Working with the sbt command line
Even though it it possible to configure your IDE to handle some basic tasks such as compiling and running your app, or executing tests, you will eventually fall back to the command line in order to fix build issues or trigger more advanced tasks. It is therefore inevitable to get a basic understanding for the sbt command line.
The interactive sbt shell is started by simply typing
sbt and hitting enter in your terminal. Alternatively, to only run a single sbt command, it is possible to pass an argument to
Below is a list of common and important sbt, and its respective Android plugin, commands.
|android:run||Compile the project, package a debug apk and deploy it to an active device or emulator|
|android:packageRelease||Create a signed apk|
|android:packageDebug||Create a debug apk|
|test||Run unit tests and report results|
|reload||Apply changes that have been made to your sbt configuration|
|compile||Compile the source code|
|clean||Remove all compiled and generated code, delete ProGuard cache. This might be useful when experiencing issues with incremental builds.|
If you find yourself running a particular
android:* task very often, you may want to add a shortcut to your sbt configuration. E.g.
run <<= run in Android allows you to trigger the task from the console via
run instead of