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Evernote SDK for JavaScript

Evernote API version 2.0.0-beta

What is this

A JavaScript API around the Evernote Cloud API.

Required reading

Please check out the Evernote Developers portal page.


Download via npm - npm i --save evernote

Use OAuth for authentication

Details on the OAuth process are available here.

Here are the basic steps for OAuth using the Evernote client:

var callbackUrl = "http://localhost:3000/oauth_callback"; // your endpoint
// initialize OAuth
var Evernote = require('evernote');
var client = new Evernote.Client({
  consumerKey: 'my-consumer-key',
  consumerSecret: 'my-consumer-secret',
  sandbox: true, // change to false when you are ready to switch to production
  china: false, // change to true if you wish to connect to YXBJ - most of you won't
client.getRequestToken(callbackUrl, function(error, oauthToken, oauthTokenSecret) {
  if (error) {
    // do your error handling here
  // store your token here somewhere - for this example we use req.session
  req.session.oauthToken = oauthToken;
  req.session.oauthTokenSecret = oauthTokenSecret;
  res.redirect(client.getAuthorizeUrl(oauthToken)); // send the user to Evernote
// at callbackUrl - "http://localhost:3000/oauth_callback" in our example. User sent here after Evernote auth
var client = new Evernote.Client({
  consumerKey: 'my-consumer-key',
  consumerSecret: 'my-consumer-secret',
  sandbox: true,
  china: false,
function(error, oauthToken, oauthTokenSecret, results) {
  if (error) {
    // do your error handling
  } else {
    // oauthAccessToken is the token you need;
    var authenticatedClient = new Evernote.Client({
      token: oauthToken,
      sandbox: true,
      china: false,
    var noteStore = authenticatedClient.getNoteStore();
    noteStore.listNotebooks().then(function(notebooks) {
      console.log(notebooks); // the user's notebooks!

Use with Node


You can install the module using npm.

npm install evernote

You can see the actual OAuth sample code in sample/express - most of the relevant code is in routes/index.js.


Once you acquire a token, you can get a handle to the UserStore client, with all the methods documented in our api. For example, if you want to call UserStore.getUser:

var client = new Evernote.Client(token: token);
var userStore = client.getUserStore();
userStore.getUser().then(function(user) {
  // user is the returned User object

All methods return Promises/A+. The authentication token is injected into the method call, so you should omit the auth token argument for all UserStore API calls.


Once you acquire a token, you can get a handle to the NoteStore client, with all the methods documented in our api. For example, if you want to call NoteStore.listNotebooks: If you want to call NoteStore.listNotebooks:

var client = new Evernote.Client(token: token);
var noteStore = client.getNoteStore();
noteStore.listNotebooks().then(function(notebooks) {
  // notebooks is the list of Notebook objects

If you want to search for notes with specific content (using NoteStore.findNotesMetadata), you must create a filter and a spec object first:

var Evernote = require('evernote');
var client = new Evernote.Client(token: token);
var noteStore = client.getNoteStore();
var filter = new Evernote.NoteStore.NoteFilter({
  words: ['one', 'two', 'three'],
  ascending: true
var spec = new Evernote.NoteStore.NotesMetadataResultSpec({
  includeTitle: true,
  includeContentLength: true,
  includeCreated: true,
  includeUpdated: true,
  includeDeleted: true,
  includeUpdateSequenceNum: true,
  includeNotebookGuid: true,
  includeTagGuids: true,
  includeAttributes: true,
  includeLargestResourceMime: true,
  includeLargestResourceSize: true,
noteStore.findNotesMetadata(filter, 0, 500, spec).then(function(notesMetadataList) {
  // data.notes is the list of matching notes

NoteStore for linked notebooks

Similar to above, you can get a handle to other NoteStores, eg a NoteStore for a linked notebook. Here's an example of getting tags for a notebook you have joined:

var linkedNotebook = noteStore.listLinkedNotebooks().then(function(linkedNotebooks) {
  // just pick the first LinkedNotebook for this example
  return client.getSharedNoteStore(linkedNotebooks[0]);
}).then(function(sharedNoteStore) {
  return sharedNoteStore.listNotebooks().then(function(notebooks) {
    return sharedNoteStore.listTagsByNotebook(notebooks[0].guid);
  }).then(function(tags) {
    // tags here is a list of Tag objects

NoteStore for Business

Simiarl to above, you can get a handle to a NoteStore for a business, if the user is a business user If you want to get the list of notebooks in your business account:

var client = new Evernote.Client(token: token);
var noteStore = client.getBusinessNoteStore();
noteStore.listNotebooks(function(notebooks) {
  // notebooks here is the list of notebook objects


You can find a sample app with express under 'sample/express'. npm install there, copy config.json.template to config.json and add your info in it, then npm run start to test the sample app.


To build from source, npm run build from the root. This will create a lib directory with the module. npm pack will create a tarball with the artifacts that get deployed to the npm registry, and the sample express app is helpful to verify it - just unzip the tarball into the sample/express/node_modules/evernote directory and use that for testing.


Things that we need help on:

  • Unit tests
  • Documentation


Does the API support CORS (Cross origin resource sharing)


I can't figure out how to do something

Check stackoverflow first, and if you don't find your answer there, open up an issue. Please note that a few of us devs are taking time out of our regular jobs to support this SDK - we don't currently have a dedicated SDK team.

Think you found a bug in our client?

Awesome. Create an issue and submit a PR (be sure to run our linter first) and we'll take a look. If you can't figure out how to fix it, create an issue and we'll take a look when we have a moment.