3rd anniversity of butterfly and seventeenth 2.0 beta released

Linwood Butterfly

Linwood Butterfly

🎨 Powerful, minimalistic, cross-platform, opensource note-taking app


Butterfly turns 3 years old today. To celebrate this, I released the seventeenth beta of Butterfly 2.0.

Please note that this is still a beta release and may contain bugs. If you find a bug, please report it on GitHub.

3rd anniversity

24th November 2020, Butterfly had the first commit. After that I worked on Butterfly for 3 years. I want to thank all contributors and users for their support. Initially I built butterfly for working in the school. Then covid-19 came and I used butterfly for my online lessons. Now we are here, 3 years later and butterfly is still in development. I hope you enjoy using butterfly as much as I do. This release is a big step towards the final release of Butterfly 2.0. This is the last beta release before the first release candidate.

Experimental features

This release adds experimental features. You can enable them in the settings. These features are not stable and may contain bugs. If you find a bug, please report it on GitHub.


This was a long requested feature. Now you can collaborate with other users on the same document. This works by using websockets. To use this feature, you need to enable it in the settings. After that you can open a document and see a share button in the title bar. Click on it and then on start. To join this session, the other user needs to click on the connect button in the plus menu in the home page. Then he needs to enter the url of the session (for example ws://localhost). After that he can join the session.



This is another long requested feature: Importing xopp files. Xopp is a file format used by Xournal++. Not all features are supported yet, but most of them are. Try it out and report bugs if you find some.


The pdf importer now supports spread. This means that you can import every pdf page in a separate page in butterfly.

Full changelog

  • Add experiments settings in nightly version
  • Add collaboration support (experimental) using websockets (#401)
  • Add spread to pages in pdf importer
  • Add importer for xopp documents (#314)
  • Add select tool to document defaults
  • Use menu in files navigator view
  • Improve performance of canvas
  • Remove restriction of bfly files on import in files view
  • Restructure settings
  • Fix android mimetype
  • Fix global importing
  • Fix plus button in palette dialog
  • Fix note importer
  • Fix creating defaults on native
  • Remove pointer on cancel