Getting Started

Melos requires a few one-off steps to be completed before you can start using it.


Melos can be installed as a global package via

dart pub global activate melos


To set up your project to use Melos, create a melos.yaml file in the root of the project.

Within the melos.yaml file, add name and packages fields:

name: my_project

  - packages/**

The packages list should contain paths to the individual packages within your project. Each path can be defined using the glob pattern expansion format.

Consider setting usePubspecOverrides to true, if you are using Dart 2.17.0 or greater:

    usePubspecOverrides: true

This enables a new mechanism for linking local packages, which integrates better with other tooling (e.g. dart tool, flutter tool, IDE plugins) than the mechanism currently being used by default. Please read the documentation for usePubspecOverrides before enabling this feature.


Once installed & setup, Melos needs to be bootstrapped. Bootstrapping has 2 primary roles:

  1. Installing all package dependencies (internally using pub get).
  2. Locally linking any packages together.

Why do I need to bootstrap?

In normal projects, packages can be linked by providing a path within the pubspec.yaml. This works for small projects however presents a problem at scale. Packages cannot be published with a locally defined path, meaning once you're ready to publish your packages you'll need to manually update all the packages pubspec.yaml files with the versions. If your packages are also tightly coupled (dependencies of each other), you'll also have to manually check which versions should be updated. Even with a few packages this can become a long and error-prone task.

Melos solves this problem by overriding local files which the Dart analyzer uses to read packages from. If a local package exists (defined in the melos.yaml file) and a different local package has it listed as a dependency, it will be linked regardless of whether a version has been specified.

Next steps

Once successfully bootstrapped, you can develop your packages side-by-side with changes to a single package immediately reflecting across other dependent packages.

Melos also provides other helpful features such as running scripts across all packages. For example, to run dart analyzer in each package, add a new script item in your melos.yaml:

name: my_project

  - packages/**

    exec: dart analyze .

Then execute the command by running melos run analyze.

If you're looking for some inspiration as to what scripts can help with, check out the FlutterFire repository.

If you are using VS Code, there is an extension available, to integrate Melos with VS Code.