using elixir master branch using nix and nix-shell

There were some noteable changes that landed on the master branch in elixir today, related to improving the compilation, and I wanted to try out the latest version of elixir that was on the master branch.

Since I use nix for setting up my projects, the latest version of elixir was not yet available as nix package. So I was looking into options on how I can use the latest master branch with nix-shell.

One option was to use override the package derivation and pin it to master branch, but after a bit more googling I went ahead with another option of using overlays

Here is how my nix-shell looks like:

{ sources ? import ./nix/sources.nix }:
with sources;

  project_name = "til_codes";
  pkgs = import sources.nixpkgs { overlays = [ (import ./nix/elixir.nix) ]; config = { }; };
  inherit (pkgs.lib) optional optionals;
pkgs.mkShell {
  buildInputs = with pkgs; [

and nix/elixir.nix as follows:

self: super: {
  elixir = (super.beam.packagesWith super.erlang).elixir.override {
    src = builtins.fetchGit {
      url = "";
      ref = "master";
    minimumOTPVersion = "22";

The advantage of using overlays over overrides is that overlays can be further customised if needed.

Hope that helps someone