NextCloud Notes Command Line Interface

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nncli is a Python application that gives you access to your NextCloud Notes account via the command line. It’s a “hard” fork of sncli. You can access your notes via a customizable console GUI that implements vi-like keybinds or via a simple command line interface that you can script.

Notes can be viewed/created/edited in both an online and offline mode. All changes are saved to a local cache on disk and automatically sync’ed when nncli is brought online.

More detailed documentation can be found at the homepage.



  • Via pip (latest release):

    • pip3 install nncli

  • Manually:

    • If you don’t already have it, install Flit: pip3 install flit

    • Clone this repository to your hard disk: git clone

    • Install nncli: flit install --deps production

  • Development:

    • Clone the repo

    • Install Pipenv: pip3 install pipenv

    • Stand up development virtualenv: pipenv install --dev


  • Console GUI

    • full two-way sync with NextCloud Notes performed dynamically in the background

    • all actions logged and easily reviewed

    • list note titles (configurable format w/ title, date, flags, category, keys, etc)

    • sort notes by date, alpha by title, category, favorite on top

    • search for notes using a Google style search pattern or Regular Expression

    • view note contents and meta data

    • pipe note contents to external command

    • create and edit notes (using your editor)

    • edit note category

    • delete notes

    • favorite/unfavorite notes

    • vi-like keybinds (fully configurable)

    • Colors! (fully configurable)

  • Command Line (scripting)

    • force a full two-way sync with NextCloud Notes

    • all actions logged and easily reviewed

    • list note titles and keys

    • search for notes using a Google style search pattern or Regular Expression

    • dump note contents

    • create a new note (via stdin or editor)

    • import a note with raw json data (stdin or editor)

    • edit a note (via editor)

    • delete a note

    • favorite/unfavorite a note

    • view and edit note category


Pull requests are welcome, preferably via emailed output of git request-pull sent to the maintainer (see here for more information). Bug reports should also be directed to the maintainer via email.

If you aren’t hosting a fork anywhere online, you can also send patches using git format-patch (again, see the official documentation ).


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nncli is a fork of sncli by Eric Davis. This application further pulls in and uses modified versions of the module by Daniel Schauenberg and the module from nvpy by Charl P. Botha.

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