Global Settings

Global Settings

Basic global configuration file

Settings that should be applied to all projects can go in ~/.sbt/0.13/global.sbt (or any file in ~/.sbt/0.13/ with a .sbt extension). Plugins that are defined globally in ~/.sbt/0.13/plugins/ are available to these settings. For example, to change the default shellPrompt for your projects:


shellPrompt := { state =>
 "sbt (%s)> ".format(Project.extract(state)

Global Settings using a Global Plugin

The ~/.sbt/0.13/plugins/ directory is a global plugin project. This can be used to provide global commands, plugins, or other code.

To add a plugin globally, create ~/.sbt/0.13/plugins/build.sbt containing the dependency definitions. For example:

addSbtPlugin("org.example" % "plugin" % "1.0")

To change the default shellPrompt for every project using this approach, create a local plugin ~/.sbt/0.13/plugins/ShellPrompt.scala`:

import sbt._
import Keys._

object ShellPrompt extends Plugin {
  override def settings = Seq(
    shellPrompt := { state =>
      "sbt (%s)> ".format(Project.extract(state) }

The ~/.sbt/0.13/plugins/ directory is a full project that is included as an external dependency of every plugin project. In practice, settings and code defined here effectively work as if they were defined in a project's project/ directory. This means that ~/.sbt/0.13/plugins/ can be used to try out ideas for plugins such as shown in the shellPrompt example.

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