SBT plugin that routes compiler and test errors into a quickfix file
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This is an sbt plugin that generates a quickfix file that can be used with Vim.

Inspired by Alois Cochard's blog post on setting up quickfix using a bash wrapper around sbt..


Add this to your ~/.sbt/0.13/plugins/plugins.sbt:

addSbtPlugin("com.dscleaver.sbt" % "sbt-quickfix" % "0.4.1")

Note: this plugin was built for sbt 0.13 use version 0.3.1 for sbt 0.12

Vim Integration

If your vim is setup to use Pathogen, then the vim-sbt plugin can be installed with this command:

sbt installVimPlugin  #'sbt install-vim-plugin' for older versions of sbt...

This command will replace the plugin files whenever it is run, so it is recommended when upgrading versions of the plugin.

Using the files in Vim

After a compile or test, assuming there was an error, a quickfix file will be created that Vim can use.

If your copy of Vim was compiled with +clientserver and you've enabled the vim-enable-server flag in your SBT project (default is true), then this plugin will automatically load the quickfix file into Vim once it's been created.

If you don't have +clientserver enabled in Vim, or you have disabled the vim-enable-server feature of the plugin, then you can use a Vim mapping to load the file. By default the mapping is <leader>ff, but you can change this if you wish.

Installation Location

By default the plugin will install to ~/.vim/bundle. This plugin base directory can be added to your global config (e.g. ~/.sbt/0.13/global.sbt) as follows:

QuickFixKeys.vimPluginBaseDirectory := file("intended/directory")

You can disable the vim-enable-server flag in the global.sbt as follows:

QuickFixKeys.vimEnableServer := false

Previous Integration

The initial version of this plugin required that you add the following lines to your ~/.vimrc:

set errorformat=%E\ %#[error]\ %#%f:%l:\ %m,%-Z\ %#[error]\ %p^,%-C\ %#[error]\ %m
set errorformat+=,%W\ %#[warn]\ %#%f:%l:\ %m,%-Z\ %#[warn]\ %p^,%-C\ %#[warn]\ %m
set errorformat+=,%-G%.%#

noremap <silent> <Leader>ff :cf target/quickfix/sbt.quickfix<CR>
noremap <silent> <Leader>fn :cn<CR>

These lines should be removed from ~/.vimrc

To Do

Items that I want to look into in the future:

  • Possibly reformat log output for easier consumption
  • Add ctags generation possibly turning this into a full vim plugin
  • Allow vim server name to be overridden by system property


Code is provided under the BSD 3-Clause license available at, as well as in the LICENSE file.