novelWriter is a Python GUI program used for authoring novels and short stories. Pipx will isolate all the various libraries and source code without the need to create a virtual environment or simply installing in the system’s Python environment. For this how-to I will be installing on Fedora 37 but this should be a similar process on other Linux distributions using their package manager rather than dnf. On Ubuntu you can add the novelWriter ppa and install using apt if you prefer. I would bet Arch has an AUR.
Open the terminal and type:
If you don’t get version info then you will need to install it.
sudo dnf install python3-pip
If you want to add a dictionary for spell checking you msy need to install a dictionary. The following will do the trick just select the language you need.
sudo dnf install hunspell-en-US
You can select the dictionaries from preferences in novelWriter.
Now we need PIPX. PIPX is a tool to install Python programs in an isolated virtual environment. It’s not used for Python programming modules. The following two commands will get it setup:
python3 -m pip install –user pipx
python3 -m pipx ensurepath
Now you simply install novelWriter with:
pipx install novelwriter
In order to add to the menus we can create a .desktop file. Type the following:
Add the following text and be sure if you download the icon to point to where you want to store the icon:
[Desktop Entry] Type=Application Encoding=UTF-8 Name=novelWriter Icon=/path/to/icon/novelwriter.png Exec=novelwriter
Save the file as:
Here is the icon.
Besides the icon and desktop files the you can find the pipx install in your home directory in .local/pipx/venvs/novelwriter
Simply delete that folder, icon, and desktop to remove it.