home-manager VS nix-shell

Compare home-manager vs nix-shell and see what are their differences.

home-manager

Manage a user environment using Nix [maintainer=@rycee] [Moved to: https://github.com/nix-community/home-manager] (by rycee)

nix-shell

Nix shells for PHP development (by loophp)
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home-manager nix-shell
4 2
1,753 130
- 4.6%
9.1 8.5
about 3 years ago 5 days ago
Nix Nix
MIT License MIT License
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home-manager

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

nix-shell

Posts with mentions or reviews of nix-shell. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-02-06.
  • PHP, Nix and reproductibility
    3 projects | /r/PHP | 6 Feb 2022
    Willing to try loophp/nix-shell and provide some feedback? I'll be glad to hear some feedback and improve my package!

What are some alternatives?

When comparing home-manager and nix-shell 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.

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

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

gitignore.nix - Nix functions for filtering local git sources

Home Manager using Nix - Manage a user environment using Nix [maintainer=@rycee]

nix-config - my nix config files

nixpkgs - My Nix system configs!

nix-colors - Modules and schemes to make theming with Nix awesome.

nix-symlink - Nix utility for creating a derivation containing a single symlink.

nix-security-lab - Tool set for Information security professionals and all others