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nix-shell

Start an interactive shell based on a Nix expression. More information: https://nixos.org/manual/nix/stable/#sec-nix-shell.

  • Start with nix expression in shell.nix or default.nix in the current directory:

nix-shell

  • Run shell command in non-interactive shell and exit:

nix-shell --run "{{command}} {{command_arguments}}"

  • Start with expression in default.nix in the current directory:

nix-shell {{default.nix}}

  • Start with packages loaded from nixpkgs:

nix-shell --packages {{package_name_1}} {{package_name_2}}

  • Start with packages loaded from specific nixpkgs revision:

nix-shell --packages {{package_names}} -I nixpkgs={{https://github.com/NixOS/nixpkgs/archive/nixpkgs_revision.tar.gz}}

nix-shell -i {{interpreter}} --packages {{package_names}}