A Developer Pill
The developer pill process has been automated and the most up-to-date developer pill is available at
Prior pills are available by timestamp, and we will have a Resources page listing those for your convenience soon.
The content currently remains %base %citadel %autoprop %docs %garden %webterm %argo %cliff, with
soon as the upstream source for UF/Tlon desks.
You can boot a ship using the latest developer pill by either downloading the pill and using the -B flag, or using the -u flag with the URL.
A pill is a bootstrap sequence to launch an Urbit ship for the first time. For most of Urbit's history, developers and users have typically used the supplied standard pill for booting their ships. Core developers would produce custom pills as a matter of testing changes in Arvo, but otherwise alternative pills were mostly ignored.
Today the Urbit Foundation unveils a new developer-oriented pill, which contains tools out-of-the-box to ease development and encourage best practices.
The current pill contains the desks:
To use the pill, boot your developer ship with the
-B option and the current pill. (We will timestamp developer pills and maintain a public changelog.)
urbit -B dev-20221111.pill -F zod
Alternatively, use the
-u flag and the URL of the source pill.
urbit -u https://storage.googleapis.com/media.urbit.org/developers/dev-latest.pill -F zod
We expect the developer pill to evolve over time as new apps come out and newer libraries and practices supersede others.
This brass pill was built using a slightly modified pill builder (to include
/doc folders in
/gen/brass.pill). A few minor changes are made to the standard desks:
No desks relying on
glob-ames can be installed without modification, as Ames is not visible to a development fakeship.
The pill was built as a brass pill, e.g.:
.brass/pill +brass %base %argo %citadel %cliff %docs %garden %webterm
If there are other developer-friendly apps that come online in the future, let us know and we'll be happy to consider them.