Setup on macOS¶
This is a brief guide to how you can get novelWriter running on macOS. There are currently no install package of novelWriter for macOS, so it is recommended that you download either the full source or minimal package and extract it to a practical location on your system and run it.
Running from Source¶
Step 1: Installing Dependencies¶
These instructions assume you’re using brew, and have Python and pip set up. If not, see the
brew docs for help. Main requirements are installed via the requirements file. You also need to
pyobjc package, so you should run:
pip3 install --user -r requirements.txt pip3 install --user pyobjc
For spell checking you may also need to install the enchant package. It comes with a lot of default dictionaries.
brew install enchant
With the dependencies in place, you can launch the
novelWriter.py script directly to run
Step 2: Install Package (Optional)¶
You can install novelWriter to the correct location for Python packages with:
./setup.py install --user
This requires that the package
setuptools is installed on your system. If not, it can be
pip3 install --user setuptools
This is method of install is equivalent to what the
pip installer does. It puts novelWriter in
the location on your system where Python packages are usually kept. This is not really the best
suited location for a GUI application like novelWriter, so you may instead copy the entire source
to a suiteable location yourself.
After this, you should be able to launch novelWriter by running
novelWriter in a command line
Right now there isn’t a better integration with macOS available. Contributions from someone more familiar with macOS would be very much appreciated.