sbt is most commonly used build tool in the Scala community and works with Metals out-of-the-box.
The first time you open Metals in a new workspace it prompts you to import the build. Select "Import build" to start automatic installation.
Install without Bloop
Automatic build import for sbt happens through Bloop, a compile server for Scala. Bloop implements the Build Server Protocol (BSP) that Metals uses to learn the directory structure of your project and its library dependencies. sbt does not implement BSP so Metals is not able to import sbt builds without Bloop.
It's recommended to use automatic installation over manual installation since manual installation requires several independent steps that makes it harder to stay up-to-date with the latest Metals version.
Instead of using automatic build import, you can manually install sbt-metals and generate the Bloop JSON files directly from your sbt shell. This approach may speed up build import by avoiding Metals from starting sbt in a separate process.
First, install the Bloop and Metals plugins globally
// One of: // ~/.sbt/0.13/plugins/plugins.sbt // ~/.sbt/1.0/plugins/plugins.sbt resolvers += Resolver.sonatypeRepo("snapshots") addSbtPlugin("org.scalameta" % "sbt-metals" % "0.6.1+12-4acd4659-SNAPSHOT") addSbtPlugin("ch.epfl.scala" % "sbt-bloop" % "1.3.2")
sbt metalsEnable bloopInstall to generate the Bloop JSON
bloopInstall is finished, execute the "Import build" command
build.import) command to tell Metals to establish a connections with the
Bloop build server.
For more information about sbt-bloop, consult the Bloop website.
If you use manual installation, you can avoid running the
in every sbt session with the following steps.
First, update the global Bloop settings to download sources of external libraries.
// One of: // ~/.sbt/0.13/build.sbt // ~/.sbt/1.0/build.sbt bloopExportJarClassifiers.in(Global) := Some(Set("sources"))
Next, update your build settings to use the semanticdb-scalac compiler plugin.
// build.sbt lazy val myproject = project.settings( + scalaVersion := "2.12.8", // or 2.11.12, other versions are not supported. + addCompilerPlugin(MetalsPlugin.semanticdbModule), // enable SemanticDB + scalacOptions += "-Yrangepos" // required by SemanticDB )
Now, you can run
sbt bloopInstall without the
Pro tip: With semanticdb-scalac enabled in your sbt build can also use Scalafix.
Customizing build import
Consult the Bloop docs for customizing build import for sbt: https://scalacenter.github.io/bloop/docs/build-tools/sbt
IntegrationTestand other custom configurations
- Speed up build import
- Enable sbt project references (source dependencies)
- Export main class
Before reporting an issue, check if your problem is solved with one of the following tips.
Waiting for lock on .ivy2/.sbt.ivy.lock
Metals run sbt in a separate process and this error happens where there are two sbt processes resolving dependencies at the same time.
Not valid key: metalsEnable
This error might indicate that you have an old version of
in your project.
[error] Not a valid key: metalsEnable (similar: scalafixEnabled) [error] metalsEnable [error] ^
Try to remove any usage of
sbt-metals in your build.
Module not found: org.scalameta#semanticdb-scalac_2.12.4
Metals works only with Scala 2.12.7 and 2.11.12 at the moment, down to the exact version. If you are using an older version of Scala then the SemanticDB compiler plugin will not resolve.