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title: "Search Packages in Nix"
date: 2022-08-24T10:53:22+05:30
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keywords: [nix search]
description: ""
tags: [nix]
categories: [linux]
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Normally if you run `nix search <package>` it will complain about something experimental.
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Assuming you read the message and understand what you are getting yourself into, follow the instructions to enable search. Alternatively, you can search on [https://search.nixos.org/](https://search.nixos.org/).
Put the following in `~/.config/nix/nix.conf`
```
experimental-features = nix-command flakes
```
Now search will work but it will rebuild cache every time you search. To avoid building cache, run `nix registry pin nixpkgs`.
Search packages with `nix search nixpkgs <package>`.
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