GNU Guix and the GNU System

GNU Guix is a purely functional package manager for the GNU system, and a distribution thereof.

Dependable. In addition to standard package management features, Guix supports transactional upgrades and roll-backs, unprivileged package management, per-user profiles, and garbage collection. Read more...

Hackable. It provides Guile Scheme APIs, including high-level embedded domain-specific languages (EDSLs), to describe how packages are built and composed. Read more...

Liberating. A user-land free software distribution for GNU/Linux comes as part of Guix. Read more...

Guix is based on the Nix package manager.

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As of version 0.6, GNU Guix can be used on top of a running Linux-based system, on i686, x86_64, and mips64el, or using the virtual machine image. Its salient package management features are implemented. The distribution provides 600+ packages transparently available as pre-built binaries.

Work is in progress to build a stand-alone system. See the road map and get in touch with us!

Downloading Guix

Guix in its early development stages. It can be found on the GNU ftp server for alpha releases: (via HTTP) and (via FTP).

A QEMU virtual machine image showing preliminary work toward building a stand-alone GNU system distribution was released, and is available from the above URL. To run it, type: qemu-system-x86_64 -enable-kvm -m 1024 -net nic,model=e1000 -net user gnu-system-demo-0.6.qcow2

See the installation instructions from the manual.




The Guix-devel mailing list (archive) is used to discuss Guix, including development and enhancement requests. Until July 2013, the bug-Guix mailing list filled that role.

Use gnu-system-discuss (archive) for discussions about the broader GNU system.

Use guix-sysadmin (private mailing list) to report issues with system administration of Hydra and the build machines.

Use gnu-linux-libre (archive) for discussions about free system distributions.

Commit notifications

Guix-commits receives notifications of commits to the version control repository.


Announcements about Guix and most other GNU software are made on info-gnu (archive).

Security reports

Security reports that should not be made immediately public can be sent directly to the maintainer. If there is no response to an urgent issue, you can escalate to the general security mailing list for advice.

Internet relay chat

Some Guix users and developers hang out on the #guix channel of the Freenode IRC network (logs).

Reporting bugs

Use the bug-Guix (archive) mailing list to report bugs.

Before reporting a bug, please check whether the bug is already in the bug database.

Getting involved

Guix is developed using the Git version control system.

Anonymous checkout: git clone git://

You can also browse the Git repository with your web browser:

Commit notifications can be received on the Guix-commits mailing list.

Guix is implemented in Scheme, using GNU Guile. You do not need to be a Guile or Scheme expert to use Guix or to contribute packages to the distribution—that is what this talk demonstrated. Information on how to add packages to the distribution can be found in the manual.

Nonetheless, if you want to dive further into Guix, you will find it useful to browse Guile's manual or other introductory material about Scheme. Also, make sure to read the HACKING files for more details on the development setup, as well as the coding and cooperation conventions used in the Guix project.

A repository containing documents, supporting material of previous talks, and auxiliary information useful to hackers and maintainers is available at git://

Development of Guix, and GNU in general, is a volunteer effort, and you can contribute. For information, please read How to help GNU. If you'd like to get involved, it's a good idea to join the bug-guix mailing list (see above).


Guix is currently being maintained by Ludovic Courtès. Please use the mailing lists for contact.


Guix is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

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