sbt / zinc Edit

Scala incremental compiler library, originally part of sbt

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Build Status

Zinc is the incremental compiler for Scala. Most Scala developers use it daily without noticing -- it's embedded in key build tools like sbt, CBT and pants.

The primary goal of Zinc is to make your compilation times faster without sacrificing correctness. When you change a source file, Zinc analyses the dependencies of your code and compiles the minimum subset of source files affected by your change. The generated code should be identical to the output of a clean compile.


Originally this project was part of sbt, referred to as the incremental compiler module of sbt.

To allow for build tools outside of sbt to use it, the project typesafehub/zinc was created to re-export the whole of sbt to utilise the incremental compiler module.

With the effort for sbt 1, the sbt team extracted the incremental compiler from the sbt repo, to the sbt/zinc repo, recycling the name "zinc".

This new repository is an effort driven by Lightbend to allow any build tool use the Scala incremental compiler, as sbt 1.0, pants, bazel, cbt, Intellij, Scala IDE and Maven Plugin.

Current status

The Zinc 1.0 incremental compiler implements significant improvements over 0.13.13's version when it comes to performance, correctness and dependency analysis.

Besides it's use in sbt, Zinc 1.0 is also used by many build tools in the Scala ecosystem:

  • Bazel via rules_scala
  • Bloop - a compile server using zinc to compile Scala and Java code
  • Maven via the Scalor Plugin
  • Mill - a Scala-based build tools using zinc to compile Java and Scala code
  • Pants - a Python-based build tool for monorepos

If you want to create your own integration, you have two options:

  1. Interface directly with Zinc APIs and maintain your own integration.
  2. Use Bloop (which has a compilation server that simplifies tooling integrations).

Installation and use

If you're a build tool author, add it to your project with:

libraryDependencies += "org.scala-sbt" %% "zinc" % "$ZINC_VERSION"

where $ZINC_VERSION is the latest tag pushed to the GitHub repository.

Code of conduct

All communication in sbt/* repositories, including Zinc, and Gitter chat rooms such as sbt/zinc-contrib are covered by Lightbend Community Code of Conduct. Please be kind and courteous to each other.


This project is maintained by Lightbend, the Scala Center and other OSS contributors.

You're welcome to contribute to this repository. For information on how to contribute, please check the CONTRIBUTING guide.

This software is released under the following LICENSE.

Note to compiler bridge authors

The compiler bridge classes are loaded using java.util.ServiceLoader. In other words, the class implementing xsbti.compile.CompilerInterface2 must be mentioned in a file named: /META-INF/services/xsbti.compile.CompilerInterface2.


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