Metals works with Atom thanks to the
Java 8 or 11 provided by OpenJDK or Oracle. Eclipse OpenJ9 is not
supported, please make sure the
JAVA_HOME environment variable
points to a valid Java 8 or 11 installation.
macOS, Linux or Windows. Metals is developed on macOS and every PR is tested on Ubuntu+Windows.
Scala 2.13, 2.12 and 2.11. Metals supports these Scala versions 2.13.0, 2.13.1, 2.12.10, 2.12.8, 2.12.9 and 2.11.12. Note that 2.11.x support is deprecated and it will be removed in future releases. It's recommended to upgrade to Scala 2.12 or Scala 2.13
Installing the package
Install the package by searching for "ide-scala" or run the following command.
apm install ide-scala
Importing a build
The first time you open Metals in a new workspace it prompts you to import the build. Click "Import build" to start the installation step.
- "Not now" disables this prompt for 2 minutes.
- "Don't show again" disables this prompt forever, use
rm -rf .metals/to re-enable the prompt.
tail -f .metals/metals.logto watch the build import progress.
- Behind the scenes, Metals uses Bloop to import sbt builds, but you don't need Bloop installed on your machine to run this step.
Once the import step completes, compilation starts for your open
Once the sources have compiled successfully, you can navigate the codebase with goto definition.
Custom sbt launcher
By default, Metals runs an embedded
sbt-launch.jar launcher that respects
However, the environment variables
JAVA_OPTS are not respected.
Update the server property
-Dmetals.sbt-script=/path/to/sbt to use a custom
sbt script instead of the default Metals launcher if you need further
customizations like reading environment variables.
Speeding up import
The "Import build" step can take a long time, especially the first time you run it in a new build. The exact time depends on the complexity of the build and if library dependencies need to be downloaded. For example, this step can take everything from 10 seconds in small cached builds up to 10-15 minutes in large uncached builds.
Consult the Bloop documentation to learn how to speed up build import.
When you change
build.sbt or sources under
project/, you will be prompted to
re-import the build.
Manually trigger build import
To manually trigger a build import, execute the "Import build" command through
the command palette (
Cmd + Shift + P).
Execute the "Run Doctor" through the command palette to troubleshoot potential configuration problems in your workspace.
Using latest Metals SNAPSHOT
Update the "Metals version" setting to try out the latest pending Metals features.
|0.7.6||23 Sep 2019 16:37|
|0.7.6+234-cf7b9526-SNAPSHOT||18 Nov 2019 13:44|
The Metals server places logs and other files in the
.metals/ directory. The
Bloop compile server places logs and compilation artifacts in the
directory. Bloop plugin that generates Bloop configuration is added in the
project/metals.sbt file. It's recommended to ignore these directories and file
from version control systems like git.
# ~/.gitignore .metals/ .bloop/ project/metals.sbt