Alternative package manager for Atom.

Usage no npm install needed!

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Alternative package manager for Atom.


The default package manager apm currently has some deficiencies

  • There is little to no indication of task progress (e.g., when installing).
  • Packages are installed as-is from the source code at the time of publish. This means they come with all the dev files, such as tests. Compiled projects, such as ones using TypeScript or CoffeeScript, often need to pull in extra dependencies just to compile themselves.

What apx does:

  • Separates command steps into tasks, with updates as progress occurs. Also pipes npm output directly to the terminal.
  • When publishing, supports generating a GitHub release, and publishing a custom release asset (generated via npm pack) to it. When installing, apx will look for and use this asset before resorting to copying the source code.


  1. Have npm and NodeJS installed. Using a version manager, such as nvm, is highly recommended.
  2. Run
npm install -g @aerijo/apx

You can then use it on the command line. E.g.,

apx --version


apx is still being developed. See the output of apx --help for a list of current commands. For any command, run apx <command> --help to see a more detailed description of that command. E.g., apx install --help.

Planned features

  • doctor; inspect installation
  • clean; clean up Atom's config.cson, removing duplicates, uninstalled package settings, etc.
  • install; install package from atom.io. Look for apx-bundle-<version>.tar.gz over source code.
  • uninstall; uninstall package (fail on symlink) - if not installed, offer "did you mean"
  • update; update package to latest or specified version
  • outdated; list all packages with available updates
  • publish; register package version to atom.io & upload assets to GitHub
  • link; symlink to packages
  • unlink; remove symlink
  • info ; log package details