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Manage dotfiles with stow

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Manage dotfiles with stow

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  • Group dotfiles into units (stow packages)
  • Automatically symlink (stow) files
  • Backup dotfiles with git
  • Powered by GNU Stow


pip3 install dotstow



Note that unlike many dotfile syncing tools, this is powered by GNU Stow. This means your dotfiles must be stored inside stow packages (subfolders) instead of the root of your repo. This prevents cluttering your home directory with unwanted files, like your It also enables you to only install dotfiles you want on that computer.


Create a remote dotfiles repo. You can create one at GitHub.

Run the following command

dotstow sync

Creating a stow package

mkdir ~/.dotfiles/my-stow-package

Adding dotfiles to stow package

mv ~/.some-dotfile ~/.dotfiles/my-stow-package

Syncing dotfiles

dotstow sync


The following example demonstrates syncing your .zshrc file with dotstow

mkdir ~/.dotstow/zsh       # creates a new stow package called 'zsh'
mv ~/.zshrc ~/.dotstow/zsh # adds dotfiles to the 'zsh' stow package
dotstow zsh                # symlinks the 'zsh' stow package
dotstow sync               # syncs your dotfiles


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MIT License

Jam Risser © 2018


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