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


nix store add-path - add a path to the Nix store


nix store add-path [option...] path


Copy path to the Nix store, and print the resulting store path on standard output.


The resulting store path is not registered as a garbage collector root, so it could be deleted before you have a chance to register it.


Add a directory to the store:

# mkdir dir
# echo foo > dir/bar

# nix store add-path ./dir

# cat /nix/store/6pmjx56pm94n66n4qw1nff0y1crm8nqg-dir/bar


  • --dry-run Show what this command would do without doing it.

  • --name / -n name Override the name component of the store path. It defaults to the base name of path.

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  • --refresh Consider all previously downloaded files out-of-date.

  • --version Show version information.

Options to override configuration settings: