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!
What can you do with Nix?#
The following illustrate of what can be achieved with the Nix ecosystem:
Easy installation of software over URLs.
Easy transfer of software environments between computers.
Avoidance of version conflicts with already installed software.
Installing software from source code.
Strong support for software auditability.
Atomic upgrades and rollbacks.
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.