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Scavro is an SBT plugin for automatically calling Avro code generation and a thin scala wrapper for reading and writing Avro files.

The two components can work fully independently, so one can use the SBT plugin to automate Avro's Java code generation and use the default SpecificDatumWriter API supplied by Avro.

Scavro Plugin

The Scavro Plugin is an SBT plugin that automates calling Avro's code generation. To use, you must import the scavro library into your project's SBT settings by adding the following line to your plugins.sbt file:

addSbtPlugin("org.oedura" % "scavro-plugin" % "1.0.3")

Note that, whatever version of Scala you use in your project, SBT runs on 2.10.

Avro schema and protocol files can then be added to your Build.scala or build.sbt file.

avroSchemaFiles := Seq(file("SchemaFile.avsc"))
avroProtocolFiles := Seq(file("ProtocolFile.avpr"))
avroIDLFiles := Seq(file("AvroIdlFile.avdl"))

Running sbt compile will then call the avro-tools compiler and generate java files into the directory specified by the avroCodeOutputDirectory SBT key.

Typically, although by no means necessarily, one would write a scala case class wrapper around the java class(es) generated in order to use the scala reader and writer described below.

A complete demonstration project is available as a reference.

# cd demo
# sbt run
[info] Running org.oedura.scavrodemo.ReadWriteDemo
{"name": "Plywood table top", "price": 13.95, "quantity": 1}
{"name": "2x4 raw lumber", "price": 2.95, "quantity": 2}
{"name": "Wood Screws -- 3in No. 10", "price": 0.065, "quantity": 30}
{"name": "Wood varnish (can)", "price": 3.95, "quantity": 1}
The order total comes to $25.75
[success] Total time: 1 s, completed Sep 2, 2015 12:32:41 PM

Scavro Reader and Writer

Scavro also provides a lightweight scala wrapper for Avro's read and write functionality through the AvroReader and AvroWriter classes. They can be used to serialize or deserialize a Seq of objects that implements the AvroSerializeable trait. Additionally, there must be an implicit instance of AvroMetadata to map the scala class to the code generated java class. This requirement can be met by using LineItem from the demo project as a boilerplate template.

case class LineItem(name: String, price: Double, quantity: Int)
    extends AvroSerializeable {
  // Additional boilerplate omited

object LineItem {
  implicit def reader = new AvroReader[LineItem] { override type J = ... }
  implicit val metadata: AvroMetadata[LineItem, JLineItem] =
    new AvroMetadata[LineItem, JLineItem] { ... }

dataToWrite: Seq[LineItem] = ...

// Write an avro file
val writer = AvroWriter[LineItem](filename)

// Read an avro file
val reader: AvroReader[LineItem] = AvroReader[LineItem]
val dataRead: Seq[LineItem] =

To utilize the Scavro runtime classes add the following to your build.sbt or Build.scala file. This dependency is independent of the addSbtPlugin command described in the Scavro Plugin section. Use that if you want the compile time code generation functionality, use this if you want the runtime functionality, and use both if you want both.

libraryDependencies ++= Seq(
  "org.oedura" %% "scavro" % "1.0.3"

The manual url specification is required because the runtime library and SBT plugin are distributed in a single package. This may change in version 1.0.


Contributions are welcome. Submit pull requests to the master branch for core improvements and bug fixes. If you feel more ambitious, check out the code_generation feature branch.

The demo project is considered an integration test and must run correctly before pull requests will be accepted. Run stb test in both the project root directory and also in the demo directory.


Thanks for assistance:

... and the Oyster engineering team.


Copyright (C) 2015 Oyster and individual contributors

Licensed under the Apache 2.0 license.


An SBT plugin for automatically calling Avro code generation and a thin scala wrapper for reading and writing Avro files




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