A boilerplate-free library for loading configuration files
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A boilerplate-free Scala library for loading configuration files.

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Loading configurations has always been a tedious and error-prone procedure. A common way to do it consists in writing code to deserialize each fields of the configuration. The more fields there are, the more code must be written (and tested and maintained...) and this must be replicated for each project.

This kind of code is boilerplate because most of the times the code can be automatically generated by the compiler based on what must be loaded. For instance, if you are going to load an Int for a field named foo, then probably you want some code that gets the values associated with the key foo in the configuration and assigns it to the proper field after converting it to Int.

The goal of this library is to create at compile-time the boilerplate necessary to load a configuration of a certain type. In other words, you define what to load and PureConfig provides how to load it.

Not yet another configuration library

PureConfig is not a configuration library in the sense that it doesn't search for files or parse them. It can be seen as a better front-end for the existing libraries. It uses the Typesafe Config library for loading raw configurations and then uses the raw configurations to do its magic.

Add PureConfig to your project

In the sbt configuration file use Scala 2.10, 2.11 or 2.12:

scalaVersion := "2.12.1" // or "2.11.8", "2.10.5"

Add PureConfig to your library dependencies. For Scala 2.11 and 2.12:

libraryDependencies ++= Seq(
  "com.github.melrief" %% "pureconfig" % "0.5.1"

For Scala 2.10 you need also the Macro Paradise plugin:

libraryDependencies ++= Seq(
  "com.github.melrief" %% "pureconfig" % "0.5.1",
  compilerPlugin("org.scalamacros" % "paradise" % "2.0.1" cross CrossVersion.full)

For a full example of build.sbt you can have a look at this build.sbt used for the example.

Use PureConfig

Import the library package and use one of the loadConfig methods:

import pureconfig._

val config: Try[YourConfClass] = loadConfig[YourConfClass]

Supported Types

Currently supported types for fields are:

  • String, Boolean, Double (standard and percentage format ending with %), Float (also supporting percentage), Int, Long, Short, URL, URI, Duration,FiniteDuration`;
  • all collections implementing the TraversableOnce trait where the type of the elements is in this list;
  • Option for optional values, i.e. values that can or cannot be in the configuration;
  • Map with String keys and any value type that is in this list;
  • everything in java.time (must be configured first - see Configurable converters);
  • java.util.UUID;
  • java.nio.file.Path
  • Typesafe ConfigValue, ConfigObject and ConfigList;
  • case classes;
  • sealed families of case classes (ADTs).

An almost comprehensive example is:

import com.typesafe.config.ConfigFactory.parseString
import pureconfig.loadConfig

sealed trait MyAdt
case class AdtA(a: String) extends MyAdt
case class AdtB(b: Int) extends MyAdt
case class MyClass(int: Int, adt: MyAdt, list: List[Double], map: Map[String, String], option: Option[String])

val conf = parseString("""{ "int": 1, "adt": { "type": "adtb", "b": 1 }, "list": ["1", "20%"], "map": { "key": "value" } }""")

// returns Success(MyClass(1, AdtB(1), List(1.0, 0.2), Map("key" -> "value"), None))

Integrating with other libraries

Internal Modules

The core of PureConfig eschews unnessary dependencies. Separate modules exist to support types which are not part of the standard Scala and Java libraries.

External Integrations

A non-comprehensive list of other libraries which have integrated with PureConfig to provide a richer experience include:


PureConfig is a free library developed by several people around the world. Contributions are welcomed and encouraged. If you want to contribute, we suggest to have a look at the available issues and to talk with us on the pureconfig gitter channel.

If you'd like to add support for types which are not part the standard Java or Scala libraries, please consider submitting a pull request to create a module. Pull Request #108 created a very simple module. It should provide a good template for the pieces you'll need to add.

The steps to create a new module, called nexttopmod, are:

  1. Define a new project in the root build.sbt. There are other examples near the top of the file.
  2. Create a new modules/nexttopmod/ subdirectory.
  3. Add a modules/nexttopmod/build.sbt defining the module's name and special dependencies.
  4. Implement converters. Typically they're in a package object in modules/nexttopmod/src/main/scala/pureconfig/module/nexttopmod/package.scala.
  5. Test the converters. Usually tests would be in modules/nexttopmod/src/test/scala/pureconfig/module/nexttopmod/NextTopModSuite.scala.
  6. Optionally explain a little bit about how it works in modules/nexttopmod/README.md.

PureConfig supports the Typelevel code of conduct and wants all of its channels (Gitter, GitHub, etc.) to be welcoming environments for everyone.


Mozilla Public License, version 2.0

Special Thanks

To the Shapeless and to the Typesafe Config developers.