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What is Hex?

Hex is package manager for the Erlang VM. This project currently provides tasks that integrate with Mix, Elixir's build tool.
Hex is a tool in the Package Managers category of a tech stack.
Hex is an open source tool with 577 GitHub stars and 120 GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Hex's open source repository on GitHub

Who uses Hex?

Companies
4 companies reportedly use Hex in their tech stacks, including inkl, Cinch Financial, and Hacker Experience.

Developers
9 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Hex.

Hex Integrations

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Hex Reviews

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Sebastian Gębski
Sebastian Gębski
CTO at Shedul/Fresha · | 7 upvotes · 44.3K views
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Elixir
Elixir
Phoenix Framework
Phoenix Framework
Erlang
Erlang
Credo
Credo
Hex
Hex
AppSignal
AppSignal

Another major decision was to adopt Elixir and Phoenix Framework - the DX (Developer eXperience) is pretty similar to what we know from RoR, but this tech is running on the top of rock-solid Erlang platform which is powering planet-scale telecom solutions for 20+ years. So we're getting pretty much the best from both worlds: minimum friction & smart conventions that eliminate the excessive boilerplate AND highly concurrent EVM (Erlang's Virtual Machine) that makes all the scalability problems vanish. The transition was very smooth - none of Ruby developers we had decided to leave because of Elixir. What is more, we kept recruiting Ruby developers w/o any requirement regarding Elixir proficiency & we still were able to educate them internally in almost no time. Obviously Elixir comes with some more tools in the stack: Credo , Hex , AppSignal (required to properly monitor BEAM apps).

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Hex Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to Hex?
Composer
It is a tool for dependency management in PHP. It allows you to declare the libraries your project depends on and it will manage (install/update) them for you.
Homebrew
Homebrew installs the stuff you need that Apple didn’t. Homebrew installs packages to their own directory and then symlinks their files into /usr/local.
NuGet
A free and open-source package manager designed for the Microsoft development platform. It is also distributed as a Visual Studio extension.
Nix
It makes package management reliable and reproducible. It provides atomic upgrades and rollbacks, side-by-side installation of multiple versions of a package, multi-user package management and easy setup of build environments.
Chocolatey
It is based on a developer-centric package manager called NuGet. Unlike manual installations, It adds, updates, and uninstalls programs in the background requiring very little user interaction.
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Hex's Followers
23 developers follow Hex to keep up with related blogs and decisions.
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