Refined Evernote desktop app

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Refined Evernote desktop app


Tusk is an unofficial, featureful, open source, community-driven, free Evernote app used by people in more than 140 countries.

Tusk is indicated by Evernote as an alternative client for Linux environments trusted by the open source community.

You can now support the development process through GitHub Sponsors.

Come over to Gitter or Twitter to share your thoughts on the project.

Visit the contributing guidelines to learn more on how to translate this document into more languages.

You can find more apps here.


  • Black, Dark & Sepia Themes
  • Focus, Compact & Auto-Night Modes
  • Local & Global Customizable Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Export Notes as PDF, HTML & Markdown Files
  • Note Navigation
  • Yinxiang Support
  • Cross Platform
  • Scalable Interface
  • Update Notifications
  • Drag and Drop Files


  • Description
  • Highlights
  • Install
  • Features
  • Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Development
  • Related Apps
  • Team
  • Disclaimer
  • License

Install Github Releases

Head to the releases page and download the appropriate installer for your system.


Ubuntu Linux users can directly install through Snapcraft snap install tusk


Macos users can directly install through Homebrew Cask brew cask install tusk


The version available on Homebrew Cask may not be the latest, since unlike Snapcraft, it is not offically maintained. If that is the case, please consider downloading directly from the Github releases page.


Visit the project homepage to view all features in detail.

  • Auto Night Mode - Press Cmd/Ctrl Alt N to allow Tusk to adjust to your environment.
  • Black Theme - Activate it by pressing Cmd/Ctrl Alt E.
  • Compact Mode - Downsize the window to enter the mode.
  • Custom Shortcut Keys - Navigate to ~/.tusk.json or press Cmd/Ctrl . to modify any shortcut key. To reset delete ~/.tusk.json & restart the app.
  • Dark Theme - Activate it by pressing Cmd/Ctrl D.
  • Drag & Drop Files - Attach files by dragging them to the app window.
  • Export Notes as Markdown - Press Cmd/Ctrl O to save your notes as Markdown files.
  • Export Notes as HTML - Press Cmd/Ctrl Shift H to save your notes as HTML files.
  • Export Notes as PDF - Press Cmd/Ctrl Shift E to save your notes as PDF files.
  • Focus Mode - Activate it by pressing Cmd/Ctrl K.
  • Global Shortcut Keys - Enable them by using the File > Enable Global Shortcut Keys option.
  • Note Navigation - Navigate your notes by pressing Cmd/Ctrl Tab / Cmd/Ctrl Shift Tab or jump directly to one by using Cmd/Ctrl 1 - 9.
  • Note Printing - Press Cmd/Ctrl Alt P to print your notes.
  • Scalable Interface - Adjust the zooming factor by pressing Cmd/Ctrl Shift = or Cmd/Ctrl -.
  • Sepia Theme - Activate it by pressing Cmd/Ctrl G.
  • Update Notifications - Customize the apps update checking frequency.
  • Yinxiang Support - Login to Yinxiang by using the File > Switch to Yinxiang option.

Keyboard Shortcuts Local Shortcut Keys

70+ local keyboard shortcuts. Toggle anything in a flash.

View all the available local keyboard shortcuts.

Description Keys

Activate Auto Night Mode

Cmd/Ctrl Alt N

Add Link

Cmd/Ctrl Shift K

Add Shortcut

Cmd/Ctrl Alt S

Align Center

Cmd/Ctrl Alt M

Align Left

Cmd/Ctrl Alt L

Align Right

Cmd/Ctrl Alt R

Attach File

Cmd/Ctrl Shift F

Bold Text

Cmd/Ctrl B

Bulleted List

Cmd/Ctrl Shift .

Change Font Size

Cmd/Ctrl Alt 1 - 6

Code Block

Cmd/Ctrl Shift L

Decrease Indentation

Cmd/Ctrl Shift M

Delete Note Delete

Edit Shortcut Keys

Cmd/Ctrl .

Export Note as HTML

Cmd/Ctrl Shift H

Export Note as Markdown

Cmd/Ctrl O

Export Note as PDF

Cmd/Ctrl Shift E

Increase Indentation

Cmd/Ctrl Alt K

Insert Date Stamp

Cmd/Ctrl Shift ;

Insert Date-Time Stamp

Cmd/Ctrl ;

Insert from Drive

Cmd/Ctrl Shift D

Insert Horizontal Rule

Cmd/Ctrl Shift -

Italic Text

Cmd/Ctrl I

Jump to Note

Cmd/Ctrl 1 - 9

Make Text Larger

Cmd/Ctrl Shift =

Make Text Smaller

Cmd/Ctrl -

Navigate to Next Note

Cmd/Ctrl Tab

Navigate to Previews Note

Cmd/Ctrl Shift Tab

New Note

Cmd/Ctrl N

New Notebook

Cmd/Ctrl Shift N

New Tag

Cmd/Ctrl Shift T

Numbered List

Cmd/Ctrl Shift O

Print Note

Cmd/Ctrl Alt P

Remove Formatting

Cmd/Ctrl Shift Space

Reset Zoom Level

Cmd/Ctrl 0

Return to Notes Esc

Save Note

Cmd/Ctrl S

Search Notes

Cmd/Ctrl F

Set Always on Top

Cmd/Ctrl Shift P

Set Reminder

Cmd/Ctrl E

Strikethrough Text

Cmd/Ctrl T

Subscript Text

Cmd/Ctrl Shift ]

Superscript Text

Cmd/Ctrl Shift [

Toggle Black Theme

Cmd/Ctrl Alt E

Toggle Checkbox

Cmd/Ctrl Shift B

Toggle Dark Theme

Cmd/Ctrl D

Toggle Focus Mode

Cmd/Ctrl K

Toggle Notebooks

Alt Shift N

Toggle Sepia Theme

Cmd/Ctrl G

Toggle Settings

Cmd/Ctrl ,

Toggle Shortcuts

Cmd/Ctrl Shift S

Toggle Sidebar

Cmd/Ctrl </kbd>

Toggle Tags

Alt Shift T

Toggle Window Menu Alt

Underline Text

Cmd/Ctrl U

Global Shortcut Keys

Access Tusk at any moment from anywhere within your operating system. All global shortcuts can be customized to match your own preference through the configuration file ~/.tusk.json.

View all the available global keyboard shortcuts.

Description Global Shortcut

Toggle Tusk Window

Cmd/Ctrl Alt A

Create New Note

Cmd/Ctrl Alt C

Search Notes

Cmd/Ctrl Alt F


For more info on how to contribute to the project, please read the contributing guidelines.

  • Fork the repository and clone it to your machine
  • Navigate to your local fork: cd tusk
  • Install the project dependencies: npm install or yarn install
  • Run Tusk on dev mode: npm start or yarn start
  • Lint code for errors: npm test or yarn test
  • Build binaries and installers: npm run release or yarn release

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Tusk is an unofficial, open source, third-party, community-driven, free app and is not affiliated in any way with Evernote.



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