SBT Toolkit

Izumi provides you a bunch of sbt plugins allowing you to significantly reduce size and increase clarity of huge multi-module builds.

To start using Izumi plugins add the following into your project/plugins.sbt:

val izumi_version = "0.7.0-SNAPSHOT"
addSbtPlugin("com.github.pshirshov.izumi.r2" % "sbt-izumi" % izumi_version)
// This is Izumi's Bill of Materials, see below
addSbtPlugin("com.github.pshirshov.izumi.r2" % "sbt-izumi-deps" % izumi_version)

We provide you the following kinds of plugins:

  1. Global plugins: they add some helper sbt tasks, enabled automatically,
  2. Environmental plugins: they change some aspects of sbt behavior in an opinionated way, intended to be enabled in the root project,
  3. Presets - opinionated sets of environmental plugins,
  4. Optional plugins: they provide some convenience sbt tasks, intended to be enabled manually, per-project.

Important notes:

  1. Please keep in mind no plugins are being enabled automatically,
  2. The rest of Izumi plugins are optional. You may use a preset to activate them or combine them manually as you wish (using settings groups),
  3. Some plugins can’t be enabled globally due to sbt limitations ? they have to be enabled per-project. You should use Settings Groups in order to enable them.

Global plugins

Plugin Description
IzumiImportsPlugin Makes all the Izumi imports visible by default

Environmental plugins

Plugin Description
IzumiBuildManifestPlugin Adds build info into jar manifests
IzumiConvenienceTasksPlugin Devops/workflow helpers
IzumiDslPlugin Compact build definitions
IzumiGitStampPlugin Adds GIT status into jar manifests
IzumiPropertiesPlugin Convenience helpers for sys.props
IzumiResolverPlugin Better defaults for artifact resolution
IzumiInheritedTestScopesPlugin Convenience helpers for test scope inheritance


Plugin Description
IzumiEnvironment All the environmental plugins except of GIT one
IzumiGitEnvironment All the environmental plugins with GIT one

Optional plugins

Plugin Description
IzumiExposedTestScopesPlugin Maintains test scope separation
IzumiCompilerOptionsPlugin Some linting/optimization presets for scalac/javac
IzumiFetchPlugin Allows you to transitively download artifacts from remote repositories
IzumiPublishingPlugin Some convenience helpers and improvements for artifact publishing
IzumiBuildInfoPlugin Generates sbt-compatible BOMs ? Bills of Materials


To activate all the plugins add the following statements into your root project:


If you don’t use git in your project, use this preset instead:


To activate Comp

val GlobalSettings = new DefaultGlobalSettingsGroup {
  override val plugins = Set(IzumiCompilerOptionsPlugin, IzumiExposedTestScopesPlugin)

Inherited Test Scopes

Test Scope Inheritance

IzumiScopesPlugin extends SBT Project with several implicit methods:

  • testOnlyRef - provides you a project reference which is equivalent to % "test" dependency,
  • dependsSeq and depends - allow you to add dependencies to your project the way test scopes of your dependencies are visible within test scopes of your project. So, essentially when you use these methods your dependencies are added into your projects with the following qualifier: "test->compile,test;it->compile,test,it"

You need to activate DefaultItSettingsGroup on your projects (see “Setting Groups” below) in order to make this working on it scope.


lazy val myLibrary = ...

lazy val myProject = (...).depends(myLibrary)

So, now you may use classes from the test scope of myLibrary within test scope of myProject

Test Scope Separation

InheritedTestScopesPlugin works in pair with IzumiScopesPlugin and provides you an unique feature: only the classes you marked with @ExposedTestScope are being exposed to dependant artifacts.

So, let’s assume that:

  • you have two artifacts, Library and App,
  • App depends on Library,
  • In the test scope of Library you have a class named TestSuite,
  • In the test scope of Library you have another class named TestUtil,
  • TestUtil is annotated with @ExposedTestScope,

in that case TestUtil will be visible in App’s test scope, but TestSuite will not be visible.

