sbt 1.5.0-RC2


Hi everyone. On behalf of the sbt project, I am happy to announce sbt 1.5.0-RC2. This is the fifth feature release of sbt 1.x, a binary compatible release focusing on new features. sbt 1.x is released under Semantic Versioning, and the plugins are expected to work throughout the 1.x series.

  • If no serious issues are found by Saturday, April 3rd 2021, 1.5.0-RC2 will become 1.5.0 final.
  • If no serious issues are found by Saturday, March 27th 2021, 1.5.0-RC1 will become 1.5.0 final.

The headline features of sbt 1.5.0 are:

  • Scala 3 support
  • Eviction error
  • Deprecation of sbt 0.13 syntax

How to upgrade

You can upgrade to sbt 1.5.0-RC2 by putting the following in project/


Changes since RC-1

  • Updates to Coursier 2.0.15
  • Fixes full recompilation after reboot by fixing Modifier access zinc#968 by @adpi2
  • Fixes spurious "@nowarn annotation does not suppress any warnings" #6403 by @adpi2
  • Fixes --sbt-launch-jar option in BSP connection details #6401 by @adpi2
  • Environment variable support in BSP debug session #6397 by @arixmkii
  • Fixes "Scala binary version" warning when using Ivy lm#372 by @adpi2
  • Fixes LinkageError during run by shading Coursier in launcher launcher#89 by @adpi2
  • Fixes launcher launching older sbt launcher#92 / launcher#93 by @eed3si9n
  • Fixes Coursier cache location on Windows becoming null/Coursier/cache by using %LOCALAPPDATA% instead of shelling out to PowerShell #6408 by @eed3si9n

Scala 3 support

sbt 1.5.0 adds built-in Scala 3 support, contributed by Scala Center. Main implementation was done by Adrien Piquerez (@adpi2) based on EPFL/LAMP's sbt-dotty.

After this resolver is added, you can now use Scala 3.0.0-RC1 like any other Scala version.

ThisBuild / scalaVersion := "3.0.0-RC1"

This will compile the following Hello.scala:

package example
@main def hello(arg: String*): Unit =
  if arg.isEmpty then println("hello")
  else println(s"hi ${arg.head}")

Scala 2.13-3.x sandwich

Scala 3.0.x shares the standard library with Scala 2.13, and since Scala 2.13.4, they can mutually consume the output of each other as external library. This allows you to create Scala 2.13-3.x sandwich, a layering of dependencies coming from different Scala versions.

sbt 1.5.0 introduces new cross building operand to use _3 variant when scalaVersion is 2.13.x, and vice versa:

("a" % "b" % "1.0").cross(CrossVersion.for3Use2_13)
("a" % "b" % "1.0").cross(CrossVersion.for2_13Use3)

These are analogous to %% operator that selects _2.13 etc based on scalaVersion.

Warning: Library authors should generally treat Scala 3.0 as any other major version, and prefer to cross publish _3 variant to avoid the conflict. Some libraries may encode a particular notion in different ways for Scala 2.13 and 3.0. For example, arity abstraction may use Shapeless HList in Scala 2.13, but built-in Tuple types in Scala 3.0. Thus it's generally not safe to have _2.13 and _3 versions of the same library in the classpath, even transitively. Application developers should be free to use .cross(CrossVersion.for3Use2_13) as long as the transitive dependency graph will not introduce _2.13 variant of a library you already have in _3 variant.

lm#361 by @adpi2

Deprecation of sbt 0.13 syntax

sbt 1.5.0 deprecates both the sbt 0.13 style shell syntax proj/cofing:intask::key and sbt 0.13 styld build.sbt DSL key in (Compile, intask) in favor of the unified slash syntax.

See for details.

Eviction error

sbt 1.5.0 removes eviction warning, and replaces it with stricter eviction error. Unlike the eviction warning that was based on speculation, eviction error only uses the ThisBuild / versionScheme information supplied by the library authors.

