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You can install the pre-compiled binary (in several different ways), use Docker or compile from source.

Here are the steps for each of them:

Install the pre-compiled binary

homebrew tap (only on macOS for now):

$ brew install goreleaser/tap/nfpm


$ scoop bucket add goreleaser
$ scoop install nfpm


Download the .deb or .rpm from the releases page and install with dpkg -i and rpm -i respectively.

Shell script:

$ curl -sfL | sh


Download the pre-compiled binaries from the releases page and copy to the desired location.

Running with Docker

You can also use it within a Docker container. To do that, you'll need to execute something more-or-less like the following:

$ docker run --rm \
  -v $PWD:/tmp/pkg \
  goreleaser/nfpm pkg --config /tmp/pkg/foo.yml --target /tmp/pkg/foo.rpm

Compiling from source

Here you have two options:

If you want to contribute to the project, please follow the steps on our contributing guide.

If you just want to build from source for whatever reason, follow these steps:


$ git clone
$ cd nfpm

Get the dependencies:

$ go mod tidy


$ go build -o nfpm cmd/nfpm/main.go

Verify it works:

$ ./nfpm --version