A diagram:

+-----------------------------------------+     +-----------------------------------------+
| Library                                 |     | App                                     |
|-----------------------------------------|     |-----------------------------------------|
| Main scope                              |     | Main scope                              |
|                                     <---+-----+--                                       |
| UtilityClass                            |     | AppMain                                 |
|-----------------------------------------|     |-----------------------------------------+
| Private Test Scope | Exposed test scope |     | Test scope                              |
|                    |                <---+-----+--                                       |
| TestSuite          | TestUtil           |     | Private Test Scope | Exposed test scope |
+-----------------------------------------+     +-----------------------------------------+


  • Intellij IDEA doesn’t support overriden classpaths so when you run your tests under IDEA the whole test scopes are visible in dependencies,
  • At the moment the implementation of @ExposedTestScope (substring presence check) is imperfect and has to be improved,
  • Transitive dependencies are not checked, so in case you expose a class but do not expose it’s dependencies your build will work under IDEA, but you will a classloading exception under sbt. This is going to be improved in the future.

Test Scope Publishing

The whole content of test scopes is being published by default with test qualifier. Test scope separation has no effect on test scope publishing.

Settings DSL

IzumiDslPlugin comes with a DSL intended to simplify definition of complex project layouts.

To activate the plugin add the following statement into your root project:


Simplified Identifiers

DSL provides syntax to simplify project definitions. A definition such as this:

lazy val petstoreApp = In("app").as.module

expands to

lazy val petstoreApp ="app/petstore-app")

You can attach settings and dependencies to the In part, that way you can apply common settings to all the projects in a directory:

val ApiSettings = new SettingsGroup {
  override val plugins = Set(IdealinguaPlugin)

lazy val inApi = In("api").settings(ApiSettings)

lazy val petstoreApi =
lazy val todomvcApi =

Setting Groups

Global Setting Group

Automatic Aggregation

When you use .as.project or .as.module syntax to define a project, that project is stored in a global singleton.

You may use transitiveAggregate or transitiveAggregateSeq methods instead of standard aggregate, in that case all the transitive dependencies of the projects provided will be also added into aggregation list. This allows you to simplify your definitions by avoiding specifing all the modules in .aggregate.

In case you don’t want your project to be recorded, you shoud use .as.just syntax.

Important note: sbt is lazy!

We just store project reference in a singleton list, we don’t analyze dependency graph. Though sbt relies on lazy val declarations. So, in fact the singleton initializes at the moment you invoke aggregation. In case you don’t add a project into aggregation list such a project still will be initialized by sbt and added into the singleton, but it would happen later than evaluation of aggregation list so the project will not be aggregated.

Aggregation Safety Check

When you invoke transitiveAggregate or transitiveAggregateSeq on your root project it checks if the accumulated set of known project is the same as the set of all projects loaded by sbt.

In case module is missing you’ll get a warning. This makes it unlikely for you to accidentally forget to aggregate a module in multi-module project.

Build Descriptors

Bills of Materials

Izumi brings Bill of Materials concept to SBT.

Izumi BOM

You can import Izumi libraries and transitive dependencies without specifying their version or even artifact names. To do that add sbt-izumi-deps SBT plugin:

val izumi_version = "0.7.0-SNAPSHOT"
addSbtPlugin("com.github.pshirshov.izumi.r2" % "sbt-izumi-deps" % izumi_version)

You can use it like this:

libraryDependencies += Izumi.R.distage_core // Import an izumi library
libraryDependencies += IzumiDeps.R.cats_effect // Import a dependency of izumi
libraryDependencies += IzumiDeps.T.scalatest // Import a dependency of izumi in test scope

R is for Runtime artifacts and T is for Test scope artifacts

Create a BOM for your projects

sbt-izumi-deps allows you to a create BOMs for your own projects. Just add the following snippet into your project settings:

lazy val myProject = (project in file("my-project-bom"))
  .settings(withBuildInfo("com.mycompany.myproject", "MyProjectBOM"))

