sbt server with Sublime Text 3


On Tech Hub blog I demonstrated how to use sbt server from VS Code to display compiler errors from a running sbt session. In this post, I'll show how to do that for Sublime Text 3.

setting up Sublime Text 3 with sbt server

First, add tomv564/LSP plugin to Sublime Text 3.

  1. cd ~/Library/Application\ Support/Sublime\ Text\ 3/Packages
  2. git clone
  3. Run 'Preferences > Package Control > Satisfy Dependencies'

Next, download sbt-server-stdio.js and save it to ~/bin/ or somewhere you keep scripts. sbt server by default uses Unix domain sockets on POSIX systems and named pipe on Windows, but editors seem to expect stdio. The script is a Node script that's included as our VS Code extension that discovers the socket, and fronts it with stdio.

We can now configure the Language Server client. Open 'Preferences > Package Settings > LSP > Settings'.

      "command": ["node", "/Users/someone/bin/sbt-server-stdio.js"],
      "scopes": ["source.scala"],
      "syntaxes": ["Packages/Scala/Scala.sublime-syntax"],
      "languageId": "scala"

Note: Substitute /Users/someone/bin/ with your own path.


Run some project using sbt 1.1.0-RC1 with -no-colors option:

$ sbt -no-colors

Once the sbt server comes up, open the directory using Sublime.

Similar to the VS Code extension, this integration is able to

  • Run compile at the root project on saving *.scala files.
  • Display compiler errors.
  • Display log messages on Ctrl-`
  • Jump to class definitons