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This article lists applications built for and with Nix; it constitutes a listing of what may be called the Extended Nix Ecosystem (see Nix Ecosystem for the Core Nix Ecosystem).

If you are looking for Linux software/applications you should look at Software or its sub-article Applications.

Non-NixOS Distributions

Various applications built on top of Nix:

  • not-os - build a system firmware for embedded devices

Built with Nix

Projects which leverage Nix.

  • styx - Static site generator in Nix expression language
  • bionix - manage and execute bioinformatics pipelines
  • ethereum.nix - A collection of Nix packages and NixOS modules designed to make it easier to operate Ethereum related services and infrastructure
  • nixos-mailserver - A complete and Simple NixOS Mailserver

Nix Platform

Projects which add support (e.g. for extra platforms or major capabilities) to Nix.

  • nix-darwin - NixOS modules for Darwin
  • musnix - real-time audio modules for NixOS
  • nixGl - A wrapper to run OpenGL applications outside of NixOS

Nix Tooling

Various tools built for working with the Nix Ecosystem (e.g. enhancements or alternatives to core Nix tools).

General configuration

  • home-manager - System for managing a user environment using Nix


  • deploy-rs - Nix flake deployment tool
  • flake-utils-plus - Flake templates and helper library. Extension of below
  • flake-utils - Set of flake-building utility functions
  • flake-parts - Simplify Nix Flakes with the module system
  • snowfall - Unified configuration for systems, packages, modules, shells, templates, and more with Nix Flakes.


  • narfuse - FUSE filesystem for mounting Nix archive (NAR) files as a virtual Nix store


  • nix-delegate - Convenient utility for distributed Nix builds


  • nix-diff - Compare Nix derivations
  • niff - Compare two Nix expressions to determine what attributes changes
  • nvd - Nix/NixOS package version diff tool


  • nix-visualize - Visualize the dependencies of a given package
  • niv - Painless dependencies for Nix projects

Nix lang comprehension

  • deadnix - Removes unused code from .nix files
  • statix - Linter and suggestions for the nix programming language
  • nil - Nix Language server, an incremental analysis assistant for writing in Nix.
  • nixfmt - A formatter for Nix code
  • nixpkgs-fmt - Nix code formatter for nixpkgs

Package maintenance


  • dwarffs - Fetches DWARF debug info files for gdb automatically from
  • nixseparatedebuginfod - Fetches debug symbols and source files for debuginfod-capables tools like gdb


  • nix-index - Quickly locate nix packages with specific files
  • nix-du - Find which gc-roots take disk space in a nix store
  • nix-info - Homebrew info querying for Nix
  • userscan - Scans directories containing manually compiled programs and registers them with the Nix garbage collector
  • nix-search-cli - CLI for searching packages on



  • nix-bundle - package Nix attributes into single-file executables.
  • nix-user-chroot - install Nix as an unpriviliged user on any system
  • nh - a rewrite of nixos-rebuild featuring diffs with nvd and a tree of builds with nix-output-manager, as well as other quality of life features such as package searching.

Nix Operations

Operations tools for the Nix Ecosystem:


  • Hydra - Nix's official continuous integration and build system.
  • NixOps - Nix's official (but unmaintained) tool for deploying to NixOS machines in a network or the cloud.


  • Bento - a NixOS fleet manager supporting remote systems not up 24/7
  • colmena - a NixOS deployment tool
  • comin - A deployment tool to continuously pull from Git repositories.
  • deploy-rs - a simple multi-profile Nix-flake deploy tool
  • krops - a lightweight toolkit to deploy NixOS systems, remotely or locally
  • lollypops - a parallel and stateless NixOS deployment tool
  • Morph - a NixOS deployment tool
  • Nixinate - A Nix flake library to provide app outputs for managing existing NixOS hosts over SSH.
  • nixos-build --target-host
  • NixOps - [Not recommended for new projects] a tool for deploying to NixOS machines in a network or cloud.
  • Nixus - an experimental NixOS deployment tool


  • Arion - configure Docker Compose with Nix modules
  • Nixery - ad-hoc container images from Nix


  • kubenix - Kubernetes resource builder written in Nix
  • nix-kubernetes - Kubernetes deployment manager written in nix

Alternative nix implementations & parser

  • hnix (haskell, parser & evaluator)
  • rnix (rust, parser)
  • go-nix (go, parser & nix-compatible file hasher)
  • nix-idea (java, parser)

Additional inofficial ecosystem

None of the services are required to use Nix. None of these services are affiliated with the NixOS Foundation.

binary caches as a service. Free for public caches, subscription for private token-protected caches.
Hercules CI
simplify your CI setup with stateless build agents. Free for open source, per-user subscription for private repositories.
nix CI, caching (open beta) and cloud hosting (private alpha) based on Nix as a service. Currently free, but offers commerical plans.
remote Nix builders as a service for x86_64 and AArch64. Pay-per-use.

See also