hackage-db VS hackage-server

Compare hackage-db vs hackage-server and see what are their differences.


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hackage-db hackage-server
0 19
13 407
- 0.5%
0.0 8.3
3 months ago 5 days ago
Haskell Haskell
BSD 3-clause "New" or "Revised" License BSD 3-clause "New" or "Revised" License
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Stars - the number of stars that a project has on GitHub. Growth - month over month growth in stars.
Activity is a relative number indicating how actively a project is being developed. Recent commits have higher weight than older ones.
For example, an activity of 9.0 indicates that a project is amongst the top 10% of the most actively developed projects that we are tracking.


Posts with mentions or reviews of hackage-db. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects.

We haven't tracked posts mentioning hackage-db yet.
Tracking mentions began in Dec 2020.


Posts with mentions or reviews of hackage-server. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-03-17.
  • Haskell ecosystem questions.
    5 projects | /r/haskell | 17 Mar 2023
    3. https://hackage.haskell.org is the primary place
  • Why are haskell applications so obscure?
    7 projects | /r/haskell | 10 Jan 2023
    I used to see pandoc described as a "virus that makes people want to install Haskell", but I think someone must've figured out binary distribution.
  • Comparing ZIO to Haskell effects libraries like Polysemy?
    3 projects | /r/scala | 25 Aug 2022
    The closest analogue to ZIO is probably the RIO monad + Has* type classes from https://hackage.haskell.org . /package/rio . (But ZIO is a bit richer with the typed error channel.)
  • Just released: cabal
    4 projects | /r/haskell | 11 Aug 2022
    Not yet, first hackage-server has to be updated to Cabal-, see this hackage-server ticket
  • What's the story with organizing a cental python docs hub?
    3 projects | /r/Python | 5 Aug 2022
    So I was working on this tool pysearch.com for doing deep semantic searches of python docs by program analysis inferred functionality when I noticed that every library's docs seem to be in a different format hosted in a different source. This would be fine if there was also a standard format hub for all the libraries on pypi or something, but it looks like even readthedocs doesn't contain everything. I find this a bit odd given the existence of tools like pydoc for doing something like this locally. Originally, I was hoping to find something like hackage for haskell, as I was hoping to build a natural language version of hoogle. In the meantime I've gotten pysearch to work by setting up custom rules for each doc, but this is kinda unsustainable.
  • Cabal package download 403 error
    3 projects | /r/haskell | 31 May 2022
    $ cabal get network-into -v3 ... /usr/bin/curl 'http://hackage.haskell.org/package/network-info-0.2.1.tar.gz' --output /tmp/transportAdapterGet19357-1 --location --write-out '%{http_code}' --user-agent 'cabal-install/ (linux; x86_64)' --silent --show-error --dump-header /tmp/curl-headers19357-2.txt Exception Unexpected response 503 for http://hackage.haskell.org/package/network-info-0.2.1.tar.gz when using mirror http://hackage.haskell.org/ Selected mirror http://hackage.fpcomplete.com/Downloading package network-info-0.2.1/usr/bin/curl 'http://hackage.fpcomplete.com/package/network-info-0.2.1.tar.gz' --output /tmp/transportAdapterGet19357-4 --location --write-out '%{http_code}' --user-agent 'cabal-install/ (linux; x86_64)' --silent --show-error --dump-header /tmp/curl-headers19357-5.txt Exception Unexpected response 503 for http://hackage.fpcomplete.com/package/network-info-0.2.1.tar.gz when using mirror http://hackage.fpcomplete.com/ Selected mirror http://objects-us-east-1.dream.io/hackage-mirror/ Downloading package network-info-0.2.1/usr/bin/curl 'http://objects-us-east-1.dream.io/hackage-mirror/package/network-info-0.2.1.tar.gz' --output /tmp/transportAdapterGet19357-7 --location --write-out '%{http_code}' --user-agent 'cabal-install/ (linux; x86_64)' --silent --show-error --dump-header /tmp/curl-headers19357-8.txt Unexpected response 403 for http://objects-us-east-1.dream.io/hackage-mirror/package/network-info-0.2.1.tar.gz
  • Monthly Hask Anything (March 2022)
    5 projects | /r/haskell | 2 Mar 2022
    See https://github.com/haskell/hackage-server/issues/997.
  • Haskell compiled onto LLVM increase performance?
    4 projects | /r/haskell | 2 Nov 2021
    The other source of haskell documentation is hackage, which features both libraries and higher-level GHC modules. Using hoogle (!hoogle or !hgl in DDG), you can search these docs by module name, function name, or even type signature.
  • At a crossroads
    4 projects | /r/haskell | 24 Aug 2021
    Questions re. library support are best found by searching Hackage. A cursory glance indicates ‘yes’ to both, though I’ve never used them. Generally, there is a library to do what you want, though given the Haskell community’s relatively small size and finite time, it might not be as up-to-date as you like. That, of course, is a problem that you can fix and contribute upstream, and the Haskell build tools have good support for using your own fork of a given library.
  • Fastly Outage
    13 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 8 Jun 2021

What are some alternatives?

When comparing hackage-db and hackage-server you can also consider the following projects:

hackage-repo-tool - Hackage security framework based on TUF (The Update Framework)

cblrepo - Tool to simplify managing a consistent set of Haskell packages for distributions.

hoogle - Haskell API search engine

hackage-whatsnew - Diff a local cabal working directory against its latest counterpart on hackage and report any differences

plutus-pioneer-program - This repository hosts the lectures of the Plutus Pioneers Program. This program is a training course that the IOG Education Team provides to recruit and train software developers in Plutus, the native smart contract language for the Cardano ecosystem.

hackage-diff - Compare the public API of different versions of a Hackage library

Cabal - Official upstream development repository for Cabal and cabal-install


degit - Straightforward project scaffolding

varnish-cache - Varnish Cache source code repository