Getting Started


Sbt-native-packager is an AutoPlugin. Add it to your plugins.sbt

addSbtPlugin("com.github.sbt" % "sbt-native-packager" % "x.y.z")

Native Tools

Depending on the package format you want to create, you may need additional tools available on your machine. Each packaging format has a requirements section.

Your first package

Native packager provides packaging format plugins and archetype plugins to separate configuration and actual packaging. To get started we use the basic Java Application Archetype. For more archetypes see the archetypes page.

In your build.sbt you need to enable the archetype like this


This will also enable all supported format plugins.

Run the app

Native packager can stage your app so you can run it locally without having the app packaged.

sbt stage

Create a package

We can generate other packages via the following tasks. Note that each packaging format may needs some additional configuration and native tools available. Here’s a complete list of current formats.

  • Universal/packageBin - Generates a universal zip file
  • Universal/packageZipTarball - Generates a universal tgz file
  • Debian/packageBin - Generates a deb
  • Docker/publishLocal - Builds a Docker image using the local Docker server
  • Rpm/packageBin - Generates an rpm
  • Universal/packageOsxDmg - Generates a DMG file with the same contents as the universal zip/tgz.
  • Windows/packageBin - Generates an MSI