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CLI tool for profiling Haskell dependencies build times. See README.md for more details.

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Dependencies aeson (>=2.1 && <2.2), aeson-pretty (>=0.8.9 && <0.9), ansi-terminal (>=0.11 && <0.12), async (>=2.2 && <2.3), base (>=4.15 && <4.17), bytestring (>=0.11 && <0.12), colourista (>=0.1 && <0.2), dr-cabal, optparse-applicative (>=0.17 && <0.18), relude (>=1.1 && <1.2), terminal-size (>=0.3.3 && <0.4) [details]
License MPL-2.0
Copyright 2022 Dmitrii Kovanikov
Author Dmitrii Kovanikov
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Category Profiling, Development
Home page https://github.com/chshersh/dr-cabal
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Source repo head: git clone https://github.com/chshersh/dr-cabal.git
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dr-cabal is a CLI tool for profiling Haskell dependencies build times.

dr-cabal demo

ℹ️ DISCLAIMER: This project is developed and maintained in free time by volunteers. The development may continue for decades or may stop tomorrow. You can use GitHub Sponsorship to support the development of this project.


dr-cabal is a CLI tool written in Haskell and can be installed either from Hackage or from this repository.


To start using dr-cabal, make sure you have the required version of cabal-install (a Haskell build tool) and GHC (a Haskell compiler) installed:


To install the latest version of dr-cabal from Hackage, follow these steps:

  1. Update Hackage index:

    cabal update
  2. Build dr-cabal from Hackage and copy the resulting executable into the desired location (e.g. $HOME/.local/bin):

    cabal install dr-cabal \
        --install-method=copy \
        --overwrite-policy=always \

ℹ️ NOTE: Make sure the $HOME/.local/bin directory or the directory of your choice is listed in $PATH.


To build the latest version of dr-cabal from sources, follow these steps:

  1. Clone this repository:

    git clone https://github.com/chshersh/dr-cabal.git
    cd dr-cabal
  2. Build the package:

    cabal build
  3. Copy executable to the desired location:

    cp $(cabal list-bin exe:dr-cabal) ~/.local/bin/dr-cabal

ℹ️ NOTE: Make sure the ~/.local/bin directory or the directory of your choice is listed in $PATH.

Quick start guide

Run the following command to view interactive profiling report:

cabal --store-dir=$(mktemp -d) build --dependencies-only all | dr-cabal profile


This section explains the above command:

  1. dr-cabal watches the output of the cabal build command to produce the profiling report. Step into the directory of the Haskell project you want to profile and pipe the output of cabal build to dr-cabal profile.
  2. Currently, dr-cabal can profile only dependencies. So you can pass the --dependencies-only to avoid extra wait.
  3. cabal caches built dependencies. You can specify a custom directory for storing build artifacts using the --store-dir flag to build the dependencies anew.
  4. The $(mktemp -d) command generates a temporary directory so you can run the build time profiler in an isolated location.

⚠️ WARNING: To get meaningful results, including downloading of packages, the dr-cabal watch command needs to be run when none of the dependencies are build (i.e. with cold cabal cache). If you've already build you project, including dependencies, you can purge global Cabal cache using the following command:

rm -rf ~/.cabal


ℹ️ In this section, a more verbose cabal-install command from "Quick start guide" is replaced with shorter cabal build.

dr-cabal supports profiling of documentation as well, you only need to pass relevant flags to cabal build:

cabal build --enable-documentation --haddock-all | dr-cabal profile

To cache the profiling results in JSON (and avoid building the project again), use the --output flag:

cabal build | dr-cabal profile --output=my_file.json

Once you successfully produced a JSON file with all the recorded steps, run the following command to pretty-print the profiling output:

⚠️ WARNING: For better results, make your terminal full-screen.

dr-cabal profile --input=my_file.json

You'll see the output like on the image below:

dr-cabal bigger example