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WARNING : not stable

For now, the code really really needs to be cleaned, more unit test, and documentation


Stella is a collection of tools for command line application, environment management or sandboxing.

Main idea is to provide a simple way to create an isolated environment for you application. Every dependencies reside inside a single folder. Nothing is installed on the system. And you do not need sudo/root permissions.

Just declare your dependencies, from stella recipes, and stella will download, build and/or install them. Stella set also your environment right for each dependencies. Stella act as a package manager.

All you need is internet and git.

Work on Nix/Macos (bash scripts) and Windows systems (bat scripts).


  • A package manager (120+ recipes)
  • An app system for dependencies declaration, and isolated environment
  • A full integrated build system (make, autotools, cmake, ninja, ...)
  • A bunch of bash/bat functions through an API


For the whole list of commands use

./stella.sh -h
stella.bat -h


Easy way : with git

nix system :

git clone https://github.com/StudioEtrange/stella

windows system :

git clone https://github.com/StudioEtrange/stella
stella.bat stella install dep

With git but behind a proxy

nix system :

https_proxy="http://my.proxy.com"  http_proxy="http://my.proxy.com" git clone https://github.com/StudioEtrange/stella

windows system :

set "https_proxy=http://my.proxy.com"
set "http_proxy=http://my.proxy.com"
git clone https://github.com/StudioEtrange/stella
stella.bat stella install dep


Installation of a feature

A package is named a 'feature' in stella. This will download, build and install zlib v1.2.8.

./stella.sh feature install zlib#1_2_8

Create a sample app

This will create a folder my_app, and generate some samples inside

./stella.sh app init my_app --approot=../my_app --samples

Add a feature to an app

This will install lib jpeg and jq inside your folder app

cd my_app
./stella-link.sh feature install jq

To use this feature you can use it from your app' shell script (see sample-app.sh) :

_CURRENT_FILE_DIR="$( cd "$( dirname "${BASH_SOURCE[0]}" )" && pwd )"
. $_CURRENT_FILE_DIR/stella-link.sh include

or launch a shell with all your environment variables setted :

cd my_app
./stella-link.sh boot shell local

More Usage Examples

You can find in https://github.com/StudioEtrange/stella-app some examples of shell scripts and shell app using Stella

Tested Platforms

Mainly tested platforms are :

  • Ubuntu
  • RedHat / Centos
  • MacOs
  • Windows 7 / 10


Copyright 2013-2017 Sylvain Boucault @ StudioEtrange

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