Turtl is a solution mainly dedicated to taking notes, though it also supports saving bookmarks, passwords, images, documents, etc.

A new version for the server and client is now available (since October 2018) and new accounts should only connect to https://api2.turtl.nomagic.uk from Turtl dektop version 0.7.X,

This version brings new features, among them the ability to remember your password so that you do not have to enter it each time. Of course this should be done only on trusted devices, as it lowers the level of security.

The older server will be decommissioned on December 1st. If and only if you need to migrate your notes from the old server to the new one:

  1. Install the latest Desktop client for your OS and launch it
  2. Select Advanced Settings and fill in the fields for old and new Turtl server
  3. Migrate the notes to the new server (this may take few minutes).
  4. Update or install the latest Turtl app version on all your devices to ensure they are all using the new server now.

Once you have migrated your account, do not connect or synchronise notes back to the old server, as it would be lost once the old server is decommissioned.

While we recommend to install and use the turtl client (we use it everyday), we also recommend to stick to the essentials: the notes, (and possibly the passwords if you don't already use something else). Everything else can be done with better-integrated tools (typically Seafile, Lufi, Kanboard). This recommendation is mostly because Turtl is not integrated into our centralised account system, and is a public/ freely available service.

Also please note that Nomagic has no way of resetting your password or easily restoring your notes. This hopefully will change in the future, but is a current limitation of support on this service.

All that said, we never had any issue with the old server, and hopefully the new one will be just as stable and reliable.

Turtl went under some structural changes, and now has the concept of Spaces, Boards, Notes and Tags.

A Space contains one or several Boards, which contains Notes, that can be associated with as many Tags as you want. As long as you keep your notes organised in boards within spaces and attach relevant tags to them, you should be able to find anything you look for very easily.

There is currently no way to search inside a note, so for now it is better to have many small notes than a few big ones. Personally I (manually) move my notes to a new personal wiki sub-page once it becomes quite big, as dokuwiki is more adapted for documentation (cf. creating your own space on Dokuwiki).

Official documentation

Nomagic documentation

Turtl is most likely not yet available in your distribution repositories, and they do not provide stand-alone packages either.

Here below is a quick how-to to proceed with installing Turtl from your standard user on a GNU/Linux distribution installed with a desktop environment. The screen-cast was taken on Linux Mint, however the steps should be very similar for any distribution.

The Turtl client is a little application available for download on the official website.

Nomagic provides a script to automate the following steps on GNU/Linux:

  1. Download, verify and extract the Turtl archive in /tmp
  2. Install the application in ~/apps/turtl directory (~ is your home folder)
  3. Set up a desktop visible by the OS so that Turtl appears in your menu

The script is available here.

Open a thread on the support forum if the installation fails.

After installation, open the application and set up the URL for the server to https://api2.turtl.nomagic.uk.

If this is your first time using Turtl, you must fight you need to open an account first.

The following screencast shows how to install using the script and further register and start using Turtl.