A cross-platform package manager for the web!
Add, remove, and manage different versions of web-distributed software binaries. No elevated permissions required!
Warning: This repo is still under development and has not stabilized. There may be frequent breaking changes until a 1.x release.
Package recipes are located in the webman-pkgs repo. Recipes are simple YAML files that make it easy to submit a new package. Webman locates version numbers online and installs packages from the web, so you'll always have the most up-to-date software available!
Windows (Powershell), Linux, and MacOS are supported!
webman by running the following command in MacOS, Linux, or Git Bash for Windows :
curl https://raw.githubusercontent.com/candrewlee14/webman/main/scripts/install.sh | sh
NOTE: Never blindly run a shell script from the internet. Please check the source shell file
scripts/install.shAlternatively, download the latest release manually.
I wanted a cross-platform package manager like webi with no dependencies, a nice CLI, and a simple package configuration format. I wanted a generalized version of nvm, nvm-windows, and gvm for easily switching between package versions. I wanted an easy way to install groups of packages, like the tools in modern-unix.
That's why I built
webman's resources are located in
~/.webman. The only directory that needs to go on your system PATH is
~/.webman/bin. Simply remove the
~/.webman directory and all of webman's packages and resources will be removed.
Security is an important priority to me here. Package recipes cannot specify commands to be run, only endpoints to access. Everything is implemented in Go.
Below are examples of adding, removing, and switching with webman.
webman add go will install the latest version of Go.
webman add [email protected] will install a specific version (
0.9.1) of Zig.
webman add rg lsd zig node go [email protected] will install each of the package versions listed.
webman group add modern-unix will allow checkbox selections for adding packages in the
webman run go will run the in-use version of Go (if installed).
webman run [email protected] --version will run a specific version (
0.9.1) of Zig with the argument
webman run node:npm --version will run
npm --version using the in-use version of node.
webman remove go will allow you to select an installed version of the Go package to uninstall/
webman group remove modern-unix will allow checkbox selections for removing packages in the
Switch to Other Versions of Software
webman switch go will allow you to select an installed version of the
go package to switch to use. If
rg --version previously showed
13.0.0, try running
webman switch rg and selecting version
12.0.0 (after it has been installed). Running
rg --version again will say
Webman does version management.
Check Packages & Test Locally
You can create new package recipes by adding a simple recipe file in a cloned webman-pkgs directory. Check if it is in a valid format with
webman dev check [WEBMAN-PKGS-DIR].
webman dev bintest [NEW-PKG] -l [WEBMAN-PKGs-DIR] will do a cross-platform installation test on a package.
The package recipe format was built around making it easy to contribute new packages to webman, so if you're missing a package, go ahead and create it!
Run the script above or download the binary for your OS and architecture here.
Alternatively, if you have Go installed, run:
go install https://github.com/candrewlee14/webman@latest
~/.webman/bin to your system PATH. If you are on Windows, use
%USERPROFILE% instead of
Now you're ready to use webman! Hope you enjoy :)
You can update webman at any time using
webman add webman --switch.