Zinc is a stand-alone version of sbt's incremental compiler.
Download the latest stable version.
Zinc is currently in a maintenance mode. There's no active development of new features. New releases are meant to stay up-to-date with latest sbt releases. Zinc tries to follow final releases of sbt. It doesn't follow milestone releases but exceptions can be introduced on a case-by-case basis.
Maintenance of zinc is performed on a best-effort terms. We try our best to not lag behind sbt with zinc releases but we do not guarantee it. Occasional delays can happen due to other priorities.
If you are interested in helping with zinc maintenance or development, please contact Grzegorz Kossakowski from Typesafe.
Zinc is built using sbt 0.13. To create the full distribution:
Here's the table of final releases in 0.3.x series:
|zinc version||sbt version||Download|
To get information about options run
scalac the main options for compiling are
-classpath for specifying
the classpath elements, and
-d for selecting the output directory. Anything
passed on the command-line that is not an option is considered to be a source
Zinc needs to locate the Scala compiler jar, Scala library jar, and any extra Scala jars (like Scala reflect). There are three alternative ways to specify the Scala jars.
-scala-home point to the base directory of a Scala distribution (which
needs to contain a
lib directory with the Scala jars).
-scala-path the compiler, library, and any extra jars (like scala
reflect) can be listed directly as a path.
-scala-library to directly specify the Scala library,
to specify the Scala compiler, and
-scala-extra to specify any extra Scala
If no options are passed to locate a version of Scala then Scala 2.9.2 is used by default (which is bundled with zinc).
To pass options to scalac simply prefix with
-S. For example, deprecation
warnings can be enabled with
-S-deprecation. For multi-part options add the
-S prefix to all parts. For example, the sourcepath option can be specified
To select a different
javac to compile Java sources, use the
option. To pass options to javac, prefix with
If mixed Java and Scala sources are being compiled then the compile order can be
-compile-order, where the available orders are
ScalaThenJava. The default order is
If only Java sources are being compiled then the
-java-only option can be
added to avoid the Scala library jar being automatically added to the classpath.
Zinc comes with built-in Nailgun integration. Running with Nailgun provides zinc as a server, communicating commands via a client, keeping cached compilers in a warm running JVM and avoiding startup and load times.
To run zinc as a build daemon add the
-nailed option to all commands, or
alias zinc="zinc -nailed".
Nailgun client binaries for common platforms are bundled with zinc. If an
client is on the current path then this will be used instead.
To shutdown the zinc server run
zinc -shutdown. To list currently cached zinc
The log level can be set directly with
-log-level debug|info|warn|error. Or to
set to debug use
-debug. To silence all logging use
The analysis used to determine which files to incrementally recompile is stored
in a file. The default location for the analysis cache is relative to the output
directory. To specify a different location for the analysis cache use the
-analysis-cache option. When compiling multiple projects, and the analysis
cache is not at the default location, then a mapping from output directory to
cache file for any upstreams projects should also be provided with the
There are options for configuring the incremental compiler. One useful option is
-transactional, which will restore the previous class files on compilation
failure. This allows fixes to be made before retrying incremental compilation,
rather than forcing recompilation of larger parts of the source tree due to the
error and deleted class files.
zinc -help for information about all options.
Contributions via GitHub pull requests are gladly accepted from their original author. Before we can accept pull requests, you will need to agree to the Typesafe Contributor License Agreement online, using your GitHub account.
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