1. sbt 1.1.x releases

sbt 1.1.x releases 

sbt 1.1.6 

Bug fixes 


A huge thank you to everyone who’s helped improve sbt and Zinc 1 by using them, reporting bugs, improving our documentation, porting builds, porting plugins, and submitting and reviewing pull requests.

sbt 1.1.6 was brought to you by 15 contributors, according to git shortlog -sn --no-merges v1.1.5...v1.1.6 on sbt, zinc, librarymanagement, util, io, launcher-package, and website: Ethan Atkins, Eugene Yokota, Dale Wijnand, Aaron S. Hawley, OlegYch, Richard Summerhayes, Jannis (dadarakt), Rikito Taniguchi (tanishiking), Øyvind Høisæther, Daniel Westheide, Harrison Houghton, Holden Karau, Håkon Wold, Jason Zaugg, and tekay.

sbt 1.1.5 

Bug fixes 


Watcher improvements 

Continuing from sbt 1.1.4, Ethan Atkins contributed fixes and improvements for triggered execution ~ watcher. sbt 1.1.5 should fix the latency between file modification events and the command execution.

VS Code extension update 

We released a new sbt VS Code extension that starts sbt session in the embedded terminal window. This was contributed by Robert Walker (@WalkingOlof) in sbt#4130.

sbt by example 

We added sbt by example to the sbt documentation. This is a single-page guide that takes you from zero to building an app on Docker, inspired by, and largely based on William Narmontas (@ScalaWilliam)’s Essential sbt.


A huge thank you to everyone who’s helped improve sbt and Zinc 1 by using them, reporting bugs, improving our documentation, porting builds, porting plugins, and submitting and reviewing pull requests.

sbt 1.1.5 was brought to you by 21 constributors, according to git shortlog -sn --no-merges v1.1.4...v1.1.5 on sbt, zinc, librarymanagement, util, io, launcher-packege, and website: Eugene Yokota, Ethan Atkins, Jason Zaugg, Liu Fengyun, Antonio Cunei, Dale Wijnand, Roberto Bonvallet, Alexey Alekhin, Daniel Parks, Heikki Vesalainen, Jean-Luc Deprez, Jessica Hamilton, Kenji Yoshida (xuwei-k), Nikita Gazarov, OlegYch, Richard Summerhayes, Robert Walker, Seth Tisue, Som Snytt, oneill, and 杨博 (Yang Bo)

sbt 1.1.4 

Bug fixes 


Triggered execution on macOS 

sbt has long had issues with triggered execution on macOS. Ethan Atkins has contributed a fix for this problem by merging MacOSXWatchService from his CloseWatch. Thanks, Ethan!

Credit also goes to Greg Methvin and Takari’s directory-watcher. #3860/#4071/io#138 by @eatkins

Running sbt with standby 

One of the tricky things you come across while profiling is figuring out the process ID, while wanting to profile the beginning of the application.

For this purpose, we’ve added sbt.launcher.standby JVM flag. Starting sbt 1.1.4, you can run:

$ sbt -J-Dsbt.launcher.standby=20s exit

This will count down for 20s before doing anything else. launcher#51 by @eed3si9n

Loading performance improvement 

Using Flame graph (if you haven’t yet, check out Profiling JVM applications post), Jason Zaugg identified hashing code of the build file to be one of the hot paths during sbt startup. Flame graph supports Ctrl+F to filter on method names; and when I ran it, it showed 4.5% of the time was spent in Eval#evalCommon method.

Instead of creating an intermediate Array[Byte] and passing it to MessageDigest at the end, Jason suggested that we pass the arrays to MessageDigest#update in a more procedural style. After confirming that it worked, we’ve next identified file timestamp code to be the next bottle neck using Flame graph, so that was switched to using NIO. After both changes, Eval#evalCommon’s footprint reduced to 2.3%.

