# Command line interface parameters

You can use these parameters on the command line interface:

Parameter Description
--help Shows the help screen
--portable Runs the application in portable mode
--clear-settings Clears the settings and runs the application
--dump-settings Prints out a dump of the settings and other information about the application and environment in GitHub Markdown and exits the application
--session <name> Runs the application in a different context for settings and internal files
--allow-multiple-instances Allows multiple instances of QOwnNotes to be started even if disallowed in the settings


If you run into troubles with your installation of QOwnNotes you may want start the application with fresh settings without loosing your current settings by using the --session parameter.

QOwnNotes --session test

You may run the application on the command line interface differently on different operating systems:

Operating system Command
Linux QOwnNotes (or qownnotes if installed as snap)
macOS /Applications/QOwnNotes.app/Contents/MacOS/QOwnNotes
Windows QOwnNotes.exe