Selecting default artifacts 

By default, the published artifacts are the main binary jar, a jar containing the main sources and resources, and a jar containing the API documentation. You can add artifacts for the test classes, sources, or API or you can disable some of the main artifacts.

To add all test artifacts:

publishArtifact in Test := true

To add them individually:

// enable publishing the jar produced by `test:package`
publishArtifact in (Test, packageBin) := true

// enable publishing the test API jar
publishArtifact in (Test, packageDoc) := true

// enable publishing the test sources jar
publishArtifact in (Test, packageSrc) := true

To disable main artifacts individually:

// disable publishing the main jar produced by `package`
publishArtifact in (Compile, packageBin) := false

// disable publishing the main API jar
publishArtifact in (Compile, packageDoc) := false

// disable publishing the main sources jar
publishArtifact in (Compile, packageSrc) := false

Modifying default artifacts 

Each built-in artifact has several configurable settings in addition to publishArtifact. The basic ones are artifact (of type SettingKey[Artifact]), mappings (of type TaskKey[(File,String)]), and artifactPath (of type SettingKey[File]). They are scoped by (<config>, <task>) as indicated in the previous section.

To modify the type of the main artifact, for example:

artifact in (Compile, packageBin) := {
  val previous: Artifact = (artifact in (Compile, packageBin)).value
  previous.copy(`type` = "bundle")

The generated artifact name is determined by the artifactName setting. This setting is of type (ScalaVersion, ModuleID, Artifact) => String. The ScalaVersion argument provides the full Scala version String and the binary compatible part of the version String. The String result is the name of the file to produce. The default implementation is Artifact.artifactName _. The function may be modified to produce different local names for artifacts without affecting the published name, which is determined by the artifact definition combined with the repository pattern.

For example, to produce a minimal name without a classifier or cross path:

artifactName := { (sv: ScalaVersion, module: ModuleID, artifact: Artifact) => + "-" + module.revision + "." + artifact.extension

(Note that in practice you rarely want to drop the classifier.)

Finally, you can get the (Artifact, File) pair for the artifact by mapping the packagedArtifact task. Note that if you don’t need the Artifact, you can get just the File from the package task (package, packageDoc, or packageSrc). In both cases, mapping the task to get the file ensures that the artifact is generated first and so the file is guaranteed to be up-to-date.

For example:

val myTask = taskKey[Unit]("My task.")

myTask :=  {
  val (art, file) =, packageBin).value
  println("Artifact definition: " + art)
  println("Packaged file: " + file.getAbsolutePath)

Defining custom artifacts 

In addition to configuring the built-in artifacts, you can declare other artifacts to publish. Multiple artifacts are allowed when using Ivy metadata, but a Maven POM file only supports distinguishing artifacts based on classifiers and these are not recorded in the POM.

Basic Artifact construction look like:

Artifact("name", "type", "extension")
Artifact("name", "classifier")
Artifact("name", url: URL)
Artifact("name", Map("extra1" -> "value1", "extra2" -> "value2"))

For example:

Artifact("myproject", "zip", "zip")
Artifact("myproject", "image", "jpg")
Artifact("myproject", "jdk15")

See the Ivy documentation for more details on artifacts. See the Artifact API for combining the parameters above and specifying [Configurations] and extra attributes.

To declare these artifacts for publishing, map them to the task that generates the artifact:

val myImageTask = taskKey[File](...)

myImageTask := {
  val artifact: File = makeArtifact(...)

addArtifact( Artifact("myproject", "image", "jpg"), myImageTask )

addArtifact returns a sequence of settings (wrapped in a SettingsDefinition). In a full build configuration, usage looks like:

lazy val proj = Project(...).
  settings( addArtifact(...).settings : _* )

Publishing .war files 

A common use case for web applications is to publish the .war file instead of the .jar file.

// disable .jar publishing 
publishArtifact in (Compile, packageBin) := false 

// create an Artifact for publishing the .war file 
artifact in (Compile, packageWar) := {
  val previous: Artifact = (artifact in (Compile, packageWar)).value
  previous.copy(`type` = "war", extension = "war") 

// add the .war file to what gets published 
addArtifact(artifact in (Compile, packageWar), packageWar) 

Using dependencies with artifacts 

To specify the artifacts to use from a dependency that has custom or multiple artifacts, use the artifacts method on your dependencies. For example:

libraryDependencies += "org" % "name" % "rev" artifacts(Artifact("name", "type", "ext"))

The from and classifer methods (described on the Library Management page) are actually convenience methods that translate to artifacts:

def from(url: String) = artifacts( Artifact(name, new URL(url)) )
def classifier(c: String) = artifacts( Artifact(name, c) )

That is, the following two dependency declarations are equivalent:

libraryDependencies += "org.testng" % "testng" % "5.7" classifier "jdk15"

libraryDependencies += "org.testng" % "testng" % "5.7" artifacts(Artifact("testng", "jdk15") )


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