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A version manager for all your favorite languages and tools. A unified toolchain.

Supports Bun, Deno, Node (npm, pnpm, yarn), Rust, Go, and more.

  • # Install proto
  • curl -fsSL | bash
  • # Install Go
  • proto install go 1.20
  • # Use immediately
  • go run .

Backed by

  • Lightspeed interface

    Download, install, and run tools with lightspeed, thanks to our Rust based foundation.

  • Universal toolchain

    Manage multiple languages, dependency managers, or CLIs through a single interface.

  • Version detection

    Detects a version at runtime from a language's ecosystem for maximum compatibility.

  • Granular configuration

    Configure tools and their versions per directory, per project, or per user.

  • Pluggable architecture

    Extend the toolchain with custom plugins, enabling new and non-standard tools.

  • Environment

    Support environment specific tools, their versions, and environment variables.

Get started

Install proto for Linux, macOS, or WSL:

curl -fsSL | bash

Or Windows (full instructions):

irm | iex

Install a tool

proto install node 18

Run the tool

node ./main.mjs

# Or with proto
proto run node -- ./main.mjs

Supported tools

Why another version manager?

To start, proto powers moon's toolchain and integrated developer environment. We believed that the toolchain would be extremely beneficial for developers as a whole, and so we extracted proto out into a standalone Rust CLI and Rust crates that moon inherits.

Furthermore, we believe that requiring multiple ad-hoc version managers for all your languages, each with different workflows, CLI commands, and configuration files, is a poor developer experience.

Our goal is to unify all of these into a single performant interface. A toolchain manager is the next step in the version manager evolution.