Refined Evernote desktop app


🐘 Refined Evernote desktop app

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Tusk is an unofficial, featureful, open source, community-driven, free Evernote app used by people in more than 130 countries.

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



Github Releases

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


Ubuntu Linux users can directly install through Snap snap install tusk


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


Arch Linux users can directly install through AUR yaourt tusk


The version available on Homebrew Cask or AUR may not be the latest. If that is the case, please consider downloading directly from the Github releases page.


Sepia Theme

Perfect for glossy screens. Activate it by pressing Cmd/Ctrl G

Dark Theme

Silky & relaxing. Make it yours by pressing Cmd/Ctrl D

Black Theme

Deep focus materialized. Boost your productivity by pressing Cmd/Ctrl Alt E

Focus Mode

Press Cmd/Ctrl K and immerse yourself in a distraction-free note-taking mode.

Compact Mode

Get more for less. Keep your productivity to the maximum no matter the screen size. Simply downsize the window to enter the mode.

Note Navigation

Navigate seamlessly between your notes by pressing Cmd/Ctrl Tab / Cmd/Ctrl Shift Tab or jump directly to a specific note by using Cmd/Ctrl 1 - 9

Note Printing

Printing your notes is only a keystroke away. Press Cmd/Ctrl Alt P and transfer them from screen to paper.

Custom Shortcut Keys

Adjust Tusk to your workflow. Navigate to ~/.tusk.json or press Cmd/Ctrl . and modify any shortcut key to your own preference. To reset simply delete the tusk config file from your home directory.

Scalable Interface

Adjust the zooming factor to your own preference by pressing Cmd/Ctrl Shift = or Cmd/Ctrl -

Export Notes as PDF

Press Cmd/Ctrl Shift E and save your notes effortlessly on your machine as pdf files.

Yinxiang Support

Login with your Yinxiang account by using the File > Switch to Yinxiang option.

Auto Night Mode

Press Cmd/Ctrl Alt N and allow Tusk to intelligently adjust to your environment.

Export Notes as Markdown

Press Cmd/Ctrl O and instantly export your notes as markdown files.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Local Shortcut Keys

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

View all the available local keyboard shortcuts.
Description Keys
Toggle Window Menu Alt
Toggle Full Screen F11
Return to Notes Esc
Delete Note Delete
Toggle Dark Theme Cmd/Ctrl D
Toggle Sepia Theme Cmd/Ctrl G
Toggle Focus Mode Cmd/Ctrl K
New Note Cmd/Ctrl N
Save Note Cmd/Ctrl S
Set Reminder Cmd/Ctrl E
Search Notes Cmd/Ctrl F
Bold Text Cmd/Ctrl B
Italic Text Cmd/Ctrl I
Underline Text Cmd/Ctrl U
Strikethrough Text Cmd/Ctrl T
Export Note as Markdown Cmd/Ctrl O
Insert Date-Time Stamp Cmd/Ctrl ;
Toggle Settings Cmd/Ctrl ,
Make Text Smaller Cmd/Ctrl -
Edit Shortcut Keys Cmd/Ctrl .
Reset Zoom Level Cmd/Ctrl 0
Toggle Sidebar Cmd/Ctrl \
Navigate to Next Note Cmd/Ctrl Tab
Toggle Tags Alt Shift T
Toggle Notebooks Alt Shift N
Jump to Note Cmd/Ctrl 1 - 9
Change Font Size Cmd/Ctrl Alt 1 - 6
Toggle Black Theme Cmd/Ctrl Alt E
Toggle Vibrant Light Theme Cmd/Ctrl Alt U
Toggle Vibrant Dark Theme Cmd/Ctrl Alt J
Print Note Cmd/Ctrl Alt P
Add Shortcut Cmd/Ctrl Alt S
Align Left Cmd/Ctrl Alt L
Align Center Cmd/Ctrl Alt M
Align Right Cmd/Ctrl Alt R
Increase Indentation Cmd/Ctrl Alt K
Activate Auto Night Mode Cmd/Ctrl Alt N
Make Text Larger Cmd/Ctrl Shift =
Export Note as PDF Cmd/Ctrl Shift E
New Tag Cmd/Ctrl Shift T
New Notebook Cmd/Ctrl Shift N
Toggle Checkbox Cmd/Ctrl Shift B
Code Block Cmd/Ctrl Shift L
Add Link Cmd/Ctrl Shift K
Attach File Cmd/Ctrl Shift F
Insert from Drive Cmd/Ctrl Shift D
Decrease Indentation Cmd/Ctrl Shift M
Numbered List Cmd/Ctrl Shift O
Toggle Shortcuts Cmd/Ctrl Shift S
Toggle Dev Tools Cmd/Ctrl Shift I
Reload Tusk Cmd/Ctrl Shift R
Set Always on Top Cmd/Ctrl Shift P
Insert Date Stamp Cmd/Ctrl Shift ;
Bulleted List Cmd/Ctrl Shift .
Subscript Text Cmd/Ctrl Shift ]
Superscript Text Cmd/Ctrl Shift [
Insert Horizontal Rule Cmd/Ctrl Shift -
Navigate to Previews Note Cmd/Ctrl Shift Tab
Remove Formatting Cmd/Ctrl Shift Space

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 Alt Shift A
Create New Note Alt Shift C
Search Notes Alt Shift 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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