On Mac and Linux, the easiest way to install
jrnl is using
brew install jrnl
pipx install jrnl
pipx should be installed through either
pip. Missing dependencies and other issues
may occur when installing
apt or another package manager. Further installation
instructions can be found in pipx's documentation.
Do not use
sudo while installing
jrnl. This may lead to path issues.
The first time you run
jrnl you will be asked where your journal file
should be created and whether you wish to encrypt it.
To make a new entry, just type
jrnl yesterday: Called in sick. Used the time to clean, and spent 4h on writing my book.
and hit return.
yesterday: will be interpreted as a time stamp.
Everything until the first sentence mark (
.?!:) will be interpreted as
the title, the rest as the body. In your journal file, the result will
look like this:
2012-03-29 09:00 Called in sick. Used the time to clean the house and spent 4h on writing my book.
If you just call
jrnl, you will be prompted to compose your entry -
but you can also configure jrnl to use your external editor.