Skip to content


Switch branches/tags

Name already in use

A tag already exists with the provided branch name. Many Git commands accept both tag and branch names, so creating this branch may cause unexpected behavior. Are you sure you want to create this branch?

Latest commit


Git stats


Failed to load latest commit information.
Latest commit message
Commit time


Clojars Project

A leiningen template for a barebones ClojureScript project with figwheel-main.

Getting Started

  • Create a project with leiningen lein new anvil my-anvil
  • cd my-anvil
  • lein fig:dev
  • Browse to localhost:9500


  • Clojure
  • leiningen


The purpose of this template is to get you started with ClojureScript as soon as possible. As a result it has very few extra features or options beyond ClojureScript and Figwheel.

There are some aliases defined:

  • lein fig:dev will start the fighweel REPL at localhost:9500 but it won't start your browser by default. So you need to manually navigate to localhost:9500 so that figwheel connects and the REPL is made available.
  • lein fig:prod will compile the project with all optimizations turned on and generate a single JS file, suitable for production use.


  • +docker generates a Dockerfile and suitable docker-compose.yml to run the project in a Docker container, while keeping the ability to connect to the REPL and a working Figwheel.
  • +reagent adds reagent support and a small example of how to use it.
  • +reframe pulls in the Re-Frame dependency and it will be ready to use in your own project, but there's no example (for now).

A project with all the options included in the template:

lein new my-anvil +docker +reagent +reframe

Development workflow

Running lein fig:dev starts the figwheel process. At that point figwheel will reload your code every time a change is made, and you can see it live in your browser. Neat!

However you may want to connect the REPL to your editor. In that case the way you proceed is different:

Without Docker

  • First run a regular Clojure REPL (not ClojureScript) by issuing lein repl :headless :port 6666. The :headless :port 6666 is not necessary, but if you omit it, leiningen will create a REPL prompt and use a random port.
  • From your editor, connect to this Clojure REPL. In Emacs/Cider this is done by cider-connect-clj and enter localhost and 6666 when prompted for Host and Port, respectively.
  • Once in the Clojure REPL evaluate (start) and it should start the figwheel process. Navigate to localhost:9500, it should connect and at that moment the ClojureScript REPL is available and connected to your editor. You can use C-c C-c to send forms for evaluation, etc. Also saving a file will cause figwheel to reload your code in the browser.

With Docker

The workflow is very similar, the only difference is that the REPL will run inside the Docker container instead of your local computer. In order to start the REPL do docker-compose up. The container will start a REPL in port 6666. Once the REPL is started, proceed as without Docker.


From the project directory:

lein fig:prod

It will generate JavaScript with all optimizations turned on. Output is written to resources/public/cljs-out/prod-main.js.


Anvil comes with linting support thanks to clj-kondo. An alias is created for you; in order to run the linter with lein, you can do lein clj-kondo --lint src.



Copyright © 2020 César Olea

This program and the accompanying materials are made available under the terms of the Eclipse Public License 2.0 which is available at

This Source Code may also be made available under the following Secondary Licenses when the conditions for such availability set forth in the Eclipse Public License, v. 2.0 are satisfied: GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version, with the GNU Classpath Exception which is available at


A barebones ClojureScript leiningen template using figwheel-main







No packages published