Local repositories for Clojure

Local repositories are useful when you have some dependencies that are not in Maven or Clojars repositories. The following steps are one alternative to suppress this kind of problem, considering that you are using Leiningen to manage your project.

  1. Create a local repository folder inside your project, like repo.
  2. Use the leiningen plugin localrepo to install a jar into the local repository.
  3. Add the option :local-repo "repo" in the project.clj.
  4. Run lein deps to see if everything is ok.

The downside of this approach is that all necessary dependencies, even those of Maven/Clojars repository, will be putted in the repo folder. So, in the first time that you run lein deps all the dependencies will be downloaded again. But, of course, you don’t need to add all of them to your version control repository. =)


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Published: June 20 2013