Proxy Repositories 

It’s often the case that users wish to set up a maven/ivy proxy repository inside their corporate firewall, and have developer sbt instances resolve artifacts through such a proxy. Let’s detail what exact changes must be made for this to work.


The situation arises when many developers inside an organization are attempting to resolve artifacts. Each developer’s machine will hit the internet and download an artifact, regardless of whether or not another on the team has already done so. Proxy repositories provide a single point of remote download for an organization. In addition to control and security concerns, Proxy repositories are primarily important for increased speed across a team.


There are many good proxy repository solutions out there, with the big three being (in alphabetical order):

Once you have a proxy repository installed and configured, then it’s time to configure sbt for your needs. Read the note at the bottom about proxy issues with ivy repositories.

sbt Configuration 

sbt requires configuration in two places to make use of a proxy repository. The first is the ~/.sbt/repositories file, and the second is the launcher script.


The repositories file is an external configuration for the Launcher. The exact syntax for the configuration file is detailed in the sbt Launcher Configuration.

Here’s an example config:

  my-ivy-proxy-releases:, [organization]/[module]/(scala_[scalaVersion]/)(sbt_[sbtVersion]/)[revision]/[type]s/[artifact](-[classifier]).[ext]

This example configuration has three repositories configured for sbt.

The first resolver is local, and is used so that artifacts pushed using publishLocal will be seen in other sbt projects.

The second resolver is my-ivy-proxy-releases. This repository is used to resolve sbt itself from the company proxy repository, as well as any sbt plugins that may be required. Note that the ivy resolver pattern is important, make sure that yours matches the one shown or you may not be able to resolve sbt plugins.

The final resolver is my-maven-proxy-releases. This repository is a proxy for all standard maven repositories, including maven central.

This repositories file is all that’s required to use a proxy repository. These repositories will get included first in any sbt build, however you can add some additional configuration to force the use of the proxy repository instead of other configurations.

Using credentials for the proxy repository 

In case you need to define credentials to connect to your proxy repository, define en environment variable SBT_CREDENTIALS that points to the file containing your credentials:



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