Nix Resources

community resources we recommend for getting started or learning more

Lix doesn’t exist in a vacuum – but instead builds atop the incredible work of dozens of NixOS community members. This page collects resources that have been recommended by members of the community.

We’re also currently in the process of writing brand new documentation, which will be listed here once available.

A note of caution

Nix has a long history. Some things that seemed like good ideas once are no longer common practice. In particular:

  • It’s probably a good idea to ignore nix-env and mutable environments in favor of declarative configuration
  • If you don’t already use channels, it’s probably a good idea to learn about flakes or some other pinning mechanism instead

If you’re learning about those topics because you want to understand the ideas that are currently in favor in the historical contexts they are responses to, or because you think you see a benefit to them that others don’t, that’s totally fine; this warning is only here to help beginners have a fruitful experience.

Understanding Nix

Using Nix

Understanding Flakes