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Self hosted Dart Pub Server. Host your enterprise Dart packages internally using the same web interface and tools as pub.dev.

unpubd #

A docker container and management tools for running a local dart package respository.

Unpubd is essentially an installer for the unpub package.

The install creates two docker containers mongo, and unpubd.

Mongo provides the database for the packages and unpubd the web interface and api for the dart pub command.

Once installed and configured you can publish packages to a local repository.

Unpubd also acts as local proxy for pub.dev.

To use unpubd you can either use the unpub command in place of 'dart pub' or set up an environment variable PUB_HOSTED_URL which will cause dart pub to use your local repository.

Installation #

Prerequisites #

  • Docker
  • docker-compose

To install unpubd #

Start by installing the prequesites note above.

Then run.

dart pub global activate unpubd
unpubd install

When you install unpubd it will ask you for a port no. (defaults to 4000) to expose unpubd on. You can changes this to any port between 1025 and 65000). Just make sure the port isn't already in use.

Starting unpubd #

To start unpubd in the foreground

unpubd up

To start unpubd in the background

unpub up --detach

Stopping unpubd #

If you are using unpubd in the foreground then just hit ctrl-c to terminate the app.

If th unpubd is running in the background run:

unpubd stop

Using unpubd #

The pub get/outdated/upgrade/publish commands all interact with pub.dev

Note: both flutter pub and dart pub work the with the same changes desribed below.

Two methods are available to redirect the pub command to use your local package repository.

1) set PUB_HOSTED_URL environment variable #

If you set the PUB_HOSTED_URL environment variable to point to your local repository then both dart pub and flutter pub will use your local repo.

You need to configure the environment variable so it is avialable in your shell.

Once PUB_HOSTED_URL is created you can run any pub command and your local repository will be used.

On linux: #

export PUB_HOSTED_URL=http://localhost:4000

On Windows #

Add the same URL to your PATH via the registry.

On MacOS #

Drop me a line if you know the details :)

2) use unpub #

The unpub command (as opposed to unpubd which we used during the install) is simply a pass through mechanism to dart pub. The unpub command dynamically sets the PUB_HOSTED_URL and then calls dart pub with the same arguments.

  • unpub - for user of the Dart SDK use:
  • funpub - For users of the Flutter SDK use:

This approach has the advantage in that if you need to revert to using pub.dev you can just revert to using dart pub/flutter pub and you don't have to create any environment variables.

Publishing to unpubd #

To publish your packages to unpubd (rather than pub.dev) you need to add a 'publish_to' key to your packages pubspec.yaml.

name: dcli
description: Dart console SDK
version: 1.0.0
repository: https://github.com/noojee/dcli
homepage: dcli.noojee.dev

publish_to: http://your-unpubd-server.com

Now when you run pub publish for your package it will be published to your unpubd server.

Added dependencies #

If you run dart pub with the PUB_HOSTED_URL or unpub then pub will automatically try to pull dependencies from unpubd.

However you can also ensure that your package dependencies are always pulled from unpubd by altering the dependency in pubspec.yaml to a 'hosted' dependency.

      url: http://your-unpubd-server.com
      version: ˆ1.0.0

This technique is also useful if you are preparing a PR for a public package. You can first publish it to your unpubd server and test it internally before pushing the PR.

I find this particularly useful while you are waiting for a public package to accept and publish your PR.

unpubd Commands #

unpubd suports a number of commands

unpubd install #

Installs unpubd and the docker containser

unpubd reset #

Deletes the docker containers and volumes.

WARNING: all of you local packages will be deleted.

unpub up #

Starts the unpubd and mongo docker containsers.

unpub down #

Shuts down the unpubd and mongo containers.

Building #

This section is for developers of unpubd.

prerequisites #

  • Docker
  • docker-compose
  • dcli (pub global activate dcli)
  • pub_release (pub global activate pub_release)
  • critical_test (pub global activate critical_test)

Release #

To create a release of unpubd

dcli pack

The release process builds and publishes docker images to the Noojee repository (you need to be an admin on the docker hub noojee repo) and publishes the package to pub.dev.

faster docker builds #

When making source code changes that need require a rebuild of you docker images you can use the --clone switch.

tool\build.dart --clone

This command will only re-clone the source from git hub and only rebuild the docker steps required.

If you need to force a full rebuild of the docker container use:

tool\build.dart --clean
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Self hosted Dart Pub Server. Host your enterprise Dart packages internally using the same web interface and tools as pub.dev.

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