64-unknown-linux-musl/release/tpnote or compile Tp-Note without default features:
cargo install --no-default-features --features renderer tp-note sudo cp ~/.cargo/bin/tpnote /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