This page describes how to publish your project. Publishing consists of uploading a descriptor, such as an Ivy file or Maven POM, and artifacts, such as a jar or war, to a repository so that other projects can specify your project as a dependency.

The publish action is used to publish your project to a remote repository. To use publishing, you need to specify the repository to publish to and the credentials to use. Once these are set up, you can run publish.

The publishLocal action is used to publish your project to a local Ivy repository. You can then use this project from other projects on the same machine.

Define the repository 

To specify the repository, assign a repository to publishTo and optionally set the publishing style. For example, to upload to Nexus:

publishTo := Some("Sonatype Snapshots Nexus" at "")

To publish to a local repository:

publishTo := Some(Resolver.file("file",  new File( "path/to/my/maven-repo/releases" )) )

Publishing to the users local maven repository:

publishTo := Some(Resolver.file("file",  new File(Path.userHome.absolutePath+"/.m2/repository")))

If you’re using Maven repositories you will also have to select the right repository depending on your artifacts: SNAPSHOT versions go to the /snapshot repository while other versions go to the /releases repository. Doing this selection can be done by using the value of the isSnapshot SettingKey:

publishTo := {
  val nexus = ""
  if (isSnapshot.value)
    Some("snapshots" at nexus + "content/repositories/snapshots") 
    Some("releases"  at nexus + "service/local/staging/deploy/maven2")


There are two ways to specify credentials for such a repository. The first is to specify them inline:

credentials += Credentials("Some Nexus Repository Manager", "", "admin", "admin123")

The second and better way is to load them from a file, for example:

credentials += Credentials(Path.userHome / ".ivy2" / ".credentials")

The credentials file is a properties file with keys realm, host, user, and password. For example:

realm=My Nexus Repository Manager


To support multiple incompatible Scala versions, enable cross building and do + publish (see Cross Build). See [Resolvers] for other supported repository types.

Published artifacts 

By default, the main binary jar, a sources jar, and a API documentation jar are published. You can declare other types of artifacts to publish and disable or modify the default artifacts. See the Artifacts page for details.

Modifying the generated POM 

When publishMavenStyle is true, a POM is generated by the makePom action and published to the repository instead of an Ivy file. This POM file may be altered by changing a few settings. Set pomExtra to provide XML (scala.xml.NodeSeq) to insert directly into the generated pom. For example:

pomExtra :=
      <name>Apache 2</name>

makePom adds to the POM any Maven-style repositories you have declared. You can filter these by modifying pomRepositoryFilter, which by default excludes local repositories. To instead only include local repositories:

pomIncludeRepository := { (repo: MavenRepository) => 

There is also a pomPostProcess setting that can be used to manipulate the final XML before it is written. It’s type is Node => Node.

pomPostProcess := { (node: Node) =>

Publishing Locally 

The publishLocal command will publish to the local Ivy repository. By default, this is in ${user.home}/.ivy2/local. Other projects on the same machine can then list the project as a dependency. For example, if the SBT project you are publishing has configuration parameters like:

name := "My Project"

organization := ""

version := "0.1-SNAPSHOT"

Then another project can depend on it:

libraryDependencies += "" %% "my-project" % "0.1-SNAPSHOT"

The version number you select must end with SNAPSHOT, or you must change the version number each time you publish. Ivy maintains a cache, and it stores even local projects in that cache. If Ivy already has a version cached, it will not check the local repository for updates, unless the version number matches a changing pattern, and SNAPSHOT is one such pattern.


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