dotfiles VS cargo2nix

Compare dotfiles vs cargo2nix and see what are their differences.


My NixOS dotfiles for desktops and servers (by jordanisaacs)


Granular builds of Rust projects for Nix (by cargo2nix)
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dotfiles cargo2nix
6 12
124 331
- 5.4%
7.2 6.7
21 days ago about 1 month ago
Nix Nix
MIT License MIT License
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Posts with mentions or reviews of dotfiles. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-07-18.
  • RedNixOS - NixOS-based 'distro' for cybersec
    2 projects | /r/NixOS | 18 Jul 2022
    Not sure about central but just search dotfiles, config, or flake on GitHub and filter by nix language. Most dotfiles are a sort of “distro” as nix let’s you configure everything from scratch in a central way. Eg my personal dotfiles are an abstracted layer of NixOS/home manager. This can be seen honestly in a lot of popular configs. Eg my WireGuard module turns high level options into automatic configs (see: module).
  • Nix and NixOS Get So Close to Perfect
    11 projects | | 24 Apr 2022
    What’s powerful about nix is the language IMO. I was able to build an automatic WireGuard setup[1] with tagging that automatically works on each new machine thanks to the ability to do config as code. Just provide some basic config for each machine and the code turns it into an interface with peers.

    The issue to me isn’t the language persay (it’s really a tiny surface area language, see the built in/lib functions [2]) but the tooling built around packaging is a hodgepodge mess of semi-documented workarounds (with Nixpkgs blessed ways vs used libraries) and is extremely difficult to approach and understand.


  • Installing Firefox extensions through policies with nur packages.
    1 project | /r/NixOS | 13 Feb 2022
    Not entirely sure what you mean by policies. But you can use rycee’s buildFirefoxXpiAddon. All you need is the xpi. See: for some manual packages.
  • Confused about Git, gnome-keyring, and libsecret
    4 projects | /r/NixOS | 18 Nov 2021
    As a heads up setting up gnome-keyring is an adventure in and of itself when not using GNOME which from the sounds of it you are not. It took me a month of on and off trial and error to finally quash the last of its bugs. You can search around my dotfiles where I have it working but the solutions are all over the place (modules/system/gnome/default.nix, modules/users/graphical/shared.nix, and modules/users/graphical/wayland.nix).
  • Flake structure for multi system
    7 projects | /r/NixOS | 8 Nov 2021
    I’ll just add on, I use functions in my nix file to make configs (iso, home manager, nixos),: function folder. With this logic you can create basic other hosts. How they are used in used in flake.nix
  • Conditionally import file
    1 project | /r/NixOS | 6 Oct 2021
    I am using this repo as a guide. I created a module which has the bootloader and filesystems configuration, and here I would like to conditionally load the qemu guest configuration, based on a configured attr. When you install NixOS in a qemu vm, this import is automatically added by nixos-generate-config to /etc/nixos/hardware-configuration.nix like so:


Posts with mentions or reviews of cargo2nix. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-06-02.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing dotfiles and cargo2nix you can also consider the following projects:

nixos-configs - My NixOS and nix-darwin configs

naersk - Build Rust projects in Nix - no configuration, no code generation, no IFD, sandbox friendly.

veritas - @davidtwco's personal mono-repo - containing the declarative configuration of servers, desktops and laptops - including dotfiles; a collection of packages; a static site generator and source of "".

rust-nix-template - Rust project template with Nix (Flakes) and VSCode support - My personal website

rust-overlay - Pure and reproducible nix overlay of binary distributed rust toolchains

nixos-configs - My NixOS configs

crate2nix - rebuild only changed crates in CI with crate2nix and nix


Cargo - The Rust package manager

RedNixOS - NixOS-based 'distro' for cybersecurity enthusiasts

watt - Runtime for executing procedural macros as WebAssembly