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Erlang advanced project manager.
Why Enot?

  • powerful dependency management -> build stability
  • built deps caching locally and remotely -> increased build speed
  • json project configuration -> devOps and third-party tools are happy
  • Jinja2 templating -> dynamic environment-dependent configuration
  • automatic files build order -> no problems with parse-transform
  • easy deployment via EnotHub -> run enot install you/your_service on every machine
  • notes on security.

Be in touch: Blog



pip install enot


git clone
make install

Create project

Generate a project:

enot create project_name

This will create project_name directory with content:

  • src/ - application src file
  • src/project_name_app.erl - application file
  • src/project_name_sup.erl - top supervisor
  • enot_config.json - enot configuration file


Build a project (in project's dir):

enot build

This will build a project and put all beam files to ebin directory.
If you have c_src folder Enot will compile them to priv/
If you have deps specified in you config file - they will be downloaded to deps and also build.
.app file is generated from .app.src with all templates fill in (see Jinja2 templating)

Build speed-up


git clone
cd mongodb-erlang
time make

cd ../ && rm -rf mongodb-erlang && git clone
cd mongodb-erlang
time enot build

cd ../ && rm -rf mongodb-erlang && git clone
cd mongodb-erlang
time enot build


time make
real    0m8,407s

(no local cache) time enot build
real    0m6,609s

(with local cache) time enot build
real    0m1,357s

For small project with 3 deps enot is 2 seconds faster for the first time and 7 seconds faster for the second time.


To release a project (in project's dir):

enot release

This will build a project if not built, install relx if not installed, create relx.config, rel/vm.args, rel/sys.config if not exist and build a release using relx in _rel directory.

Package management api

To learn how to fetch, install, uninstall and list enot packages read commands.

Project Configuration

Enot configuration file is enot_config.json, it is placed in project_dir. It is in JSON format. Enot also supports rebar.config and Makefile ErlangMK's config.
For format, fields and examples read project configuration.

Dependency management

  • speficy deps in enot_config
  • deps update if tag changed in enot_config
  • deps auto update if newer dep presents in dependency tree
  • deps auto removing if dep is not used any more

More about dependency management.

Jinja2 templating

Enot allows you to use Jinja2 template engine in your app.src, relx.config, vm.args and sys.config.
After filling templates and making a release all file changes are reverted. Enot's files templates won't disturb you with endless git changes. For more information read templating.


Every dependency, fetched and built locally is saved to enot local cache. It is situated in user_cache_dir/enot: $HOME/.cache/enot for Linux. Cache path can be changed via enot global config. Cached applications are divided by namespace, project and erlang version, which was used in their compilation.
For example:

    "name" : "mongodb-erlang",
    "url" : "",
    "tag" : "v3.0.1"

Will be saved to $HOME/.cache/enot/comtihon/mongodb-erlang/v3.0.1/20, where path contains static path to cache $HOME/.cache/enot/ it can be specified in Enot global config. Dynamic path - Namespace/Project/Tag/Erlang_version.
Every time same version of Erlang and project will be used as dep in another project on this system - dep will be linked from cache to this project instead of downloading and compiling new.
There is also remote cache, where already built packages are kept. Enot searches packages in remote cache before cloning them from git and building. Remote cache can be set in Enot global config.
Besides using official remote Enot cache - EnotHub you can deploy your own remote cache. You can use multiple remote caches.

Global Enot Configuration

Enot global configuration is system wide Enot configuration file. It is in JSON format also and stored in user_config_dir/enot: $HOME/.config/enot for Linux.

  "compiler" : "enot",
  "temp_dir": "/tmp/enot",
      "name": "local",
      "type": "local",
      "url": "file://$HOME/.cache/enot"

Where: compiler is a default build system, which can be used to built projects.
Options are: enot,, rebar, rebar3, native (will determine compiler by content of the project, f.e. if there is rebar.config - will use rebar), makefile (just run make), bootstrap (just run ./bootstrap).
temp_dir is the system temp dir. It is used for downloading deps when building the project, before adding them to local cache.
cache is a list of caches. Each cache has its own configuration: is a name of the cache, which should be unique. It is for Enot only.
cache.type is a type of the cache. Options are: local and enot.
cache.url is a url of cache. Local caches use file:// as a protocol.

Unit testing

Put your unit tests in test folder (Enot support subdirectories) and run enot eunit. Eunit output will be redirected to std output. In case of error Enot's return code will be 1.

Common testing

Put your common tests in test folder (Enot support subdirectories) and run enot ct. Common test's output will be redirected to std output. In case of error Enot's return code will be 1.
--log-dir parameter can be specified to set up dir for logs where ct output is stored. Default if test/logs.

Enot Testing

To test Enot itself, clone this repo and run.

python install


make tests

Single Testcase:

py.test -q -s test/

Single Test

py.test -q -s test/
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