Micropad is a powerful note-taking program for Linux, Mac, and Windows. The developers of the program claim it allows users to “take notes without restrictions.” If you’re in the market for a new note app for Linux, follow along below and learn how to install MicroPad on Linux!
Installing Micropad on Ubuntu or Debian Linux requires downloading a standalone DEB package from the internet. To download the DEB package, open up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. Then, use the wget download command to grab it from the internet.
Note: if you are using Debian Linux, these installation instructions will work. Follow along below, and replace the apt command with apt-get. Instructions are also compatible with Linux Mint, Elementary, and other Ubuntu/Debian-based distributions.
After downloading the Micropad DEB package from the internet through the wget command, the installation can begin. Using the dpkg command, load up the package onto your system.
sudo dpkg -i micropad_3.21.2_amd64.deb
Following the installation, you may experience some errors in the terminal. These errors are dependency problems. To fix them, use the apt command below.
sudo apt install -f
If you still need help correcting dependency issues, check out our tutorial on how to correct dependency issues on Ubuntu and Debian Linux.
Once all of the dependency issues are taken care of, the Micropad application is ready to use!
Arch Linux instructions
Micropad is not in the Arch Linux official software sources. Instead, if you’re an Arch Linux fan, you will need to download the package through the AUR. To start the installation process, install the Base-devel and Git packages on your computer using the Pacman command.
sudo pacman -S base-devel git
Following the installation of the Base-devel and Git packages on the system, it is time to download the Micropad AUR package directly from the internet. Use the git clone command to download the files.
git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/micropad.git
After the Micropad AUR package is done downloading to your Linux PC, move the terminal window into the newly created “micropad” directory on your Arch Linux PC.
Inside of the “micropad” directory, it is time to build the program for installation on Arch Linux. Run the makepkg command to build the Micropad program on your system.
Keep in mind that this is an unofficial package, and you may run into issues using it. For help, head over to the official AUR page.
The Micropad application has an RPM package available for installation. So, those using Fedora Linux and OpenSUSE Linux should have no problem getting the app working.
To start the installation, you must download the Micropad RPM package. Open up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. Then, use the wget command to download the RPM package file from the developer’s website.
After downloading the RPM package, the setup for Micropad on Fedora and OpenSUSE Linux can begin. Follow the instructions below that match the distribution you use.
On Fedora Linux, RPM package files are installed onto the system via the Dnf package manager. Using the following command, get Micropad working.
sudo dnf install micropad-3.21.2.x86_64.rpm
On OpenSUSE Linux, RPM package files are installed on the system via the Zypper package manager. Using the command below, install Micropad on your OpenSUSE PC.
sudo zypper install micropad-3.21.2.x86_64.rpm
There is an AppImage version of Micropad available for Linux users. AppImage is perfect for those who do not use Arch Linux, Ubuntu, Fedora, or other mainstream Linux distributions that support RPM/DEB packages.
To get your hands on the AppImage release of Micropad for Linux, start by opening up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. Then, use the wget download command to get the AppImage file from the developer’s website.
After grabbing the AppImage file, use the mkdir command to create a new folder called “AppImages.”
mkdir -p ~/AppImages
Inside of the “AppImages” directory, move the Micropad AppImage file into the folder with the mv command.
mv micropad-3.21.2-x86_64.AppImage ~/AppImages
Once the Micropad AppImage file is in the directory, update the permissions of the file.
chmod a+x micropad-3.21.2-x86_64.AppImage
Finally, open Micropad with:
Micropad has a Snap release available. To get it installed, start by enabling the Snapd runtime on your Linux PC. Then, once the Snapd runtime is up and running, use the snap install command to get the latest version of Micropad on your Linux PC.
sudo snap install micropad