How to run mix task without compilation?

I’m trying to run a task before the app is compiled so I can patch the source of dependency.
mix deps.get runs this way and I can’t figure out how to do this?

Is this a task from dependency or is it a part of a project?

If you need to change the source code of a dependency, I would copy the source code to another directory or git repo that you manage, edit the source code there, and then point the mix.exs deps entry to that new source location.

I think trying to edit it in the deps directory directly with a mix task is going to be swimming upstream from how it’s designed to be used.


I was editing the task it my current app directory. As I understand it is enough to create a lib from it and I it with escript or archive install (like phoenix installer)

I like to make my mix tasks double up as escripts for this purpose:

# lib/mix/tasks/secrets/mix.exs
defmodule Bonfire.Secrets do
  use Mix.Project

  def project do
      app: :secrets,
      version: "0.1.0-alpha.1",
      elixir: "~> 1.11",
      escript: [main_module: Mix.Tasks.Bonfire.Secrets]

# lib/mix/tasks/secrets/lib/secrets.ex
defmodule Mix.Tasks.Bonfire.Secrets do
  @shortdoc "Generates some secrets"

  @moduledoc """
  Generates random secrets and prints to the terminal.
  > mix bonfire.secrets [length]

  Can also compile/run it as an escript (without having to first compile the app):
  > cd lib/mix/tasks/secrets && mix && ./secrets [length]
  use Mix.Task

  # for running as escript
  def main(args) do

  @doc false
  def run([]), do: run(["64"])

  def run([int]),
    do: int |> parse!() |> random_string() |> Kernel.<>("\r\n") |> IO.puts()

  def run([int, iterate]), do: for(_ <- 1..parse!(iterate), do: run([int]))
  def run(args), do: nil

  defp parse!(int) do
    case Integer.parse(int) do
      {int, ""} -> int
      _ -> 64

  defp random_string(length) when length > 31 do
    |> Base.encode64()
    |> binary_part(0, length)

thanks, It’s useful

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