A tasty build tool for Clojure.
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cake is a Clojure development environment for your command line. It is a build tool, a repl, a package manager, a script launcher, and a deployment tool mixed together and baked into a single, delicious command, cake.

You can use cake with any editor, but it goes especially well with emacs, vi, and textmate. cake is cross-platform. It works on OS X, Linux and Windows. Also, unlike most other JVM-based command line tools, it is fast!

Getting started


On OS X with homebrew, you can install cake by running this command:

brew install cake

That's it. Or if you don't have homebrew or you're not on OS X, try one of the other installation methods.

Getting Started

Cake is compatible with most Leiningen project.clj files, so if you already have a project.clj, you're probably ready to go. Just install Cake and then type cake in your project root for a list of tasks.

If you don't yet have a project.clj file, creating one is simple. Here's an example:

(defproject jiraph "0.2.7"
  :description "Embedded graph db library for Clojure."
  :url "http://jiraph.org"
  :tasks [protobuf.tasks]
  :dependencies [[clojure "1.2.0"]
                 [clojure-contrib "1.2.0"]
                 [clojure-useful "0.2.1"]
                 [clojure-protobuf "0.3.0"]
                 [tokyocabinet "1.2.3"]])

Get a list of available commands

cake help

Get detailed help on a single command

cake help command-name

Start an interactive repl with command history and tab completion:

cake repl

Run a clojure script

cake run path/to/script.clj

Create a new project in the current directory

cake new project-name


For more detailed documentation, see the wiki.



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