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This is a tool for installing and updating Scala software programs. It does less than you think, because the sbt launcher does more than you think. What?


  • Queries a github project for launch configurations
  • Writes these to your local filesystem, with a personalized boot path
  • Creates scripts to execute the launch configurations


  • Reads a given launch configuration
  • Fetches needed dependencies on first run
  • Uses the same ivy cache as sbt itself

So conscript just assumes a convention and helps you adhere to it. Firstly, ~/.conscript/boot is used as a boot directory for all. Program launch configurations are stored according to the github project name and script name, such as:


And finally, program scripts are created in ~/bin that reference launch configurations, e.g. ~/bin/cs


There are two methods of installiation available.

Linux, Mac, Windows

Download the conscript runnable jar. On most OSes you can run it by double-clicking, but if that doesn't work you can also run it from the command line.

java -jar conscript-0.4.4-1.jar

A "splash screen" will appear during installation. Don't close it until you see a message that cs was installed, or that something went wrong.

Linux, Mac

If you prefer, you can install conscript by piping this shell script.

curl | sh

Java 8

If you're using a buggy preview release of Java, then Conscript will be buggy. Please use a release version of Java instead.


The main thing you do with conscript is install/update and update commands based on templates. Templates are stored in github projects, which you pass into the cs command. For example, this installs the giter8 templating system:

cs n8han/giter8

Templates specify a version of the app to use, but you can override that by specifying an explicit version with another slash:

cs n8han/giter8/0.2.1

Project owners may also decide to push pre-release or other alternate templates to different branches on github. Use can tell conscript read templates from another branch with the --branch or -b option.

cs n8han/giter8 --branch staging

And lastly, if at some point your conscript boot directory contains stale/suspect artifacts such as snapshot releases, you can clean it:

cs --clean-boot

When you next run any conscript app (such as cs) it will fetch its cleaned dependencies back into the shared boot directory; generally it only has to look as far as the local ivy cache to find them.

Private Repositories

Conscript supports private github repos using github's oauth flow for non-web apps.

To authenticate and store a permanent token, use the --auth parameter:

cs --auth yourname:yourpass

This stores an access token in ~/.conscript/config which is used for all future cs invocations. You can revoke tokens at any time in your github account settings.

The sbt 0.11+ launcher can access private Maven/Ivy repos just as sbt itself can. Specify a credentials properties file, such as ~/.ivy2/.credentials, in the sbt.boot.credentials JVM property or SBT_CREDENTIALS environment variable. The launcher will use these credentials when accessing protected resources in the specified realm.

Mailing List

Join the Conscript mailing list to ask questions and stay up to date on the project.


We hope you'll make your own programs that use conscript. The conscript-plugin makes these easier to build and test.

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