Workspace Scripts

Workspace scripts can be executed with melos run or will be executed as lifecycle hooks of some specific Melos commands.

With the simple syntax, only the name of the script and the command to execute needs to be specified:

  hello: echo 'Hello World'

The extends syntax allows for a more complex configuration of a script:

    name: hey
    description: Greet the world
    run: echo '$GREETING World'
      GREETING: 'Hey'

Scripts are executed in a shell. On Windows the shell is cmd.exe and on all other platforms it is sh.

If multiple commands are being executed in a script and no further commands should be executed after a command has failed, connect the commands with &&:

  prepare: melos bootstrap && melos run build


A unique identifier for the script.


A short description, shown when using melos run with no argument.


The command to execute.


Execute a script in multiple packages through melos exec.

This options must either contain the command to execute in multiple packages or the options for the melos exec command.

When using the default options for melos exec, it's easiest to specify the command in the exec option:

    exec: echo 'Hello $(dirname $PWD)'

If you need to provide options for the exec command, specify them in the exec option and specify the command in the run option:

    run: echo 'Hello $(dirname $PWD)'
      concurrency: 1

See the packageFilters option for filtering the packages to execute the command in.


Defines the max concurrency value of how many packages will execute the command in at any one time. Defaults to 5.


Whether exec should fail fast and not execute the script in further packages if the script fails in an individual package. Defaults to false.


Whether exec should order the execution of the script in multiple packages based on the dependency graph of the packages. The script will be executed in leaf packages first and then in packages that depend on them and so on. This is useful for example, for a script that generates code in multiple packages, which depend on each other. Defaults to false.


A map of environment variables that will be passed to the executed command.


The melos exec command allows you to execute a command for multiple packages. When used in a script, you can declare filter options in the packageFilters section.

The hello_flutter script below is only executed in Flutter packages:

    exec: echo 'Hello $(dirname $PWD)'
      flutter: true

See the global options for a list of supported filters.

The filter names in packageFilters are camel cased. For example, for the equivalent of the command line option --file-exists use fileExists.

When running a script that uses packageFilters, you will be prompted to select the package to execute the script in. If you want to skip this prompt and run the script in all packages, use the --no-select option.


Certain Melos commands support running scripts before and after the command is executed, as well as at other interstring points in the command's execution.

All commands that support hooks, support at least the pre and post hook.

Hooks are configured in the hooks section of a command's configuration in the melos.yaml file.

      pre: echo `bootstrap command is running...`
      post: echo `bootstrap command is done`

Currently, the following Melos commands support hooks: