JRebel plugin for Simple Build Tool
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sbt-jrebel-plugin is a plugin for Simple Build Tool that generates configuration files (rebel.xml) for JRebel. A rebel.xml is not always required but is recommended because if you don't have one, JRebel cannot understand the layout of your project and might fail to reload changes. You also cannot reload changes from separate projects.

Supported SBT versions: 0.13.x


  • Generates rebel.xml, so it's similar to javarebel-maven-plugin in the Maven world
  • Cross-project change reloading

Default behaviour

  • Disables itself if SBT isn't run with JRebel agent enabled
  • Writes rebel.xml as a managed resource which is automatically added to classpath and artifacts

You should always disable sbt-jrebel-plugin when publishing artifacts somewhere else than locally. Otherwise your artifacts will include rebel.xml files


Make sure you run sbt with JRebel agent enabled

Add the plugin declaration to project/plugins.sbt:

addSbtPlugin("fi.gekkio.sbtplugins" % "sbt-jrebel-plugin" % "0.10.0")

Then include the plugin settings in your project definition:

seq(jrebelSettings: _*)

If you are using xsbt-web-plugin and want to reload web resources, also add this:

xsbt-web-plugin >= 2.0:

jrebel.webLinks += (sourceDirectory in Compile).value / "webapp"

(remove .value if using SBT <= 0.13.2)

xsbt-web-plugin >= 1.0:

jrebel.webLinks <++= webappSrc in webapp

xsbt-web-plugin <= 0.9:

jrebel.webLinks <++= webappResources in Compile

How do I ...?

Disable rebel.xml generation

Project definition: jrebel.enabled := false

or in SBT console: set jrebel.enabled := false

Force rebel.xml generation (regardless of whether you run SBT with JRebel enabled)

Project definition: jrebel.enabled := true

or in SBT console: set jrebel.enabled := true

Cross-project change reloading

Let's say you have two projects, MyLib which is a library project and MyWebApp which is a webapp. These two are completely separate and differently versioned projects. If you have sbt-jrebel-plugin enabled for both projects, you can make changes in MyLib while developing MyWebApp and have them reloaded instantly.

  • Deploy MyLib with sbt publish-local. The package includes a rebel.xml file that contains the absolute paths to your MyLib project directories.
  • Update MyWebApp dependencies with sbt update. MyWebApp now uses the MyLib package that has a rebel.xml.
  • Run MyWebApp and enable continuous webapp compilation (for example I use sbt jetty-run "~ prepare-webapp")
  • In a separate terminal, start continuous compilation for MyLib (for example, sbt ~ compile).
  • Change a class in MyLib
  • Notice that the change is visible in MyWebApp (if the change is reloadable using JRebel). Voilá!

Do not share rebel.xml files because by default they contain absolute paths which are computer-specific!


Nothing at the moment! Please report any bugs you might find