How to build Joplin for Linux ARM64
I had an ARM64-based Chromebook. I use Joplin. While I could have installed the Android app, I wanted the full desktop experience. Pre-compiled binaries are not available for ARM64, but building one is easy enough, once you have the correct tools installed.
I gave this laptop away, but these steps did work in 2021. I am not making any attempts at keeping this current.
If you have already installed this on your system using the
apt package manager, uninstall it, it won't work. Instead build it from scratch.
mkdir -p ~/Downloads && cd ~/Downloads wget https://nodejs.org/dist/v16.6.1/node-v16.6.1-linux-arm64.tar.xz tar -xvf node-v16.6.1-linux-arm64.tar.xz mv node-v16.6.1-linux-arm64 node sudo mv node /usr/local/bin
The first line might seem superfluous, but I like to be thorough and assure the target directory is present.
Note, this step takes a lot longer than I would have thought.
sudo apt install -y glib2.0-dev expat build-essential pkg-config libexpat1-dev mkdir -p ~/Downloads && cd ~/Downloads wget https://github.com/libvips/libvips/releases/download/v8.11.2/vips-8.11.2.tar.gz tar -xzvf vips-8.11.2.tar.gz cd vips-8.11.2 ./configure make sudo make install sudo ldconfig
This steps takes several minutes.
mkdir -p ~/.local && cd ~/.local git clone https://github.com/laurent22/joplin.git cd joplin npm install
cd ~/.local/joplin/packages/app-desktop && npm start &> /dev/null &