Install System Packages

Install system packages

When using some modules or tools, you may want to install some packages. Unfortunately, due to security reasons, you can't run commands using sudo in CodeSandbox Repositories - but you can use Nix as a drop-in replacement. You can read about this more on the workspace limitations page.

Fortunately, Nix (opens in a new tab) provides most of the packages that you will likely need. You just have to replace the commands for sudo apt-get install or sudo apt install with nix-env -i - that's all. You can check out the available packages in Nix on https://search.nixos.org/packages (opens in a new tab).

For example, to install Google Chrome on Debian, you would use sudo apt install chromium. In CodeSandbox Repositories, just run nix-env -i chromium and you will get the same result.

Tip: Don't forget to add this command as a setup task so that you don't have to run this command on every newly created branch. CodeSandbox Repositories will make it available for you immediately!

As an alternative approach to installing packages, you can define a file in the root of your project called csb.nix and configure which packages should be automatically installed from the Nix package store (opens in a new tab). To use this configuration on every branch, you have to commit this file back to your main branch.

See an example configuration below:

with import <nixpkgs> {};
stdenv.mkDerivation {
    name = "csb";
    buildInputs = [
    shellHook = ''
        export PATH="$PWD/node_modules/.bin/:$PATH"