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Installing a package
Packages can be installed from multiple sources. For most users, we recommend installing them from the Espanso Hub, as those packages have been manually verified by the Espanso team.
For advanced use-cases, you can also install packages from external sources. This section assumes you'll install packages from the Hub, as that's the most common behavior.
After choosing your package of choice on the Hub, you can install it by opening a terminal and running:
espanso install <package_name>
<package_name> being the identifier for your desired package.
For example, if you want to install the lorem package, you can do so with:
espanso install lorem
Installing a specific version
Espanso installs the latest version by default, but you can also install a specific one with:
espanso install <package_name> --version <package_version>
espanso install html-utils-package --version 0.1.0
Forcing an installation
By default, Espanso will prevent installing a package if already installed. However, there are times when you might want to force an installation anyway.
For example, if you locally edited a package to adapt some changes and you would
like to roll-back to the official version, you can do so with the
espanso install lorem --force
This will force Espanso to install the package anyway.
Uninstalling a package
You can uninstall a package by opening a terminal and running:
espanso uninstall <package_name>
espanso uninstall lorem
Listing installed packages
Espanso provides a command to easily check which packages are installed. Open a terminal and run:
espanso package list
Where are packages stored?
Under the hoods, packages are nothing more than regular YAML configuration files with some metadata.
In recent Espanso versions, these are stored alongside your YAML matches, under the
You can find where packages are stored by running the following command in a terminal:
espanso path packages
You can update a package by running the following command in a terminal:
espanso package update <package_name>
espanso package update lorem
Updating all packages
You can also update all packages at once by running the following command:
espanso package update all