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The Currying library allows you to partially apply (or 'curry') any Elixir function, in a very transparent way.

This is useful if you only know what part of the arguments are going to be at this time. The main advantage of Currying over Elixir's normal anonymous function syntax, is that you can stepwise insert more and more arguments, instead of having to supply them right away.

This becomes even more useful when working with algebraic data types; Currying allows things like applicative functors to exist.


If available in Hex, the package can be installed as:

  • Add currying to your list of dependencies in mix.exs:

    def deps do
      [{:currying, "~> 0.1.0"}]


To use this functionality elsewhere, call use Currying from within your code.

If you want to use the shorthand curry operator ~> for convenience, call use Currying, operator: true.

How to Curry

You can create a curried version of a function by using curry/1. It is also possible to create already-partially-applied functions by using curry/2 or curry_many/2.

Application of these functions can be done by calling the functions with a new argument, such as:

  iex> enum_map = curry(&
  iex> partially_applied_enum_map = enum_map.([1,2,3])
  iex> results = partially_applied_enum_map.(fn x -> x*x end)

It is also possible to call curry or curry_many again on an already-curried function, without any problem.

When new arguments are passed to these functions, the partially applied function will be filled in one-by-one.