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


nix profile list - list installed packages


nix profile list [option...]


  • Show what packages are installed in the default profile:

    # nix profile list
    Name:               gdb
    Flake attribute:    legacyPackages.x86_64-linux.gdb
    Original flake URL: flake:nixpkgs
    Locked flake URL:   github:NixOS/nixpkgs/7b38b03d76ab71bdc8dc325e3f6338d984cc35ca
    Store paths:        /nix/store/indzcw5wvlhx6vwk7k4iq29q15chvr3d-gdb-11.1
    Name:               blender-bin
    Flake attribute:    packages.x86_64-linux.default
    Original flake URL: flake:blender-bin
    Locked flake URL:   github:edolstra/nix-warez/91f2ffee657bf834e4475865ae336e2379282d34?dir=blender
    Store paths:        /nix/store/i798sxl3j40wpdi1rgf391id1b5klw7g-blender-bin-3.1.2

    Note that you can unambiguously rebuild a package from a profile through its locked flake URL and flake attribute, e.g.

    # nix build github:edolstra/nix-warez/91f2ffee657bf834e4475865ae336e2379282d34?dir=blender#packages.x86_64-linux.default

    will build the package blender-bin shown above.


This command shows what packages are currently installed in a profile. For each installed package, it shows the following information:

  • Name: A unique name used to unambiguously identify the package in invocations of nix profile remove and nix profile upgrade.

  • Index: An integer that can be used to unambiguously identify the package in invocations of nix profile remove and nix profile upgrade. (Deprecated, will be removed in a future version in favor of Name.)

  • Flake attribute: The flake output attribute path that provides the package (e.g. packages.x86_64-linux.hello).

  • Original flake URL: The original ("unlocked") flake reference specified by the user when the package was first installed via nix profile install.

  • Locked flake URL: The locked flake reference to which the original flake reference was resolved.

  • Store paths: The store path(s) of the package.


  • --json

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

  • --profile path

    The profile to operate on.

Common evaluation options

  • --arg name expr

    Pass the value expr as the argument name to Nix functions.

  • --arg-from-file name path

    Pass the contents of file path as the argument name to Nix functions.

  • --arg-from-stdin name

    Pass the contents of stdin 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.

  • --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.


See man nix.conf for overriding configuration settings with command line flags.