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This article is an overview of resources available both within the NixOS Wiki and elsewhere. For communication channels, support and information of contributing, see the community menu.

Wiki - search by topic

While most people just search for the article they want to read, there is also a way to reach almost all arcticles via 2 to 3 clicks from the starting page via the main 5 topic categories:

  1. Software
  2. Hardware
  3. Desktop - how to setup PCs
  4. Server - how to setup servers
  5. Community - people, communication, work on NixOS

Wiki - search by article type

The NixOS Wiki's core articles are divided into five type categories. Each category link will list all pages in that category:

  1. Pedias, for encyclopedic description
  2. Guides, for broad hands-on understanding and connections to other learning resources
  3. Tutorials, intended to teach a particular process or project
  4. Cookbooks, collections of tips and tricks
  5. Reference, full manuals and technical coverage

Pages are also organized by the six most prominent components of the Nix Ecosystem — NixOS, Nix: the package manager, Nix: the language (Nix Expressions), Nixpkgs, NixOps and Hydra.

NixOS Wiki Resources
Category NixOS Nix Nix Expressions Nixpkgs NixOps Hydra
Pedia NixOS Nix Nix Expression Language Nixpkgs NixOps Hydra
Cookbook NixOS Cheatsheet Nix Cookbook Nix Language: Tips & Tricks
NixOS Official Resources
Category NixOS Nix Nix Expressions Nixpkgs NixOps Hydra
Reference NixOS Manual Nix Manual Nix Manual:
Writing Nix Expressions
Nixpkgs Manual Nixops Manual Hydra Manual
Note: Home Manager is also a major community project to make user environment management in NixOS easier. It is intended to replace much of what you would do with nix-env, to reduce hard-to-track imperative actions.
Official Home Manager manual

Also, see Applications for an overview of tools in the extended ecosystem.

More documentation

  • awesome-nix - community-curated list of Nix learning resources and tools


Interactive websites


Video tutorials