nvPY on Gentoo

nvPY is a fast, simple to use, no fuss, cross-platform note taking application. One of the big benefits is that all your notes are stored somewhere on the cloud – so you don’t need to worry about them!

Unfortunately we can not simply use emerge to install nvPY, so there are a few prerequisites prior to installation.


There are not many prerequisites to nvPY but here they are all the same.

Simplenotes Account

In order to use nvPY, you will first need to create yourself a simplenotes account at simplenote.com. Now armed with your simplenotes login credentails, you can begin to install.


Because vnpy is not available through the Gentoo package manager, we first need to make sure we have the git client installed so that we can download the source code.

emerge --ask git


At the time of writing, nvpy works best with python version 2.7.x and it currently does not work very well yet with python 3.x. Also, nvpy requires that the python version to be used is compiled with support for TkInter.

I already have dev-lang/python-3.3.2-r2:3.3 install as my default. To install a lower version, like 2.7.x but keep 3.x as your default, do. Note, you will need to be root.

emerge -av python:2.7

If, like me, you already have python 2.7.x installed, make sure it is compiled with TkInter support. If not, as root, do the following.

echo "=dev-lang/python-2.7.5 tk" >> /etc/portage/package.use
emerge --ask --newuse =dev-lang/python-2.7.5-r3


You should now be able to simply follow the instructions on github. To summarise (copy really I guess), see below. Make sure you do this as a normal user.

git clone git://github.com/cpbotha/nvpy.git
cd nvpy
python nvpy

Launch nvPY

In order to run nvPY, it first needs to be able to connect to your SimpleNotes account. So before you first try to run nvPY, create the following file, making sure only your normal user can read it.

nano ~/.nvpy.cfg

Populate it with only the following information. Obviously, replace the values on the right hand side of the equals sign with your SimpleNotes login credentials.

sn_username = your_simplenote_username
sn_password = your_simplenote_password

Make sure only you can read it.

chmod -v 600 ~/.nvpy.cfg

Finally, try running it.

python2.7 nvpy &

Hopefully that worked!!

nvPY installed on Gentoo

Yay!! Job done!


The Official Site – GitHub:

How to install Python Tkinter in Gentoo Linux:

How to choose python version to install in gentoo:

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