Curvenote is available through NodeJS and the node package manager, npm. Node is used by Jupyter as well as many other Python packages so you may already have it installed on your PATH and the following command may just work 🤞.

🛠️ Install NodeJS and run the following command:

npm install -g curvenote

This will install curvenote globally (-g) on your system and add a link to the main CLI tool. To see if things worked, try checking the version with:

curvenote --version

This command should print the current version of the package. If all is good, you can type curvenote again in your terminal and it will list the help with all of the options available to you.

Updating Curvenote

There are new releases of the CLI every few weeks, to update to the latest version of curvenote, use:

npm update -g curvenote

Try the curvenote --version command before and after, with an update you should be on the most up to date version (see npm for the latest version!). If you are not, try npm uninstall -g curvenote or without the -g global flag, until curvenote is no longer available on your command line. Then try installing again!

Dependencies for LaTeX\LaTeX and PDF

If you are exporting to LaTeX\LaTeX with an open-source template specified (see all templates) or if you are creating a PDF you will need to install the jtex python package to be installed and available on the user's PATH. With Python 3.7 or greater installed, install jtex via pip:

python -m pip install jtex

For LaTeX\LaTeX PDF builds you will also require a version of LaTeX to be installed.

Usage as a package

curvenote is a node module, and you can use it to chain together other types of workflows that are not possible through the CLI.

import { Session, MyUser } from 'curvenote';

const session = new Session(token);
const user = await new MyUser(session).get();


For the curvenote library on GitHub, git clone and you can install the dependencies and then create a local copy of the library with the npm run dev command.

git clone
cd curvenote
npm install
npm run dev

This will create a local copy of curvenote for use on the command line and start various web-servers for testing.