stew [libraries.stew]

stew contains small utilities and replacements for std libraries.

If similar libraries exist in std and stew, prefer stew.


  • stew solves bugs and practical API design issues in stdlib without having to wait for nim release
  • Fast development cycle
  • Allows battle-testing API before stdlib consideration (think boost)
  • Encourages not growing nim stdlib further, which helps upstream maintenance


  • Less code reuse across community
  • More dependencies that are not part of nim standard distribution

Practical notes

nim-stew exists as a staging area for code that could be considered for future inclusion in the standard library or, preferably, a separate package, but that has not yet been fully fleshed out as a separate and complete library.