Getting started with sbt

Install SBT on Linux

Full instructions can be found here.

  1. Install the JDK.

  2. Set the Java Environment variable.

    export JAVA_HOME=/usr/local/java/jdk1.8.0_102
    echo $JAVA_HOME
    export PATH=$PATH:$JAVA_HOME/bin/
    echo $PATH
  3. Install Scala.

    sudo wget
    sudo dpkg -i scala-2.11.8.deb
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install scala
  4. Install SBT.

    sudo dpkg -i sbt-0.13.9.deb
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install sbt

RPM-based Linux Distributions

  • Download SBT repository definitions and add it to YUM:

    curl | sudo tee /etc/yum.repos.d/bintray-sbt-rpm.repo
  • Install SBT according to the definitions previously added to YUM:

    sudo yum install sbt

Install SBT on Windows


MSI installers can be found here. This is the latest stable version. Download and execute to install.

Verify Installation

  • Use the WindowsKey + R, type cmd.

  • Alternatively, navigate to the .sbt (for example, in C:\Users\Hopper) and type cmd in the address bar.

  • Type sbt about to get version information, verifying it is installed. You should see something like this:

    Java HotSpot(TM) 64-But Server VM warning: ignoring option MaxPermSize=256m; support was removed in 8.0
    [info] Set current project to root--sbt (in build file:/C:/Users/Hopper/.sbt/)
    [info] This is sbt 0.13.8

Install on Mac OSX

Full official instructions can be found here.


Install MacPorts. Then, in the terminal execute:

port install sbt


Install Homebrew. Then, in the terminal execute:

brew install sbt


Download sbt All platforms (tgz) installation from SBT.

sudo su
cd /opt
mkdir sbt
cd sbt
curl -o sbt-0.13.13.tgz

Then, execute following

tar zxf sbt-0.13.13.tgz
ln -s sbt-0.13.13 latest

Inside your $HOME make sure to update ~/.profile - by adding following lines

export SBT_HOME=/opt/sbt/latest
export PATH=$PATH:$SBT_HOME/bin


In the terminal execute:

which sbt

You should expect output similar to:


If you get no output sbt is not installed.

Import SBT Project into Eclipse

This assumes you have installed both Eclipse and SBT.

  • Install the SBT plugin for Eclipse from the Eclipse marketplace.

  • In the command line switch directory to the root directory of the project.

    $ cd ~/home/sample/project

  • Execute sbt, which will load the project.

    $ sbt

  • Compile the project to ensure dependencies are obtainable.

    > compile

  • Run the eclipse task:

    > eclipse

  • Go into Eclipse and select the menu option:

    File > New > Project From Existing Sources

  • In the wizard, navigate to your project directory and select it. Eclipse will handle the rest.

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