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Protocol Buffer Compiler for Scala

SBT Settings

Basic Installation

To automatically generate Scala case classes for your messages add ScalaPBā€™s sbt plugin to your project. Create a file named project/scalapb.sbt containing the following line:

addSbtPlugin("com.thesamet" % "sbt-protoc" % "0.99.6")

libraryDependencies += "com.trueaccord.scalapb" %% "compilerplugin" % "0.6.0-pre3"

Add the following line to your build.sbt:

PB.targets in Compile := Seq(
  scalapb.gen() -> (sourceManaged in Compile).value

Running the compile command in sbt will both generate Scala sources from your protos and compile them. If you just want to generate Scala sources for your protocol buffers without compiling them, run protoc-generate

Additionally, if you need customizations from scalapb/scalapb.proto or anything from google/protobuf/*.proto, add the following to your build.sbt:

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


The plugin assumes your proto files are under src/main/protobuf, however this is configurable using the PB.protoSources in Compile setting.

By default, sbt-protoc invokes protoc 3.0.0 that is shipped with protoc-jar. If you would like to run a different version of protoc:

PB.protocVersion := "-v261"

See all available options in sbt-protoc documentation

Running on Windows

Generating Scala code on Windows requires Python 2.x to be installed on your system. If Python is not installed on your system, you can download it from here.

If Python.exe can be found in your PATH, then ScalaPB should just work. If not, you can set the location of the Python executable explicitly:

PB.pythonExe := "C:\\Python27\\Python.exe"

Java Conversions

To enable Java conversions add the following to your build.sbt:

PB.targets in Compile := Seq( -> (sourceManaged in Compile).value,
  scalapb.gen(javaConversions=true) -> (sourceManaged in Compile).value


Generating GRPC stubs for services is enabled by default. To disable:

PB.targets in Compile := Seq(
  scalapb.gen(grpc=false) -> (sourceManaged in Compile).value

Additional options to the generator

  flatPackage: Boolean = false,
  javaConversions: Boolean = false,
  grpc: Boolean = true,
  singleLineToString: Boolean = false)

flatPackage: When true, ScalaPB will not append the protofile base name to the package name.

singleLineToString: By default, ScalaPB generates a toString() method that renders the message as a multi-line format (using TextFormat.printToUnicodeString). Set to true If you would like ScalaPB to generate toString() methods that use the single line format.