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Stable release
1.0.18 / 15 April 2020; 3 years ago (2020-04-15)
Written in
  • C++
  • Lua
Operating system
  • Linux
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Mac OS X
Available in35 languages
List of languages
af_ZA ar_SA ca_ES cs_CZ da_DK de_DE el_GR en_US es_ES eu_ES fi_FI fr_FR he_IL hi_IN hr_HR hu_HU it_IT ja_JP ko_KR nl_NL no_NO pl_PL pt_BR pt_PT ro_RO ru_RU sr_SP sv_SE tlh_AA tr_TR uk_UA vi_VN zh_CN zh_HK zh_TW
TypeNotetaking application
LicenseGPLv2 (free software)

Xournalpp (also known as Xournal++) is a free and open-source desktop note-taking software with PDF annotation support.[note 1] It's available for Linux, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X. Xournalpp is a C++ fork of Xournal and based on the GTK, Cairo and Poppler libraries.[note 2]


Xournalpp offers basic handwriting tools. Pen and Highlighter have changeable color, size and stroke type. Predefined shapes, text, formulas and images can be inserted into the document.

When annotating PDFs the annotations are not embedded into the PDF file but kept in a separate file. Xournalpp tries to keep compatibility with Xournal (.xoj) but uses its own file format (.xopp) to support the additional features.

  • Mouse, stylus and touchscreen input
  • Annotating PDFs
  • LaTeX support
  • Stroke Recognizer
  • Audio recording and playback
  • Customizable toolbar and page templates
  • Multiple paper style backgrounds
  • Lua Plugins
  • Multi Language Support

A review in the german Linux news magazine LinuxUser notes how these features make Xournalpp a good tool to use for recording lectures and talks.[1]


  1. "Xournal++". xournalpp.github.io.
  2. "Xournal". xournal.sourceforge.net.


  1. Langner, Christoph (May 2019). "Vorlesungen und Vorträge mit Xournal++ digital aufzeichnen" [Record lectures and talks digitally with Xournal++]. LinuxUser (in German). Retrieved 25 June 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)

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