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What's XBPS?

The X Binary Package System (in short XBPS) is a new binary package system designed and implemented from scratch. Its goal is to be fast, easy to use, bug-free, featureful and portable as much as possible.

The XBPS code is totally compatible with POSIX/SUSv2/C99 standards, and released with a Simplified BSD license (2 clause). There is a well documented API provided by the XBPS Library that is the basis for its frontends to handle binary packages and repositories. Some highlights:

  • Supports multiple local and remote repositories (FTP/HTTP/HTTPS).
  • SHA256 hashes for package metadata, files and binary packages.
  • Supports package states (ala dpkg) to mitigate broken package installs/updates.
  • Ability to resume partial package install/updates.
  • Ability to unpack only files that have been modified in package updates.
  • Ability to use virtual packages.
  • Ability to replace packages.
  • Ability to put packages on hold (to never update them. NEW in 0.16).
  • Ability to preserve/update configuration files.
  • Ability to force reinstallation of any installed package.
  • Ability to downgrade any installed package.
  • Ability to execute pre/post install/remove/update scriptlets.
  • Ability to check package integrity: missing files, hashes, missing or unresolved (reverse)dependencies, dangling or modified symlinks, etc.
  • Low memory footprint.
  • Fast dependency resolver and sorting algorithms.

The latest stable version 0.25 was released on July 5th, 2013.

Do you want to try XBPS and judge by yourself? try Void Linux at



  • Join us at #xbps on
  • I'm interested in exotic hardware (mips, arm architectures) to port xbps and voidlinux (right now voidlinux can run on x86 (32/64 bits) and the Raspberry PI.
  • If you think this project is helpful in any way, would you like to help the author to continue developping it? you can help him contributing a small monetary donation via paypal.

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