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Protocol Buffer Compiler for Scala

Frequently Asked Questions

IntelliJ complains on duplicate files (“class is already defined”)

If you are using sbt-protoc this should not happen. Please file a bug.

If you are still using sbt-scalapb, please switch to sbt-protoc as described in the installation instruction.

sbt-protobuf which sbt-scalapb relies on defaults to generating the case classes in target/src_managed/compiled_protobuf/. This leads to a situation where both target/src_managed/compiled_protobuf/ and its parent, target/src_managed/, are considered source directories and the source files are seen twice. To eliminate this problem, let’s tell sbt-protobuf to generate the sources into the parent directory. Add this to your build.sbt:

scalaSource in PB.protobufConfig := sourceManaged.value

If you generate Java sources, add,

javaSource in PB.protobufConfig := sourceManaged.value

How do I use ScalaPB with Maven?

ScalaPB can be invoked in your Maven build by calling ScalaPBC, a standalone Java application that generates code. See an example project.

The relevant parts are marked with “Add the generated folder as a source” and “Compile the proto file(s)”.

I am getting “Import was not found or had errors”

If you are using sbt-protoc and importing protos like scalapb/scalapb.proto, or common protocol buffers like google/protobuf/wrappers.proto:

Add the following to your build.sbt:

libraryDependencies += "com.trueaccord.scalapb" %% "scalapb-runtime" % com.trueaccord.scalapb.compiler.Version.scalapbVersion % "protobuf"

This tells sbt-protoc to extract protos from this jar (and all its dependencies, which includes Google’s common protos), and make them available in the include path that is passed to protoc.

If you are not using sbt (for example, spbc), then you need to make those files available on the file system.

How do I generate Scala code for protos from another jar?

Include the jar as a protobuf dependency in your libraryDependencies:

libraryDependencies += "com.somepackage" %% "that-has-jar" % "1.0" % "protobuf"

This will tell sbt-protoc to extract the protos from that jar into target/scala-2.vv/protobuf-external. This makes it possible to import those protos from your local protos. sbt-protoc looks for protocol buffers to compile in the directories listed in PB.protoSources. There you need to add a line like this to your build.sbt:

PB.protoSources in Compile += target.value / "protobuf_external"

You may find other protos under protobuf_external that you do not wish to compile. You can exclude them by adding an includeFilter:

includeFilter in PB.generate := new SimpleFileFilter(
  (f: File) =>  f.getParent.endsWith("com/thesamet/protos"))

See full example here.