For example:

lazy val use = project
    name := "use",
    libraryDependencies ++= Seq(
      "org.http4s" %% "http4s-blaze-server" % "0.21.11",
      // is published with early-semver
      "org.typelevel" %% "cats-effect" % "3.0.0-M4",

The above build will fail to build use/compile with the following error:

[error] stack trace is suppressed; run last use / update for the full output
[error] (use / update) found version conflict(s) in library dependencies; some are suspected to be binary incompatible:
[error]   * org.typelevel:cats-effect_2.12:3.0.0-M4 (early-semver) is selected over {2.2.0, 2.0.0, 2.0.0, 2.2.0}
[error]       +- use:use_2.12:0.1.0-SNAPSHOT                        (depends on 3.0.0-M4)
[error]       +- org.http4s:http4s-core_2.12:0.21.11                (depends on 2.2.0)
[error]       +- io.chrisdavenport:vault_2.12:2.0.0                 (depends on 2.0.0)
[error]       +- io.chrisdavenport:unique_2.12:2.0.0                (depends on 2.0.0)
[error]       +- co.fs2:fs2-core_2.12:2.4.5                         (depends on 2.2.0)
[error] this can be overridden using libraryDependencySchemes or evictionErrorLevel

This is because Cats Effect 2.x and 3.x are found in the classpath, and Cats Effect has declared that it uses early-semver. If the user wants to opt-out of this, the user can do so per module:

ThisBuild / libraryDependencySchemes += "org.typelevel" %% "cats-effect" % "always"

or globally as:

ThisBuild / evictionErrorLevel := Level.Info

On the other hand, if you want to bring back the guessing feature in eviction warning, you can do using the following settings:

ThisBuild / assumedVersionScheme := VersionScheme.PVP
ThisBuild / assumedVersionSchemeJava := VersionScheme.EarlySemVer
ThisBuild / assumedEvictionErrorLevel := Level.Warn

@eed3si9n implemented this in #6221, inspired in part by Scala Center's sbt-eviction-rules, which was implemented by Alexandre Archambault (@alxarchambault) and Julien Richard-Foy (@julienrf).

ThisBuild / packageTimestamp setting

In sbt 1.4.0 we started wiping out the timestamps in JAR to make the builds more repeatable. This had an unintended consequence of breaking Play's last-modified response header.

To opt out of this default, the user can use:

ThisBuild / packageTimestamp := Package.keepTimestamps
// or
ThisBuild / packageTimestamp := Package.gitCommitDateTimestamp

#6237 by @eed3si9n

Other updates

  • Fixes SemanticdbPlugin creating duplicate scalacOptions or dropping -Yrangepos #6296/#6316 by @bjaglin and @eed3si9n
  • Fixes tab completion of dependency configurations Compile, Test, etc #6283 by @eed3si9n
  • Fixes exit code calculation in StashOnFailure #6266 by @melezov
  • Fixes concurrency issues with testQuick #6326 by @RafalSumislawski
  • Updates to Scala 2.12.13.
  • Updates to Coursier 2.0.12, includes reload memory fix by [@jtjeferreira] and behind-the-proxy IntelliJ import fix added by @eed3si9n
  • Warns when ThisBuild / versionScheme is missing while publishing #6310 by @eed3si9n
  • Use 2010-01-01 for the repeatable build timestamp wipe-out to avoid negative date #6254 by @takezoe (There's an active discussion to use commit date instead)
  • Adds FileInput/FileOutput that avoids intermediate String parsing #5515 by @jtjeferreira
  • Support credential file without realm lm#367 by @MasseGuillaume
  • Support MUnit out of box #6335 by @julienrf
  • Automatically publishLocal plugin dependency subprojects before scripted #6351 by @steinybot
  • Update Launcher to use Coursier to download the artifact launcher#86 by @eed3si9n


sbt 1.5.0-RC2 was brought to you by 27 contributors. Eugene Yokota (eed3si9n), Adrien Piquerez, Ethan Atkins, João Ferreira, Matthias Kurz, Eric Peters, Sam Halliday, Erlend Hamnaberg, Erwan Queffélec, Guillaume Massé, Martin Duhem, Mirco Dotta, Arthur McGibbon, Brice Jaglin, Cyrille Chepelov, Dale Wijnand, Eric Meisel, Guillaume Martres, Jason Pickens, Julien Richard-Foy, Kenji Yoshida (xuwei-k), Luc Henninger, Marcos Pereira, Marko Elezovic, Naoki Takezoe, Ondra Pelech, Rafał Sumisławski. Thanks!

Thanks to everyone who's helped improve sbt and Zinc 1 by using them, reporting bugs, improving our documentation, porting builds, porting plugins, and submitting and reviewing pull requests.

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