This means that your build loads slightly faster on sbt 1.1.4 (about 0.54s faster on akka/akka, for example). #4067 by @eed3si9n


A huge thank you to everyone who’s helped improve sbt and Zinc 1 by using them, reporting bugs, improving our documentation, porting builds, porting plugins, and submitting and reviewing pull requests.

sbt 1.1.4 was brought to you by 11 contributors, according to git shortlog -sn --no-merges v1.1.2...v1.1.4 on sbt, zinc, librarymanagement, util, io, launcher-packege, and website: Eugene Yokota, Dale Wijnand, 杨博 (Yang Bo), Ethan Atkins, Sam Halliday, Aaron S. Hawley, Gabriele Petronella, Jason Steenstra-Pickens, Jason Zaugg, Julien Jean Paul Sirocchi, and aumann.

sbt 1.1.2 

Bug fixes 

  • Fixes triggered execution’s resource leak by caching the watch service. #3999 by @eatkins
  • Fixes classloader inheriting the dependencies of Scala compiler during run zinc#505 by @eed3si9n
  • Fixes forked test concurrency issue. #4030 by @eatkins
  • Fixes new command leaving behind target directory #4033 by @eed3si9n
  • Fixes handling on null Content-Type. lm214 by @staale
  • Fixes null handling of managedChecksums in ivySettings file. lm#218 by @IanGabes
  • Adds sbt.boot.lock as a JVM property to opt-out of locking. #3927 by @dwijnand
  • Provides SBT_GLOBAL_SERVER_DIR env var as a workaround to long socket file path on UNIX. #3932 by @dwijnand
  • Fixes forked runs reporting noisy “Stream closed” exception. #3970 by @retronym
  • Fixes test compilation not getting included in VS Code save trigger. #4022 by @tmiyamon
  • Fixes sbt server responding with string id when number id passed. #4025 by @tiqwab
  • Fixes getDecoder in Analysis format zinc#502 by @jilen
  • Fixes equal / hashCode inconsistencies around Array. zinc#513 by @eed3si9n
  • Whitelists java9-rt-ext-output in rt export process lp#211 by @eatkins
  • Fixes JDK version detection for Java 10 friendliness. lp#219 by @eed3si9n and @2m
  • Fixes quoting in Windows bat file. lp#220 by @ForNeVeR
  • Fixes -error not suppressing startup logs. #4036 by @eed3si9n




sbt 1.1.2 was brought to you by 23 contributors, according to git shortlog -sn --no-merges v1.1.1...v1.1.2 on sbt, zinc, librarymanagement, util, io, launcher-packege, and website: Dale Wijnand, Eugene Yokota, Jason Zaugg, Kenji Yoshida (xuwei-k), Ethan Atkins, Martijn Hoekstra, Martynas Mickevičius, Dennis Hörsch, Hosam Aly, Antonio Cunei, Friedrich von Never, Hiroshi Ito, Ian Gabes, Jilen Zhang, Mathias Bogaert, Naohisa Murakami (tiqwab), Philippus Baalman, Ryan Bair, Seth Tisue, Ståle Undheim, Takuya Miyamoto (tmiyamon), Yasuhiro Tatsuno. Thank you!

sbt 1.1.1 

Bug fixes 


  • Deprecates Extracted#append in favour of appendWithSession or appendWithoutSession. #3865 by @dwijnand
  • Adds a new global Boolean setting called autoStartServer. See below.
  • Upgrades Scala versions used for sbt cross building ^^. #3923 by @dwijnand
  • Many documentation maintenance changes by @xuwei-k.

autoStartServer setting 

sbt 1.1.1 adds a new global Boolean setting called autoStartServer, which is set to true by default. When set to true, sbt shell will automatically start sbt server. Otherwise, it will not start the server until startSever command is issued. This could be used to opt out of server for security reasons.

