Nix and NixOS are developed and used by a diverse and welcoming community from all around the world.

The NixOS Foundation aims to promote participation without regard to gender, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, age, or similar personal characteristics.

We want to strive to create and foster community by providing an intentionally welcoming and safe environment where all feel valued and cared for, and where all are given opportunity to participate meaningfully. The Foundation will work with the community in service of this goal.

Where to talk?


Real-time help, development chat, and off-topic community discussion takes place on Matrix.

NixOS Matrix Space


The official forum is the right place to get help from other users and discuss the development of the projects. There are also Announcements, Job offers and Events.

Discourse Forum

Other Platforms

The community is also active on other platforms.

If you are looking for profesional help check out companies that offer Nix related services.


The NixCon Team organizes a conference once a year.

Last Conference

NixCon 2020 - Online

NixCon is a community-oriented conference for contributors and users of Nix and NixOS. It's about sharing experiences, inspiring people and discussing future development.

Previous Conferences

NixCon 2019 - Brno

NixCon is becoming a regular gathering that everybody expects to happen. This year we met at Brno, Czech Republic. This was the biggest conference so far.

NixCon 2018 - London

For the first time a Nix conference outside the Germany. London was the first conference that was not run over the weekend, but during the week.

NixCon 2017 - Munich

After a year of a break, Nix community gathered at TNG Technology Consulting in Munich.

NixCon 2015 - Berlin

Taking place in a Berlin-style converted loft, it was the first NixOS conference. It was the first time Nix community came together in such numbers. In two days there were many interesting talks.


RFC Process

The "RFC" (request for comments) process is intended to provide a consistent and controlled path for new features to enter the Nix language, packages and OS, so that all community can be confident about the direction the ecosystem is evolving in.

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RFC Steering Committee

Responsible for forming an RFC Shepherd team from the available nominations on each RFC, which is then responsible for accepting or rejecting a specific RFC.

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Security Team

Security is a priority for the NixOS community. In addition to community-sourced developments, NixOS has a dedicated team, to look into privately reported security issues.

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Infrastructure Team

The responsibility of this team is to provide infrastructure for the Nix and NixOS community.

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NixOS Release Team

A team that twice a year manages a release of NixOS. It is responsible the entire release process from setting the roadmap to uploading the artifacts.

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NixCon Team

A team that helps organize NixCon, a conference for the Nix and NixOS community.

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Marketing Team

Its main responsibility is this website and the content on it. Apart from the team looks for ways to help and improve general communication of the project.

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Discourse Team

It configures and moderates the Discourse forum.

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NixOS Foundation

Board members:

  • Eelco Dolstra - Chairman
  • Armijn Hemel - Secretary
  • Rob Vermaas - Treasurer

The mission!

The mission of the foundation is to support the Nix ecosystem's infrastructure, and projects implementing the purely functional deployment model.

In particular, the foundation supports Nix, Nixpkgs, NixOS, and operates:

  • - the NixOS binary cache, containing over 120TB of prebuilt Nix packages.
  • - a Nix build farm, consisting of hundreds of macOS, x86-64 (Linux) and aarch64 (Linux) build cores. Hydra executes over 350,000 builds each week.

The NixOS Foundation is a registered non-profit organisation at the Chamber of commerce (Kamer van Koophandel) in Utrecht, The Netherlands. The KvK number is 63520583.

You can contact the foundation by writing an email to