This program is experimental and its interface is subject to change.


nix path-info - query information about store paths


nix path-info [option...] installables...


  • Print the store path produced by nixpkgs#hello:

    # nix path-info nixpkgs#hello
  • Show the closure sizes of every path in the current NixOS system closure, sorted by size:

    # nix path-info --recursive --closure-size /run/current-system | sort -nk2
    /nix/store/hl5xwp9kdrd1zkm0idm3kkby9q66z404-empty                                                96
    /nix/store/27324qvqhnxj3rncazmxc4mwy79kz8ha-nameservers                                         112
    /nix/store/539jkw9a8dyry7clcv60gk6na816j7y8-etc                                          5783255504
    /nix/store/zqamz3cz4dbzfihki2mk7a63mbkxz9xq-nixos-system-machine-20.09.20201112.3090c65  5887562256
  • Show a package's closure size and all its dependencies with human readable sizes:

    # nix path-info --recursive --size --closure-size --human-readable nixpkgs#rustc
    /nix/store/01rrgsg5zk3cds0xgdsq40zpk6g51dz9-ncurses-6.2-dev      386.7K   69.1M
    /nix/store/0q783wnvixpqz6dxjp16nw296avgczam-libpfm-4.11.0          5.9M   37.4M
  • Check the existence of a path in a binary cache:

    # nix path-info --recursive /nix/store/blzxgyvrk32ki6xga10phr4sby2xf25q-geeqie-1.5.1 --store https://cache.nixos.org/
    path '/nix/store/blzxgyvrk32ki6xga10phr4sby2xf25q-geeqie-1.5.1' is not valid
  • Print the 10 most recently added paths (using --json and the jq(1) command):

    # nix path-info --json --all | jq -r 'sort_by(.registrationTime)[-11:-1][].path'
  • Show the size of the entire Nix store:

    # nix path-info --json --all | jq 'map(.narSize) | add'
  • Show every path whose closure is bigger than 1 GB, sorted by closure size:

    # nix path-info --json --all --closure-size \
      | jq 'map(select(.closureSize > 1e9)) | sort_by(.closureSize) | map([.path, .closureSize])'
  • Print the path of the store derivation produced by nixpkgs#hello:

    # nix path-info --derivation nixpkgs#hello


This command shows information about the store paths produced by installables, or about all paths in the store if you pass --all.

By default, this command only prints the store paths. You can get additional information by passing flags such as --closure-size, --size, --sigs or --json.


Note that nix path-info does not build or substitute the installables you specify. Thus, if the corresponding store paths don't already exist, this command will fail. You can use nix build to ensure that they exist.


  • --closure-size / -S Print the sum of the sizes of the NAR serialisations of the closure of each path.

  • --human-readable / -h With -s and -S, print sizes in a human-friendly format such as 5.67G.

  • --json Produce output in JSON format, suitable for consumption by another program.

  • --sigs Show signatures.

  • --size / -s Print the size of the NAR serialisation of each path.

  • --stdin Read installables from the standard input. No default installable applied.

Common evaluation options:

  • --arg name expr Pass the value expr as the argument name to Nix functions.

  • --argstr name string Pass the string string as the argument name to Nix functions.

  • --debugger Start an interactive environment if evaluation fails.

  • --eval-store store-url The URL of the Nix store to use for evaluation, i.e. to store derivations (.drv files) and inputs referenced by them.

  • --impure Allow access to mutable paths and repositories.

  • --include / -I path Add path to the Nix search path. The Nix search path is initialized from the colon-separated NIX_PATH environment variable, and is used to look up the location of Nix expressions using paths enclosed in angle brackets (i.e., <nixpkgs>).

    For instance, passing

    -I /home/eelco/Dev
    -I /etc/nixos

    will cause Nix to look for paths relative to /home/eelco/Dev and /etc/nixos, in that order. This is equivalent to setting the NIX_PATH environment variable to


    It is also possible to match paths against a prefix. For example, passing

    -I nixpkgs=/home/eelco/Dev/nixpkgs-branch
    -I /etc/nixos

    will cause Nix to search for <nixpkgs/path> in /home/eelco/Dev/nixpkgs-branch/path and /etc/nixos/nixpkgs/path.

    If a path in the Nix search path starts with http:// or https://, it is interpreted as the URL of a tarball that will be downloaded and unpacked to a temporary location. The tarball must consist of a single top-level directory. For example, passing

    -I nixpkgs=https://github.com/NixOS/nixpkgs/archive/master.tar.gz

    tells Nix to download and use the current contents of the master branch in the nixpkgs repository.

    The URLs of the tarballs from the official nixos.org channels (see the manual page for nix-channel) can be abbreviated as channel:<channel-name>. For instance, the following two flags are equivalent:

    -I nixpkgs=channel:nixos-21.05
    -I nixpkgs=https://nixos.org/channels/nixos-21.05/nixexprs.tar.xz

    You can also fetch source trees using flake URLs and add them to the search path. For instance,

    -I nixpkgs=flake:nixpkgs

    specifies that the prefix nixpkgs shall refer to the source tree downloaded from the nixpkgs entry in the flake registry. Similarly,

    -I nixpkgs=flake:github:NixOS/nixpkgs/nixos-22.05

    makes <nixpkgs> refer to a particular branch of the NixOS/nixpkgs repository on GitHub.

  • --override-flake original-ref resolved-ref Override the flake registries, redirecting original-ref to resolved-ref.

Common flake-related options:

  • --commit-lock-file Commit changes to the flake's lock file.

  • --inputs-from flake-url Use the inputs of the specified flake as registry entries.

  • --no-registries Don't allow lookups in the flake registries. This option is deprecated; use --no-use-registries.

  • --no-update-lock-file Do not allow any updates to the flake's lock file.

  • --no-write-lock-file Do not write the flake's newly generated lock file.

  • --output-lock-file flake-lock-path Write the given lock file instead of flake.lock within the top-level flake.

  • --override-input input-path flake-url Override a specific flake input (e.g. dwarffs/nixpkgs). This implies --no-write-lock-file.

  • --recreate-lock-file Recreate the flake's lock file from scratch.

  • --reference-lock-file flake-lock-path Read the given lock file instead of flake.lock within the top-level flake.

  • --update-input input-path Update a specific flake input (ignoring its previous entry in the lock file).

Logging-related options:

  • --debug Set the logging verbosity level to 'debug'.

  • --log-format format Set the format of log output; one of raw, internal-json, bar or bar-with-logs.

  • --print-build-logs / -L Print full build logs on standard error.

  • --quiet Decrease the logging verbosity level.

  • --verbose / -v Increase the logging verbosity level.

Miscellaneous global options:

  • --help Show usage information.

  • --offline Disable substituters and consider all previously downloaded files up-to-date.

  • --option name value Set the Nix configuration setting name to value (overriding nix.conf).

  • --refresh Consider all previously downloaded files out-of-date.

  • --repair During evaluation, rewrite missing or corrupted files in the Nix store. During building, rebuild missing or corrupted store paths.

  • --version Show version information.

Options that change the interpretation of installables:

  • --all Apply the operation to every store path.

  • --derivation Operate on the store derivation rather than its outputs.

  • --expr expr Interpret installables as attribute paths relative to the Nix expression expr.

  • --file / -f file Interpret installables as attribute paths relative to the Nix expression stored in file. If file is the character -, then a Nix expression will be read from standard input. Implies --impure.

  • --recursive / -r Apply operation to closure of the specified paths.

Options to override configuration settings: