These instructions are applicable only for Julia 1.5 and higher. If you are running an older version of Julia, upgrading to at least 1.6 is recommended. If you cannot upgrade, see the documentation for Revise 3.2.x or earlier.

Using Revise by default

If you like Revise, you can ensure that every Julia session uses it by launching it from your ~/.julia/config/startup.jl file. Note that using Revise adds a small latency at Julia startup, generally about 0.7s when you first launch Julia and another 0.25s for your first package load. Users should weigh this penalty against whatever benefit they may derive from not having to restart their entire session.

This can be as simple as adding

using Revise

as the first line in your startup.jl. If you have a Unix terminal available, simply run

mkdir -p ~/.julia/config/ && echo "using Revise" >> ~/.julia/config/startup.jl

If you use different package environments and do not always have Revise available,

    using Revise
catch e
    @warn "Error initializing Revise" exception=(e, catch_backtrace())

is recommended instead.

Using Revise automatically within Jupyter/IJulia

If you want Revise to launch automatically within IJulia, then you should also create a .julia/config/startup_ijulia.jl file with the contents

    @eval using Revise
catch e
    @warn "Error initializing Revise" exception=(e, catch_backtrace())

or simply run

mkdir -p ~/.julia/config/ && tee -a  ~/.julia/config/startup_ijulia.jl << END
    @eval using Revise
catch e
    @warn "Error initializing Revise" exception=(e, catch_backtrace())

Configuring the revise mode

By default, in packages all changes are tracked, but with includet only method definitions are tracked. This behavior can be overridden by defining a variable __revise_mode__ in the module(s) containing your methods and/or data. __revise_mode__ must be a Symbol taking one of the following values:

  • :eval: evaluate everything (the default for packages)
  • :evalmeth: evaluate changes to method definitions (the default for includet) This should work even for quite complicated method definitions, such as those that might be made within a for-loop and @eval block.
  • :evalassign: evaluate method definitions and assignment statements. A top-level expression a = Int[] would be evaluated, but push!(a, 1) would not because the latter is not an assignment.
  • :sigs: do not implement any changes, only scan method definitions for their signatures so that their location can be updated as changes to the file(s) are made.

If you're using includet from the REPL, you can enter __revise_mode__ = :eval to set it throughout Main. __revise_mode__ can be set independently in each module.

Optional global configuration

Revise can be configured by setting environment variables. These variables have to be set before you execute using Revise, because these environment variables are parsed only during execution of Revise's __init__ function.

There are several ways to set these environment variables:

  • If you are Using Revise by default then you can include statements like ENV["JULIA_REVISE"] = "manual" in your .julia/config/startup.jl file prior to the line containing using Revise.
  • On Unix systems, you can set variables in your shell initialization script (e.g., put lines like export JULIA_REVISE=manual in your .bashrc file if you use bash).
  • On Unix systems, you can launch Julia from the Unix prompt as $ JULIA_REVISE=manual julia to set options for just that session.

The function of specific environment variables is described below.

Manual revision: JULIA_REVISE

By default, Revise processes any modified source files every time you enter a command at the REPL. However, there might be times where you'd prefer to exert manual control over the timing of revisions. Revise looks for an environment variable JULIA_REVISE, and if it is set to anything other than "auto" it will require that you manually call revise() to update code.


By default, Revise only tracks files that have been required as a consequence of a using or import statement; files loaded by include are not tracked, unless you explicitly use includet or Revise.track(filename). However, you can turn on automatic tracking by setting the environment variable JULIA_REVISE_INCLUDE to the string "1" (e.g., JULIA_REVISE_INCLUDE=1 in a bash script).


Most users should avoid setting JULIA_REVISE_INCLUDE. Try includet instead.

Configurations for fixing errors

No space left on device


This applies only to Linux

Revise needs to be notified by your filesystem about changes to your code, which means that the files that define your modules need to be watched for updates. Some systems impose limits on the number of files and directories that can be watched simultaneously; if this limit is hit, on Linux this can result in a fairly cryptic error like

ERROR: start_watching (File Monitor): no space left on device (ENOSPC)

The cure is to increase the number of files that can be watched, by executing

echo 65536 | sudo tee -a /proc/sys/fs/inotify/max_user_watches

at the Linux prompt. (The maximum value is 524288, which will allocate half a gigabyte of RAM to file-watching). For more information see issue #26.

Changing the value this way may not last through the next reboot, but you can also change it permanently.

Polling and NFS-mounted code directories: JULIA_REVISE_POLL


This applies only to Unix systems with code on network-mounted drives

Revise works by monitoring your filesystem for changes to the files that define your code. On most operating systems, Revise can work "passively" and wait to be signaled that one or more watched directories has changed.

Unfortunately, a few file systems (notably, the Unix-based Network File System NFS) don't support this approach. In such cases, Revise needs to "actively" check each file periodically to see whether it has changed since the last check. This active process is called polling. You turn on polling by setting the environment variable JULIA_REVISE_POLL to the string "1" (e.g., JULIA_REVISE_POLL=1 in a bash script).


If you're using polling, you may have to wait several seconds before changes take effect. Polling is not recommended unless you have no other alternative.


NFS stands for Network File System and is typically only used to mount shared network drives on Unix file systems. Despite similarities in the acronym, NTFS, the standard filesystem on Windows, is completely different from NFS; Revise's default configuration should work fine on Windows without polling. However, WSL2 users currently need polling due to this bug.