#3922 by @swaldman


sbt 1.1.1 was brought to you by 16 contributors, according to git shortlog -sn --no-merges v1.1.0 ..v1.1.0 on sbt, zinc, librarymanagement, util, io, and website: Kenji Yoshida (xuwei-k), Eugene Yokota, Dale Wijnand, Antonio Cunei, Steve Waldman, Arnout Engelen, Deokhwan Kim, OlegYch, Robert Walker, Jorge Vicente Cantero (jvican), Claudio Bley, Eric Peters, Lena Brüder, Seiya Mizuno, Seth Tisue, j-keck. Thank you!

sbt 1.1.0 

This is a feature release for sbt 1.0.x series.

Features, fixes, changes with compatibility implications 

  • sbt server feature is reworked in sbt 1.1.0. See below.
  • Changes version setting default to 0.1.0-SNAPSHOT for compatibility with Semantic Versioning. #3577 by @laughedelic


  • Unifies sbt shell and build.sbt syntax. See below.


  • Fixes ClasspathFilter that was causing Class.forName to not work in run. zinc#473 / #3736 / #3733 / #3647 / #3608 by @ravwojdyla
  • Fixes Java compilation causing NullPointerException by making PositionImpl thread-safe. zinc#465 by @eed3si9n
  • Fixes PollingWatchService by preventing concurrent modification of keysWithEvents map. io#90 by @mechkg, which fixes ~ related issues #3687, #3695, and #3775.
  • Provides workaround for File#lastModified() losing millisecond-precision by using native code when possible. io#92/io#106 by @cunei
  • Fixes IO.relativize not working with relative path. io#108 by @dwijnand
  • Fixes warning message when multiple instances are detected. #3828 by @eed3si9n
  • Fixes over-compilation bug with Java 9. zinc#450 by @retronym
  • Fixes handling of deeply nested Java classes. zinc#423 by @romanowski
  • Fixes JavaDoc not printing all errors. zinc#415 by @raboof
  • Preserves JAR order in ScalaInstance.otherJars. zinc#411 by @dwijnand
  • Fixes used name when it contains NL. zinc#449 by @jilen
  • Fixes handling of ThisProject. #3609 by @dwijnand
  • Escapes imports from sbt files, so if user creates a backquoted definition then task evalution will not fail. #3635 by @panaeon
  • Removes reference to version 0.14.0 from a warning message. #3693 by @saniyatech
  • Fixes screpl throwing “Not a valid key: console-quick”. #3762 by @xuwei-k
  • Restores Scala 2.13.0-M1 support. #461 by @dwijnand
  • Fixes the encoding of Unix-like file path to use file:///. #3805 by @eed3si9n
  • Fixes Log4J2 initialization error during startup. #3814 by @dwijnand


  • Filters scripted tests based on optional project/build.properties. See below.
  • Adds Project#withId to change a project’s id. #3601 by @dwijnand
  • Adds reboot dev command, which deletes the current artifact from the boot directory. This is useful when working with development versions of sbt. #3659 by @eed3si9n
  • Adds a check for a change in sbt version before reload. #1055/#3673 by @RomanIakovlev
  • Adds a new setting insideCI, which indicates that sbt is likely running in an Continuous Integration environment. #3672 by @RomanIakovlev
  • Adds nameOption to Command trait. #3671 by @miklos-martin
  • Adds POSIX persmission operations in IO, such as IO.chmod(..). io#76 by @eed3si9n
  • Treat sbt 1 modules using Semantic Versioning in the eviction warning. lm#188 by @eed3si9n
  • Uses kind-projector in the code. #3650 by @dwijnand
  • Make displayOnly etc methods strict in Completions. #3763 by @xuwei-k

Unified slash syntax for sbt shell and build.sbt 

This adds unified slash syntax for both sbt shell and the build.sbt DSL. Instead of the current <project-id>/config:intask::key, this adds <project-id>/<config-ident>/intask/key where <config-ident> is the Scala identifier notation for the configurations like Compile and Test. (The old shell syntax will continue to function)

These examples work both from the shell and in build.sbt.

