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Compare the public API of different versions of a Hackage library. Detect breaking changes before you update or upload a new version.

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Sample output for hackage-diff cereal 0.2

Downloading Hoogle DBs...
Parsing Hoogle DBs...
Comparing Hoogle DBs...

--- Diff for | 0.2 → | ---

+ Data.Serialize.IEEE754
  + getFloat32be :: Get Float
  + getFloat32le :: Get Float
  + getFloat64be :: Get Double
  + getFloat64le :: Get Double
  + putFloat32be :: Float -> Put
  + putFloat32le :: Float -> Put
  + putFloat64be :: Double -> Put
  + putFloat64le :: Double -> Put
× Data.Serialize
  + instance Serialize a => GSerialize (K1 i a)
  + instance GSerialize a => GSerialize (M1 i c a)
  + instance (GSerialize a, GSerialize b) => GSerialize (a :*: b)
  + instance GSerialize U1
  + instance GSerialize a => GetSum (C1 c a)
  + instance (GetSum a, GetSum b, GSerialize a, GSerialize b) => GetSum (a :+: b)
  + instance GSerialize a => PutSum (C1 c a)
  + instance (PutSum a, PutSum b, GSerialize a, GSerialize b) => PutSum (a :+: b)
  + instance SumSize (C1 c a)
  + instance (SumSize a, SumSize b) => SumSize (a :+: b)
  + decodeLazy :: Serialize a => ByteString -> Either String a
  + encodeLazy :: Serialize a => a -> ByteString
  - data Get a
  - type Put = PutM ()
  - type Putter a = a -> Put
  - getWord8 :: Get Word8
  - putWord8 :: Putter Word8
× Data.Serialize.Get
  + Done :: r -> ByteString -> Result r
  + instance Eq More
  + Fail :: String -> Result r
  + instance Functor Result
  + Partial :: (ByteString -> Result r) -> Result r
  + data Result r
  + instance Show r => Show (Result r)
  + ensure :: Int -> Get ByteString
  + runGetLazy :: Get a -> ByteString -> Either String a
  + runGetLazyState :: Get a -> ByteString -> Either String (a, ByteString)
  + runGetPartial :: Get a -> ByteString -> Result a
  × New: isolate :: Int -> Get a -> Get a
    Old: isolate :: String -> Int -> Get a -> Get a
× Data.Serialize.Put
  + runPutLazy :: Put -> ByteString
  + runPutMLazy :: PutM a -> (a, ByteString)
· Data.Serialize.Builder

[+ Added] [- Removed] [× Modified] [· Unmodified]

6 potential breaking changes found

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hackage-diff | Compare the public API of different versions of a Hackage library
github.com/blitzcode/hackage-diff | www.blitzcode.net | (C) 2014 Tim C. Schroeder

Usage: hackage-diff [options] <package-name> <old-version|path> <new-version|path>
      --mode=[downloaddb|builddb|parsehs]  what to download / read, how to compare
                                             downloaddb - download Hoogle DBs and diff (Default)
                                             builddb    - download packages, build Hoogle DBs and diff
                                             parsehs    - download packages, directly diff .hs exports
  -c  --disable-color                      disable color output
  -s  --silent                             disable progress output

  hackage-diff mtl 2.1 2.2.1
  hackage-diff --mode=builddb JuicyPixels
  hackage-diff conduit 1.1.5 ~/tmp/conduit-1.1.6/dist/doc/html/conduit/conduit.txt
  hackage-diff --mode=parsehs QuickCheck 2.6 2.7.6
  hackage-diff --mode=parsehs -s Cabal ~/tmp/Cabal-1.18.0/

As the examples hopefully illustrate, you can choose to specify a local package / Hoogle database file instead of a version to be downloaded from Hackage.


hackage-diff can operate in three different modes which determine how it obtains and parses the information about the packages to be compared.


Download the Hoogle databases for both packages from Hackage, then parse and diff them. This is the default and recommended mode of operation. Sometimes Hackage does not have a Hoogle database for a particular version available. In this case, running with builddb might be more successful.

Alternatively, you can also specify a path to any local Hoogle database file for one or both versions. The default way to build one is cabal haddock --hoogle, outputting to dist/doc/html/mypackage/mypackage.txt. This can be used, among other things, to check a package you're working on for breaking API changes relative to what's on Hackage.


Download the package sources from Hackage, setup sandboxes, install dependencies, configure and use Haddock to build the Hoogle databases, parse and diff them.

This is often very time consuming due to the dependency installation required for the Haddock build. Sometimes Haddock builds will fail, especially for older packages. As with downloaddb, a local Hoogle database file can be specified instead of a version.


Download the package sources from Hackage, parse .cabal file for exported modules, pre-process them with cpphs, parse them with haskel-src-exts and diff their export lists.

This mode has many downsides. Packages making heavy use of the CPP will often fail to be parsed as the pre-processing done here is not identical to what a Cabal build would do. haskel-src-exts sometimes fails to parse code that GHC would accept. We only look at the export lists, so modules without an explicit one will fail to be parsed correctly. There's no inspection of the types of exports, only names will be compared.

Instead of a version to download, a path to a local package can be specified instead.


This tools has various shortcomings and limitations and has only received a small amount of testing. Please let me know if you find an issue. Also see the various TODO comments scattered throughout the code.


This program is published under the MIT License.


Developed by Tim C. Schroeder, visit my website to learn more.

*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the hackage-diff README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.