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Composer vs Nix: What are the differences?

Developers describe Composer as "Dependency Manager for PHP". Composer 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. On the other hand, Nix is detailed as "*A package manager for Linux and other Unix systems *". 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.

Composer and Nix belong to "Package Managers" category of the tech stack.

Composer and Nix are both open source tools. It seems that Composer with 20.5K GitHub stars and 5.56K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Nix with 2.57K GitHub stars and 453 GitHub forks.

Walls.io, Zumba, and Infoshare are some of the popular companies that use Composer, whereas Nix is used by RELEX Solutions, Grafted-In, and Chill Code. Composer has a broader approval, being mentioned in 138 company stacks & 246 developers stacks; compared to Nix, which is listed in 7 company stacks and 6 developer stacks.

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    What is 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.

    What is 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.

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    What are some alternatives to Composer and Nix?
    Docker Compose
    With Compose, you define a multi-container application in a single file, then spin your application up in a single command which does everything that needs to be done to get it running.
    Docker
    The Docker Platform is the industry-leading container platform for continuous, high-velocity innovation, enabling organizations to seamlessly build and share any application — from legacy to what comes next — and securely run them anywhere
    Kubernetes
    Kubernetes is an open source orchestration system for Docker containers. It handles scheduling onto nodes in a compute cluster and actively manages workloads to ensure that their state matches the users declared intentions.
    Docker Swarm
    Swarm serves the standard Docker API, so any tool which already communicates with a Docker daemon can use Swarm to transparently scale to multiple hosts: Dokku, Compose, Krane, Deis, DockerUI, Shipyard, Drone, Jenkins... and, of course, the Docker client itself.
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