Global / cancelable
ThisBuild / scalaVersion
Test / test
root / Compile / compile / scalacOptions
Zero / Zero / name

The inspect command now outputs something that can be copy-pasted:

> inspect compile
[info] Task: sbt.inc.Analysis
[info] Description:
[info]  Compiles sources.
[info] Provided by:
[info]  ProjectRef(uri("file:/xxx/helloworld/"),"root")/Compile/compile
[info] Defined at:
[info]  (sbt.Defaults) Defaults.scala:326
[info] Dependencies:
[info]  Compile/manipulateBytecode
[info]  Compile/incCompileSetup

#1812/#3434/#3617/#3620 by @eed3si9n and @dwijnand

sbt server 

sbt server feature was reworked to use Language Server Protocol 3.0 (LSP) as the wire protocol, a protocol created by Microsoft for Visual Studio Code.

To discover a running server, sbt 1.1.0 creates a port file at ./project/target/active.json relative to a build:


local: indicates a UNIX domain socket. Here’s how we can say hello to the server using nc. (^M can be sent Ctrl-V then Return):

$ nc -U /Users/foo/.sbt/1.0/server/0845deda85cb41abcdef/sock
Content-Length: 99^M
{ "jsonrpc": "2.0", "id": 1, "method": "initialize", "params": { "initializationOptions": { } } }^M

sbt server adds network access to sbt’s shell command so, in addition to accepting input from the terminal, server also to accepts input from the network. Here’s how we can call compile:

Content-Length: 93^M
{ "jsonrpc": "2.0", "id": 2, "method": "sbt/exec", "params": { "commandLine": "compile" } }^M

The running sbt session should now queue compile, and return back with compiler warnings and errors, if any:

Content-Length: 296
Content-Type: application/vscode-jsonrpc; charset=utf-8

{"jsonrpc":"2.0","method":"textDocument/publishDiagnostics","params":{"uri":"file:/Users/foo/work/hellotest/Hello.scala","diagnostics":[{"range":{"start":{"line":2,"character":26},"end":{"line":2,"character":27}},"severity":1,"source":"sbt","message":"object X is not a member of package foo"}]}}

#3524/#3556 by @eed3si9n

VS Code extension 

The primary use case we have in mind for the sbt server is tooling integration such as editors and IDEs. As a proof of concept, we created a Visual Studio Code extension called Scala (sbt).

Currently this extension is able to:

Filtering scripted tests using project/build.properties 

For all scripted tests in which project/build.properties exist, the value of the sbt.version property is read. If its binary version is different from sbtBinaryVersion in pluginCrossBuild the test will be skipped and a message indicating this will be logged.

This allows you to define scripted tests that track the minimum supported sbt versions, e.g. 0.13.9 and 1.0.0-RC2. #3564/#3566 by @jonas


sbt 1.1.0 was brought to you by 33 contributors, according to git shortlog -sn --no-merges v1.0.4..v1.1.0 on sbt, zinc, librarymanagement, util, io, and website: Eugene Yokota, Dale Wijnand, Antonio Cunei, Kenji Yoshida (xuwei-k), Alexey Alekhin, Simon Schäfer, Jorge Vicente Cantero (jvican), Miklos Martin, Jeffrey Olchovy, Jonas Fonseca, Andrey Artemov, Arnout Engelen, Dominik Winter, Krzysztof Romanowski, Roman Iakovlev, Wiesław Popielarski, Age Mooij, Allan Timothy Leong, Ivan Poliakov, Jason Zaugg, Jilen Zhang, Long Jinwei, Martin Duhem, Michael Stringer, Michael Wizner, Nud Teeraworamongkol, OlegYch, PanAeon, Philippus Baalman, Pierre Dal-Pra, Rafal Wojdyla, Saniya Tech, Tom Walford, and many others who contributed ideas. Thank you!