Howto Setup Osmo personal organizer in Ubuntu

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Osmo is a handy personal organizer which includes calendar, tasks manager and address book modules. It was designed to be a small, easy to use and good looking PIM tool to help to manage personal information. In current state the organizer is quite convenient in use -- for example, user can perform nearly all operations using keyboard. Also, a lot of parameters are configurable to meet user preferences. On the technical side, Osmo is GTK+ based tool which use plain XML database to store all personal data.

Osmo Features

Currently, Osmo has the following features:


note per day
arbitrary coloring of the days with notes
date calculator
built-in full year calendar
‘jump to date' function
compact mode (run as ‘osmo -cal')
handy popup menu for month change
integration with Tasks and Contacts modules


category filter
priority per task
date dependent task color
hide/unhide complete tasks


‘find as you type' support
robust search functionality
photo support
import/export support for CSV files
optional export to XHTML format

Preparing Your System

Osmo depends on libxml2 and libgtk2.0 (version >= 2.. Ubuntu's Gutsy repos satisfy those dependencies, but chances are you won't have the -dev packages installed for compiling. Just to make sure we use the terminal to

sudo aptitude install build-essential libxml2 libxml2-dev libgtk2.0-dev gettext

download osmo using the following command


Now you need to extract the osmo-0.1.2.tar.gz file using the following command

tar xvf osmo-0.1.2.tar.gz

cd osmo-0.1.2


it shouldn't throw around any errors, if all went well until now. And then run the following commands


sudo make install

This will complete the installation.

If you want to open the osmo you need to enter the following command in your terminal


Once it opens you should see similar to the following screen this is calender option

Tasks screenshot

Contacts screenshot

Options Screenshot

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6 Responses

  1. Anupam says:

    thank you for the instructions, it worked just fine!

  2. Narasimha says:

    I am getting the error :

    configure : error : c compiler cannot create executables.

    I am using Ubuntu 8.4.0

    Please help how to resolve this.
    Thank you,

  3. Jordan says:

    In Ubuntu 9.10 you no longer need to do this – All you have to do is the sudo command- “sudo apt-get install osmo”

  4. Quiana Vegter says:

    I have recently started using mt and I having some difficulties here? in your blog you stated that we need to enable write permissions on the App_Data folder…unfortunately I don’t understand how to enable it?

  5. Mike says:

    Some time ago I installed Osmo onto a notebook computer running Linux Mint. Then I tried importing a csv file from Filemaker with 700 odd client entries … it did not work.

    Recently I tried again with Linux Lite … it did not work either.

    This is a major problem for me because the only significant barrier to making more use of a Linux system is the lack of a working PIM/Database where I can easily import the records from my Windows based Filemaker.

    Suggestions please

  6. Julie says:

    How do I switch to week view, day view, etc, or is this possible? I only see month view.

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