Installing Nift

How to install Nift on Linux, OSX and Windows

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There are a number of different ways you can install Nift on all of Linux, OSX and Windows. This page outlines how to install Nift:

Note: Currently if you install through Snap you will not be able to use the powerful scripting features that Nift has to their full extent, it is recommended in the meantime that you instead install from Flatpak or source. I am trying to work out how to rectify this, I am hoping getting approved for classic confinement will fix the problem.

Linux installation using Snap

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You can install Nift on linux using the Snap package manager, for instructions see here. Alternatively first install snapd, eg. sudo apt-get install snapd on Ubuntu, then enter:

snap install nift --classic

To uninstall Nift enter snap remove nift.

Linux installation using Flatpak

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Thanks to refi64 for making the installation through Flatpak much easier and cleaner.

You can install Nift on linux using the Flatpak package manager. First install Flatpak then enter in to a terminal:

flatpak install --user

Alternatively, download cc.nift.nsm.flatpakref to ~/Downloads then open up a terminal and enter:

flatpak install cc.nift.nsm.flatpakref

Note you can just open cc.nift.nsm.flatpakref in GNOME Software or KDE Discover if you have either of those.

Then add the following aliases to ~/.bashrc (or the equivalent to the configuration profile file for your shell):

alias nsm="flatpak run cc.nift.nsm"
alias nift="flatpak run cc.nift.nsm" 

To uninstall Nift remove the aliases from ~/.bashrc and enter flatpak uninstall nift, if that doesn't work try flatpak uninstall cc.nift.nsm and if that fails try:

flatpak uninstall cc.nift.nsm/x86_64/stable

FreeBSD installation

There is a FreeBSD port of Nift available here.

For a source install from FreeBSD ports:

$ cd /usr/ports/www/nift 
$ make install clean

For a binary install using pkgng:

$ pkg install www/nift

Alternative install using pkgng:

$ su -
# portsnap fetch
# portsnap update
# cd /usr/ports/www/nift
# make
# make install
# exit

To uninstall Nift using ports enter:

$ cd /usr/ports/www/nift
$ make deinstall

and using pkgng enter:

$ pkg delete www/nift

Gentoo installation

There is a Gentoo overlay of Nift available here.

Add the overlay containing Nift Ebuilds:

$ layman -f -o -a NuLL3rr0r

For installing the latest stable release of Nift:

$ emerge -atuv www-apps/nift

And, for the development version (note that some shells require quotation of this syntax):

$ emerge -atuv '=www-apps/nift-9999'

In order to set the development version as the default installed version of Nift, and avoid getting it downgraded by Portage on subsequent @world upgrades:

$ mkdir -p /etc/portage/package.accept_keywords/
$ echo '=www-apps/nift-9999 **' > /etc/portage/package.accept_keywords/www-apps_nift
$ emerge -atuv '=www-apps/nift-9999'

To uninstall Nift enter:

$ emerge -C www-apps/nift

Windows installation using Chocolatey

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You can install Nift on Windows using Chocolatey. First install Chocolatey, then follow the instructions here, or alternatively enter:

choco install nsm

To uninstall Nift enter choco uninstall nsm.

Windows installation from executable

Download this executable and this executable then place them anywhere in your user's path, eg. in C:\Windows\system32.

Instructions for installing Nift from source on:

  1. linux
  2. osx
  3. windows