1. Remote Caching

Remote Caching 

sbt 1.4.0 / Zinc 1.4.0 virtualizes the file paths tracked during incremental compilation, and uses content hash for change detection. With these combination, we can realize repeatable build, also known as build as function.

This enables experimental remote caching (cached compilation) feature. The idea is for a team of developers and/or a continuous integration (CI) system to share build outputs. If the build is repeatable, the output from one machine can be reused by another machine, which can make the build significantly faster.


ThisBuild / pushRemoteCacheTo := Some(MavenCache("local-cache", file("/tmp/remote-cache")))

Then from machine 1, call pushRemoteCache. This will publish the *.class and Zinc Analysis artifacts to the location. Next, from machine 2, call pullRemoteCache.

Remote caching via Maven repository 

As of sbt 1.4.0, we’re reusing the Maven publishing and resolution mechanism to exchange the cached build outputs. This is likely to easy to get started using existing infrastructure such as Bintray.

In the future, we might consider simpler cache server like plain HTTP server that uses PUT and GET. This would require someone to host an HTTP server somewhere, but provisioning them might become simpler.

ThisBuild / rootPaths 

To abstract machine-specific paths such as your working directory and Coursier cache directory, sbt keeps a map of root paths in ThisBuild / rootPaths. If your build adds special paths for your source or output directory, add them to ThisBuild / rootPaths.


As of sbt 1.4.0, remoteCacheId uses Git commit id. A better implementation might be to use the sum of content hash for all inputs to avoid unnecessary network IO.