sbt 1.4.4


I'm happy to announce sbt 1.4.4 patch release is available. Full release note is here -

How to upgrade

Download the official sbt launcher from SDKMAN or download from

In addition, the sbt version used for your build is upgraded by putting the following in project/


This mechanism allows that sbt 1.4.4 is used only for the builds that you want.


  • Updates SemanticDB to 4.4.0 to support Scala 2.13.4 #6148 by @adpi2
  • Fixes sbt plugin cross building fix #6091/#6151 by @xuwei-k and @eatkins
  • Fixes scala-compiler not included into the metabuild classpath #6146 by @eatkins
  • Fixes UTF-8 handling in shell and console #6106 by @eatkins
  • Fixes macro occasionally dropping expressions trying to work around Scala compiler displaying "a pure expression does nothing" when sbt is really doing something #6158 by @eed3si9n
  • Global / localCacheDirectory for remote caching #6155 by @eed3si9n
  • Adds system property for onChangedBuildSource #6099 by @xirc

For more details please see


sbt 1.4.4 was brought to you by 7 contributors. Ethan Atkins, Eugene Yokota (eed3si9n), Kenji Yoshida (xuwei-k), Adrien Piquerez, Taichi Yamakawa, Erwan Queffélec, dependabot. Thank you!

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.

For anyone interested in helping sbt, there are many avenues for you to help, depending on your interest. If you're interested, Contributing, "help wanted", "good first issue" are good starting points. If you have ideas let us know on Lightbend Discuss.

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