reMarkable 2, quick review and advanced configuration


The reMarkable 2 tablet is an e-ink paper feel like tablet, aimed at note taking, quick drawing, and PDF/EPub reading.

You can read the product informations/hardware directly on the reMarkable website.

It’s voluntarily simple and with no extra apps/functions so you stays focused on what you’re doing. Some says it’s a default, some says it’s a perk. I think it’s a perk 😉

The environnement of the reMarkables (1 & 2) is an open source based linux. By default you can have an ssh access to your tablet, and you have the root access.

reMarkable Guide

Nearly every information on that article can be found in great details here:

That guide is like the “hitchhiker’s guide to the remarkable world”.

They’re also the ones behind the excellent ‘reMarkable’ discord server

!! Warning for what’s following !!

We are not responsible if you break your device.

Read all the documentation BEFORE acting so you know what you do.

If you want to try something undocumented / unsupported, you better ask the question on remarkable discord first.

Extra warning on reMarkable 2: you’ll need a special pogo connector to do a real factory reset !! (see for more informations)

List of the hacks I use / links to project pages

Let’s start by stating that I’m not willing to use any cloud related functions on that tablet.

I used first codexctl to downgrade the tablet to the last toltec supported version, that is at the time of the article. Support for 3.X is in the tube, but not yet ready for users.

Then I used toltec to install / manage the linux packets on the reMarkable system.

Once toltec installed, I used the provided opkg commands to install Oxide

Oxide is a desktop environment for the reMarkable tablet.


  • Multitasking / application switching
  • Notifications
  • Wifi managment
  • Chroot for applications that you don’t fully trust
  • Optional lockscreen
  • Homescreen for launching applications
  • Process manager
  • Take, view, and manage screenshots


Then I installed the following via opkg install (I linked the project pages so you can go to see by yourself):

KOReader : An ebook reader application supporting PDF, DjVu, EPUB, FB2

Plato: An ebook reader application supporting PDF/CBZ/FB2/XPS/ePUB/DJVU reader

Sill: Gesture-based text editor (and shell) for the reMarkable tablet

VNSee: VNC client for the reMarkable tablet allowing you to use the device as a second screen

rmFM: Bare-bones file manager for the reMarkable paper tablet, built using Node.js and sas

restream: Stream your reMarkable screen over SSH

webinterface-wifi: View the web interface over wifi. For the ReMarkable Tablet

webinterface-upload: Upload button for the web interface, alternative to drag and drop. For the ReMarkable Tablet

webinterface-onboot: Enable the web interface on boot. For the ReMarkable Tablet

I also installed genie and iago (UI for drawing shapes with the pen) and genie (config based gesture launcher) following that reddit comment.

I may have installed a few others, but I’m not using them daily.

For some more, you should explore the Awesome reMarkable page (A curated list of projects related to the reMarkable tablet) as well as toltec package list / toltec entware package list

Quick gestures/shortcut reminders:


I tried reCalendar, a free online calendar generator that is also making links on dates