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sbt-fresh is a plugin for sbt to scaffold an opinionated fresh sbt project: it creates an sbt build according to established best practices, creates a useful package object for the root package, initializes a Git repository, creates an initial commit, etc.

Notice: The build definition created by sbt-fresh is incompatible with the -Yno-adapted-args scalac option.

Requirements: sbt 1.0 or higher

Add sbt-fresh to your global plugins definition, which most probably resides under ~/.sbt/1.0/plugins/plugins.sbt:

addSbtPlugin("de.heikoseeberger" % "sbt-fresh" % "<latest-version>")

You can define the following settings in your global build definition, which most probably sits at ~/.sbt/1.0/build.sbt:

import de.heikoseeberger.sbtfresh.License  // Only needed for `freshLicense` setting

freshOrganization     := "doe.john"        // Organization – "default" by default
freshAuthor           := "John Doe"        // Author – value of "" system property or "default" by default
freshLicense          := Some( // Optional license – `apache20` by default
freshSetUpGit         := false             // Initialize a Git repo and create an initial commit – `true` by default

Other settings which probably shouldn't be set globally:

freshName := ??? // Name – name of build directory by default; doesn't make much sense as a permanent setting

In order to scaffold a fresh sbt project, just start sbt in an empty directory. Then call the fresh command, optionally passing one or more of the following arguments (hit tab for auto completion) which override the respective settings:

  • organization
  • name
  • author
  • license
  • setUpGit


sbt> fresh license=bsd3 setUpGit=false setUpTravis=false

The following values are available for the license argument:

  • apache20
  • agpl3
  • bsd2
  • bsd3
  • gpl3
  • lgpl3
  • mit


sbt-fresh creates a project with the following layout:

+ .gitignore
+ .scalafmt.conf
+ build.sbt                      // build settings
+ LICENSE                        // license file (Apache by default)
+ project
--+             // sbt version
--+ plugins.sbt                  // sbt-git, sbt-header, sbt-scalafmt
+ src
--+ main
----+ scala
------+ package.scala            // type aliases repointing `Seq` and friends to immutable

Contribution policy

Contributions via GitHub pull requests are gladly accepted from their original author. Along with any pull requests, please state that the contribution is your original work and that you license the work to the project under the project's open source license. Whether or not you state this explicitly, by submitting any copyrighted material via pull request, email, or other means you agree to license the material under the project's open source license and warrant that you have the legal authority to do so.


This code is open source software licensed under the Apache 2.0 License.