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Repetition Hunter

Do you repeat yourself in your code? This is for you. It finds repetitions in your code.

Add [repetition-hunter "1.0.0"] to the :dependencies of your :user profile.

It works with clojure version 1.2.0 and up.


Lein plugin

Andrés Gómez Urquiza created a lein plugin that you can find at

Thanks @nez!

As a library

You can use it from the REPL:

user=> (use 'repetition.hunter)
user=> (require 'your.namespace)
user=> (hunt 'your.namespace)
2 repetitions of complexity 5

Line 474 - your.namespace:
(or (modifiers->str mname) (name mname))

Line 479 - your.namespace:
(or (modifiers->str m) (name m))


3 repetitions of complexity 5

Line 50 - your.namespace:
(str "(" (first t) ")")

Line 294 - your.namespace:
(str "(" (first f) ")")

Line 360 - your.namespace:
(str "(" (first c) ")")


2 repetitions of complexity 7

Line 162 - your.namespace:
(str/join ", " (map (partial identifier->str db) column))

Line 170 - your.namespace:
(str/join ", " (map (partial identifier->str db) column))


Each repetition is presented with a header showing the number of repetitions and their complexity. Complexity is the count of flatten the form (count (flatten (form))). It is sorted by default by complexity, from less complex to more complex.

Now it also support multiple namespaces. Require them all and pass a list to hunt:

user=> (hunt '(your.namespace1 your.namespace2 your.namespace3))

You can also sort by repetitions using the optional parameter :repetition like this:

user=> (hunt 'your.namespace :sort :repetition)

There are filters:

user=> (hunt 'your.namespace :filter {:min-repetition 2
                                      :min-complexity 5
                                      :remove-flat true})

The filters default to :min-repetition 2, :min-complexity 3 and :remove-flat false Remove flat is a filter to remove flat forms.

After the header the repeated code is shown with the line number and namespace.

If it doesn't find repetitions it doesn't print anything.

That's it. Now go refactor your code.


Thanks to Tom Crayford for pointing me to his abandoned umbrella and Phil Hagelberg for helping me on #clojure.

Bugs and Enhancements

Please open issues and send pull requests.


  • Add some tests.


  • v1.0.0

    • Add/Fix search files in directories outside src/. Now it tries to find in every classpath directory.
    • Fix ClassNotFoundException when file contains namespace-like symbols (thank you tsholmes).
  • v0.3.1

    • Fix NPE when using with clojure 1.4.0
  • v0.3.0

    • Add multiple namespaces support
    • Add filters :min-repetition, :min-complexity, :remove-flat
    • Indented code in results
  • v0.2.0

    • Add line numbers
    • Show original forms
    • Better output format
    • Has sort order
    • Improve var detection


Copyright © 2013-2016 Marcelo Nomoto

Licensed under the EPL, the same as Clojure (see the file epl-v10.html).

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