home-manager VS Home Manager using Nix

Compare home-manager vs Home Manager using Nix and see what are their differences.


Manage a user environment using Nix [maintainer=@rycee] [Moved to: https://github.com/nix-community/home-manager] (by rycee)
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home-manager Home Manager using Nix
4 182
1,753 5,863
- 6.3%
9.1 9.8
about 3 years ago 2 days ago
Nix Nix
MIT License MIT License
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Posts with mentions or reviews of home-manager. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-04-22.
  • [Help] Home-manager service?
    2 projects | /r/NixOS | 22 Apr 2023
    I really am at lost rn, foud this github issue tried the solution and it didn't work.
  • NixOS and Neovim plugins
    3 projects | /r/NixOS | 24 Oct 2022
  • Flakes, nixos and home-configuration help
    2 projects | /r/NixOS | 7 May 2022
    { config, pkgs, ... }: { imports = [ (import "${builtins.fetchTarball https://github.com/rycee/home-manager/archive/master.tar.gz}/nixos") ]; users.users = { jdoe = { isNormalUser = true; initialPassword = "1234"; extraGroups = [ "wheel" ]; }; }; home-manager.useUserPackages = true; home-manager.users.jdoe = { home.stateVersion = "21.11"; programs.home-manager.enable = true; programs.git.userName = "John"; programs.git.userEmail = "Doe"; programs.zsh.zplug = { enable = true; plugins = [ { name = "zsh-users/zsh-autosuggestions"; } { name = "romkatv/powerlevel10k"; tags = [ as:theme depth:1 ]; } { name = "ohmyzsh/ohmyzsh oh-my-zsh"; } { name = "ajeetdsouza/zoxide"; } { name = "marlonrichert/zsh-autocomplete"; } { name = "marlonrichert/zsh-edit"; } { name = "zsh-users/zsh-autosuggestions"; } { name = "ptavares/zsh-exa"; } { name = "zsh-users/zsh-syntax-highlighting"; } { name = "mbenford/zsh-tmux-auto-title"; } { name = "zsh-users/zsh-history-substring-search"; } ]; }; services.gpg-agent = { enable = true; defaultCacheTtl = 1800; enableSshSupport = true; }; }; }
  • How do I do declarative package management using nix package manager on Debian?
    2 projects | /r/NixOS | 6 Jan 2021
    There are multiple ways of managing declarative profiles. 1) Attrset, compatible with imperative use of nix-env https://git.io/fAQHW ; 2) buildEnv, providing more control over the paths that are linked into the profile https://git.io/fp0aU ; 3) home-manager, providing nixos-like config for your ~ https://github.com/rycee/home-manager

Home Manager using Nix

Posts with mentions or reviews of Home Manager using Nix. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2024-04-18.
  • Cosmic Desktop: Hammering Out New Cosmic Features
    4 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 18 Apr 2024
    It's probably overkill for what you are trying to do. But I have been using home-manager [0] as a way to quickly restore my working environment.

    [0] https://nix-community.github.io/home-manager/

  • How do I actually update home-manager?
    2 projects | /r/NixOS | 6 Dec 2023
    $ home-manager --version 23.05 $ nix-channel --add https://github.com/nix-community/home-manager/archive/release-23.11.tar.gz home-manager $ nix-channel --update $ nix-shell '' -A install [...] All done! The home-manager tool should now be installed and you can edit /home/MY-USERNAME/.config/home-manager/home.nix to configure Home Manager. Run 'man home-configuration.nix' to see all available options. $ home-manager --version 23.05
  • Possible to use KDE plugins on nixos?
    3 projects | /r/NixOS | 6 Dec 2023
    Unfortunately until we find more volunteers in this area, it is hard to see status quo changing. See also https://github.com/nix-community/home-manager/issues/607 and this ongoing project https://github.com/pjones/plasma-manager
  • Exclude packages in home manager
    1 project | /r/NixOS | 5 Dec 2023
  • An Overview of Nix in Practice
    9 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 12 Nov 2023
    > Channels are, AFAIU, a reference to some point-in-time/commit/version of nixpkgs

    It's not specifically nixpkgs, but any Nix code generally.

    Per the Nix manual[0]:

    > Channels are a mechanism for referencing remote Nix expressions and conveniently retrieving their latest version.

    e.g. home-manager's suggested channel is just the github tarball for the relevant branch[1]:

      nix-channel --add https://github.com/nix-community/home-manager/archive/master.tar.gz home-manager
  • Fake recruiter Lazarus lured aerospace employee with trojanized coding challenge
    4 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 1 Oct 2023
    It sounds like you'd benefit a lot from Nix/NixOS [1], if not just home-manager[2].

    1. https://nixos.org/

    2. https://github.com/nix-community/home-manager

  • Noob question: Where home-manager config after installed on archlinux
    1 project | /r/Nix | 11 Sep 2023
    nix-channel --add https://github.com/nix-community/home-manager/archive/master.tar.gz home-manager nix-channel --update nix-shell '' -A install
  • Need help on home manager neovim config
    2 projects | /r/NixOS | 11 Sep 2023
    I'm using flakes and home manager and not really sure how to go about managing my neovim configuration. I've read through some other posts, github issues, and various articles trying to suss out a good way to do this. Reading through other people's configs and posts was somewhat helpful but there is a lot going on I don't understand and everyone's examples I've seen vary wildly.
  • Recurring 'Home Manager not found' Error After Running nix-collect-garbage"
    1 project | /r/Nix | 11 Aug 2023
    Said store path contains the home-manager repo. After the home-manager run, the store path is recreated.
  • I want to like NixOS but... I can't and I need some help
    3 projects | /r/NixOS | 12 Jul 2023
    I can't answer all your questions, but home-manager does have a dconf module that would probably be better to use than that external tool. Everything inside the options block are the things you can pass to the dconf module.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing home-manager and Home Manager using Nix you can also consider the following projects:

nixos-flake-example - This is a demo NixOS config, with optional flakes support. Along with notes on why flakes is useful and worth adopting.

Ansible - Ansible is a radically simple IT automation platform that makes your applications and systems easier to deploy and maintain. Automate everything from code deployment to network configuration to cloud management, in a language that approaches plain English, using SSH, with no agents to install on remote systems. https://docs.ansible.com.

nixpkgs-wayland - Automated, pre-built packages for Wayland (sway/wlroots) tools for NixOS. [maintainers=@colemickens, @Artturin]

GNU Stow - GNU Stow - mirror of savannah git repository occasionally with more bleeding-edge branches

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

impermanence - Modules to help you handle persistent state on systems with ephemeral root storage [maintainer=@talyz]

NixOS-WSL - NixOS on WSL(2) [maintainer=@nzbr]

nixos-vscode-server - Visual Studio Code Server support in NixOS

emacs-overlay - Bleeding edge emacs overlay [maintainer=@adisbladis]

gitignore.nix - Nix functions for filtering local git sources

chezmoi - Manage your dotfiles across multiple diverse machines, securely.