TreePad Lite for Linux
A freeware personal information manager designed specifically to run on Linux. It is fully portable and does not need to be installed.
Debian, the LXDE and XFCE variants.
Open SUSE, the KDE variant.
Ubuntu 10.4 and 10.10 (using the Gnome 2 desktop), but definitely not any of the more recent versions.
Linux Mint, the KDE variant.
For more Linux distributions, please see here.
How to use any Windows edition of TreePad on Linux
It is possible to run any edition of TreePad (for Windows) on Linux, including TreePad Enterprise single- and multi-user. For this you need to use Wine which is part of most Linux distributions.
First you need to make sure that Wine is present on your system.
(1) Is Wine installed?
If this returns some version number, like wine-1.2.2, then Wine is installed.
(2) Adjust permissions
(3a) Run TreePad or installer - easy method
(3b) Run TreePad or installer - alternative method
wine <the name of the executable>
(4) If you have used the TreePad installer
Should TreePad for Windows not work with your version of Wine/Linux (it is unlikely, but still possible), then you can try updating Wine to a newer release.
Alternatively, the virtual machines listed below will enable you to run any Windows TreePad edition on Linux:
Freeware, open-source virtual Machine for Windows, Linux, MAC. It supports a large number of guest operating systems including but not limited to
Windows (NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista), DOS/Windows 3.x, Linux (2.4 and 2.6), and OpenBSD.
VMWare Workstation Using this excellent emulator you are able to run all current TreePad Windows versions on Linux, including the Enterprise Editions. Solid emulation comes at a price though ($189), but enables you to run most other Windows software on Linux as well, and saves you the price of an extra PC.
KVM which is an acronym for Linux 'Kernel-based Virtual Machine'. Since 2007, the Linux kernel natively supports virtualization. You can now run a number of operating systems 'virtually', meaning as 'guest os' on top Linux itself. This includes Windows, Linux, Solaris, Haiku (BeOS) and more. At present, KVM requires more skills to utilize compared to VMWare and Virtual Box. We have not (yet) tested TreePad on Windows running inside a KVM, but expect TreePad to run just fine.
TreePad SAFE for Linux/Wine
Unfortunately, a minority of (mostly older) Wine versions will not run TreePad perfectly (for instance, the main menu might not work). For this particular case, we created a special edition of TreePad SAFE, called 'TreePad SAFE for Linux/Wine' which can be downloaded from
You can start TreePad SAFE on Linux by typing
wine treepadsafe.exein a terminal window. TreePad SAFE for Linux/Wine is almost identical to TreePad SAFE for Windows. Please note that this download is a 21-day evaluation version until you enter the TreePad SAFE registration number.
You can buy a TreePad SAFE registration number here. Please evaluate TreePad SAFE for Linux on your system before purchasing it. In other words: make sure it runs OK!
If you are already a registered user of TreePad PRO for Linux, then you can request a free upgrade to TreePad SAFE for Linux/Wine and enjoy the new features for free.
If you are already a registered user of TreePad SAFE for Windows, you can use your existing registration number for TreePad SAFE for Linux/Wine.
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