sbt plugin for generating the Java sources for Apache Avro schemas and protocols.



This is a fork of and

sbt-avro is a plugin for sbt-0.13.0 for generating the Java sources for Avro schemas and protocols.


Install the plugin

Add the plugin according to the sbt documentation.

For instance, add the following lines to the file project/plugins.sbt in your project directory:

addSbtPlugin("me.andreionut" % "sbt-avro" % "1.0.1")

Import the plugin settings

To activate the plugin, import its settings by adding the following lines to your build.sbt file:

seq( me.andreionut.SbtAvro.avroSettings : _*)


All settings and tasks are in the avro scope. If you want to execute the generate task directly, just run avro:generate.


Name Name in shell Default Description
sourceDirectory source-directory src/main/avro Path containing *.avsc, *.avdl and *.avpr files.
javaSource java-source $sourceManaged/compiled_avro Path for the generated *.java files. See Known Bugs section.
version version 1.7.3 Version of the Avro library should be used. A dependency to "org.apache.avro" % "avro-compiler" % "$version" is automatically added to libraryDependencies.
stringType string-type CharSequence Java type for string elements. Possible values: CharSequence (by default), Utf8 and String.


For example, if you want to change the Java type of the string elements in the schema, you can add the following lines to your build.sbt file:

seq( me.andreionut.sbtavro.SbtAvro.avroSettings : _*)

(stringType in avroConfig) := "String"


Name Name in shell Description
generate generate Compiles the Avro files. This task is automatically executed everytime the project is compiled.

Known Bugs

  • On sbt clean the directory set by the javaSource setting will be erased.


This program is distributed under the BSD license. See the file LICENSE for more details.


sbt-avro was created by Juan Manuel Caicedo.