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sbt-buildinfo generates Scala source from your build definitions.

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For sbt 1.x add sbt-buildinfo as a dependency in project/plugins.sbt:

sbt-buildinfo Scala version support

addSbtPlugin("com.eed3si9n" % "sbt-buildinfo" % "x.y.z")
  • For sbt >= 0.13.6, see 0.10.0.
  • For sbt < 0.13.6, see 0.3.2.


Add the following in your build.sbt:

lazy val root = (project in file(".")).
    buildInfoKeys := Seq[BuildInfoKey](name, version, scalaVersion, sbtVersion),
    buildInfoPackage := "hello"

When you reload the settings and compile, this generates the following:

package hello

import scala.Predef._

/** This object was generated by sbt-buildinfo. */
case object BuildInfo {
  /** The value is "helloworld". */
  val name: String = "helloworld"
  /** The value is "0.1-SNAPSHOT". */
  val version: String = "0.1-SNAPSHOT"
  /** The value is "2.10.3". */
  val scalaVersion: String = "2.10.3"
  /** The value is "0.13.2". */
  val sbtVersion: String = "0.13.2"
  override val toString: String = "name: %s, version: %s, scalaVersion: %s, sbtVersion: %s".format(name, version, scalaVersion, sbtVersion)

As this is generated source it will be found under target, specifically for a Scala 2.11 project under target/scala-2.11/src_managed/main/sbt-buildinfo

Customize buildInfoKeys by adding whatever keys you want to have in BuildInfo. You can use to change the generated field name and value, add new fields with tuples, or add new fields with values computed at build-time. Note: can handle both SettingKey[T] and TaskKey[T] types as arguments:

buildInfoKeys ++= Seq[BuildInfoKey](
  libraryDependencies in Test, { case (k, v) => "project" + k.capitalize -> v.capitalize },
  "custom" -> 1234, // computed at project load time
  BuildInfoKey.action("buildTime") {
  } // re-computed each time at compile

This generates:

  /** The value is Seq("Sonatype Public:"). */
  val resolvers: Seq[String] = Seq("Sonatype Public:")
  /** The value is Seq("org.scala-lang:scala-library:2.9.1", ...). */
  val test_libraryDependencies: Seq[String] = Seq("org.scala-lang:scala-library:2.9.1", ...)
  /** The value is "Helloworld". */
  val projectName = "Helloworld"
  /** The value is 1234. */
  val custom = 1234
  /** The value is 1346906092160L. */
  val buildTime = 1346906092160L

Tasks can be added only if they do not depend on sourceGenerators. Otherwise, it will cause an infinite loop.

Here's how to change the generated object name:

buildInfoObject := "Info"

This changes the generated object name to object Info. Changing the object name is optional, but to avoid name clash with other jars, package name should be unique. Use buildInfoPackage key for this.

buildInfoPackage := "hello"

build number

A build number can be generated as follows. Note that cross building against multiple Scala would each generate a new number.

buildInfoKeys += buildInfoBuildNumber


Add the following option

buildInfoOptions += BuildInfoOption.ToMap

to generate toMap method:

val toMap = Map[String, Any](
  "name" -> name,
  "version" -> version,
  "scalaVersion" -> scalaVersion,
  "sbtVersion" -> sbtVersion)


Add the following option

buildInfoOptions += BuildInfoOption.ToJson

to generate toJson method.


Add the following option

buildInfoOptions += BuildInfoOption.Traits("TestTrait1", "TestTrait2")

to mixin traits to the generated object.


Add the following option

buildInfoOptions += BuildInfoOption.BuildTime

to add timestamp values:

/** The value is "2015-07-30 03:30:16.849-0700". */
val builtAtString: String = "2015-07-30 03:30:16.849-0700"
/** The value is 1438227016849L. */
val builtAtMillis: Long = 1438227016849L


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