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Package management using a file server and path conventions.
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Parcel is easy package management using a file server and path conventions, with built in support for Amazon S3. It is designed to encode package metadata, including name, version and OS within a path. The conventions allow this metadata to be queried, without the need for a database.


$ npm install parcel -g

Install for development:

$ git clone
$ cd parcel
$ npm link


Command Line

To publish a package, invoke the command:

$ parcel publish repo.json MyApp-v1.0.1.dmg -p macosx.json

The first argument is a file containing repository configuration. An example repo.json for an S3 repository would look like:

    "url": "s3://",
    "pattern": ":name/:os/:version/:filename",
    "accessKeyId": "INSERT_ACCESS_KEY_ID_HERE",
    "secretAccessKey": "INSERT_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY_HERE"

url contains the url of the S3 repository, and pattern declares the path conventions in use. Properties of the package will be substitued into this pattern when uploading the package.

Parcel can infer many properties of the package. The optional -p argument allows properties to be declared explicitly.

  "name": "my-app",
  "os": "macosx",
  "pattern": "MyApp-v:version.dmg"

Once packages are published, they can be queried:

$ parcel query repo.json my-app

$ parcel query repo.json my-app@1.0.1


The command line interface is built on top of an API. Parcel can be required as a module, and this API can be used programmatically.

Related Modules


$ npm install
$ make test


Apache License, Version 2.0

Copyright (c) 2013 Sifteo Inc. <>

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