Install Nx in a Non-Javascript Repo

Nx can manage its own installation without requiring a package.json file or a node_modules folder. This type of installation is useful for repositories that may not contain any JavaScript or TypeScript (e.g. .Net or Java based workspaces that want to leverage Nx features). In this setup, the Nx CLI is all contained within a .nx folder.


You can install Nx in the .nx/installation directory by running nx init in a directory without package.json, and picking to install Nx in the current directory.

When Nx is installed in .nx, you can run Nx via a global Nx installation or the nx and nx.bat scripts that were created. In either case, the wrapper (.nx/nxw.js) will be invoked and ensure that the current workspace is up to date prior to invoking Nx.

> nx build my-project

> nx generate application

> nx graph

Available since Nx v15.8.7

Support for --use-dot-nx-installation was added in Nx v15.8.7. To ensure that it is available, specify the version of nx when running your command so that npx doesn't accept an older version that is in the cache. (e.g. npx nx@latest init)