If you use Izumi SBT DSL, you can use the following syntax:

lazy val inRoot = In(".")
lazy val myProjectBom =
  .settings(withBuildInfo("com.mycompany.myproject", "MyProjectBOM"))

If you want to include BOMs of you project, you can use the following syntax:

import com.mycompany.myproject.MyProjectBOM lazy val myLib = In("lib").as.module .settings( libraryDependencies ++= Seq( MyProjectBOM.R.my_project_bom, // Runtime artifact MyProjectBOM.T.my_project_bom, // Runtime artifacts for test scope* MyProjectBOM.TSR.my_project_bom, // Test artifacts MyProjectBOM.TST.my_project_bom, // Test artifacts for test scope ) )

Build Manifest entries

Git Manifest entries

GitStampPlugin adds the following values into MANIFEST.MF of each jar artifact produced:

Manifest Key Description
X-Git-Branch The name of branch sbt was invoked on
X-Git-Repo-Is-Clean true or false, indicates if GIT repo was in clean state when the build was invoked
X-Git-Head-Rev GIT revision on which sbt was invoked

To activate the plugin add the following statement into your root project:


Convenience Helpers

Stub Generators

ConvenienceTasksPlugin provides you the following commands:

  • newModule <module_path/module_name> [package.suffix]: creates empty project layout at /module_path/module_name. Optional package.suffix may be specified.
  • newStub <module_path/module_name> [stub_name:default]: copies /stubs/${stub_name} into /module_path/module_name. stub_name may be omitted, default value is default
Setting Description
ConvenienceTasksPlugin.Keys.mkJavaDirs Also adds src/*/java directories into generated stubs
ConvenienceTasksPlugin.Keys.defaultStubPackage Default stub package. By default same as project’s organization

Version Suffixes

ConvenienceTasksPlugin provides you command

addVersionSuffix SUFFIX

This command updates project version defined in version.sbt with qualifier SUFFIX-SNAPSHOT

  • Existing qualifiers will be removed.
  • 1.0.0 would become 1.0.0-SUFFIX-SNAPSHOT
  • 1.0.0-SNAPSHOT would become 1.0.0-SUFFIX-SNAPSHOT

You may need this command while setting up a build for feature branches and wish to avoid situation when different branches publishes artifacts with the same names.

target preservation

ConvenienceTasksPlugin provides you command

preserveTargets SUFFIX

This command recursively enumerates all the directories named target and recursively copies them using name target.SUFFIX.

You may need this command while setting up a build where you wish to perform clean several times but want to preserve intermediate build artifacts stored in target directories. The most frequent case is coverage build followed by tests and then by production build. In this case you would like to use a command sequence like

;clean;coverage;test;coverageOff;coverageReport;preserveTargets coverage;clean;publish

Directory cleanups

ConvenienceTasksPlugin provides you command

rmDirs target.coverage

This command recursively removes all the directories named target.coverage across the project.

You may need this command to cleanup preserved target directories, or destroy some build artifacts, like rmDirs scala-2.11

Property Readers

IzumiPropertiesPlugin provides you implicit classes allowing you to convert Strings into Integers or Booleans exceptions-safe and do the same for system properties:

"true".asBoolean(default = false) // true
"junk".asBoolean(default = false) // false
"123".asInt(default = 265) // 123
"junk".asInt(default = 265) // 265
sys.props.asBoolean("", default = false)
sys.props.asInt("", default = 123)

You may activate this plugin with the following statement in root project:

Transitive Artifact Downloader


Optional settings



Publishing settings


Publishing credentials and targets


Compiler options

CompilerOptionsPlugin provides you some sane compiler option presets (linting, optimizations).

You should explicitly enable this plugin in each project you want to use it. When you want to enable it globally, use a settings group:

val GlobalSettings = new SettingsGroup {
  override val plugins = Set(
      // ...
  // ...


ResolverPlugin turns on the following settings which should speedup your dependency resolution:

    updateOptions := updateOptions