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Add the following lines to ~/.sbt/0.13/plugins/build.sbt or PROJECT_DIR/project/plugins.sbt

addSbtPlugin("com.github.mpeltonen" % "sbt-idea" % "1.6.0")

To use the latest snapshot version, add also Sonatype snapshots repository resolver into the same plugins.sbt file:

resolvers += "Sonatype snapshots" at ""

addSbtPlugin("com.github.mpeltonen" % "sbt-idea" % "1.7.0-SNAPSHOT")


Basic project

Use the gen-idea sbt task to create Idea project files.

Project with dependencies

If you have two sbt projects A and B, and A depends on B, then use the gen-idea sbt task on Project A to create Idea project files for both projects.

The projects need to be set up in the following way:

Project A:

import sbt._

object A extends Build {
  lazy val A = Project("A", file(".")) aggregate(B) dependsOn(B)
  lazy val B = RootProject(file("../B"))

Project B:

import sbt._

object B extends Build {
  lazy val B = Project("B", file("."))

Sources and javadocs

By default, classifiers (i.e. sources and javadocs) of dependencies are loaded if found and references added to Idea project files. If you don't want to download/reference them, use command 'gen-idea no-classifiers'.

Configuration settings

Exclude some folders

In your build.sbt:

ideaExcludeFolders += ".idea"

ideaExcludeFolders += ".idea_modules"

Or in your Build.scala:

import org.sbtidea.SbtIdeaPlugin._
lazy val myproject = Project(id = "XXXX" ....)
.settings(ideaExcludeFolders := ".idea" :: ".idea_modules" :: Nil)

Include extra test configurations

In your Build.scala:

lazy val LoadTest = config("test-load") extend Test
lazy val loadTestSettings : Seq[Setting[_]] = inConfig(LoadTest)(Defaults.testSettings ++ Seq(sourceDirectory in LoadTest <<= (sourceDirectory in LoadTest)(_ / ".." / "test-load")))

lazy val root = Project(...)
  .settings(ideaExtraTestConfigurations := Seq(LoadTest) :: Nil)
  .configs( LoadTest )
  .settings( loadTestSettings : _*)



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