Version 0.13.1 is a new release; it fixes several issues and adds support for inheritance in build configurations.

xpm is a Node.js CLI application to manage xPacks dependencies.


xpm is a Node.js module that can be installed with npm.

For the prerequisites, since it is recommended to use a version manager or to customize the npm install location, please read the Install page for more details.

To install the latest stable version available, use:

npm uninstall --global xpm
npm install --global xpm@latest

To install this specific version, use:

xpm install --global xpm@0.13.1


The 0.13.1 release is generally compatible with previous releases.

The main change is adding support for inheritance in build configurations, to reduce redundancy in related (debug/release) configurations.

This is achieved by using the inherit property; for example:

      "native-cmake-release": {
        "inherit": [
        "properties": {
          "buildType": "Release"

Bug fixes

  • [#133] by design, the content of the packages installed in the central store is expected to be read only; due to a node documentation issue, changing file mode to R/O on Windows was not effective; fixed


  • [#134] implement buildConfiguration inheritance
  • [#135] add --ignore-errors to run & install to allow scripts to continue
  • [#136] when referring to a non existent configuration, a stack trace was shown; fixed
  • [#131] improve error message to suggest --global

Other changes


Known problems

  • [#57] when multiple versions of the same package are referenced via different dependencies paths, the program fails; version mitigation will be implemented in a future release.


The program interprets --help and displays a top help page:

% xpm --help

The xPack project manager command line tool
Usage: xpm <command> [<subcommand>...] [<options> ...] [<args>...]

where <command> is one of:
  init, install, link, list, run, uninstall

Common options:
  --loglevel <level>     Set log level (silent|warn|info|verbose|debug|trace)
  -s|--silent            Disable all messages (--loglevel silent)
  -q|--quiet             Mostly quiet, warnings and errors (--loglevel warn)
  --informative          Informative (--loglevel info)
  -v|--verbose           Verbose (--loglevel verbose)
  -d|--debug             Debug messages (--loglevel debug)
  -dd|--trace            Trace messages (--loglevel trace, -d -d)
  --no-update-notifier   Skip check for a more recent version
  -C <folder>            Set current folder

xpm -h|--help            Quick help
xpm <command> -h|--help  Quick help on command
xpm --version            Show version
xpm -i|--interactive     Enter interactive mode

npm xpm@0.13.1 '/Users/ilg/.nvm/versions/node/v14.16.0/lib/node_modules/xpm'
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Similar pages are available for each command.

For more details, the project documentation is available online from the web site.

Supported platforms

npm is a portable application that can run on Windows, macOS and GNU/Linux, both Intel and Arm.

CI tests

Continuous integration tests are done via GitHub Actions.

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