Welcome to nix.dev#

nix.dev is the home of official documentation for the Nix ecosystem.

If you’re new to Nix, begin your journey with First Steps!


Series of lessons to get started


Guides to getting things done


Collections of detailed technical descriptions


Explanations of history and ideas in the Nix ecosystem

What can you do with Nix?#

The following illustrate of what can be achieved with the Nix ecosystem:

What is the origin of the name “Nix”?#

The name Nix is derived from the Dutch word niks, meaning nothing; build actions do not see anything that has not been explicitly declared as an input.

Nix: A Safe and Policy-Free System for Software Deployment