Leiningen is the most widely-contributed-to Clojure project. We
welcome potential contributors and do our best to try to make it easy
to help out. Contributors who have had a single patch accepted may
request commit rights as well as two free
Discussion occurs both in the
[#leiningen channel on Freenode](irc://chat.freenode.net#leiningen) and on the
[mailing list](http://www.freelists.org/list/leiningen). To join the mailing
with `subscribe` in the Subject field, then follow the instructions in the reply
you receive. The address `firstname.lastname@example.org` is used for posting once
Please report issues on the
[GitHub issue tracker](https://github.com/technomancy/leiningen/issues)
or the mailing list. Sending bug reports to personal email addresses
is inappropriate. Simpler issues appropriate for first-time
contributors looking to help out are tagged "newbie".
Code submissions should
be [sent](https://man.sr.ht/git.sr.ht/send-email.md) with `git
send-email` or as GitHub pull requests. Please use topic branches when
sending pull requests rather than committing directly to master in
order to minimize unnecessary merge commit clutter. Direct pull
requests towards the master branch, not the stable branch.
Leiningen is [mirrored at GitLab](https://gitlab.com/technomancy/leiningen)
and [tested on CircleCI](https://circleci.com/gh/technomancy/leiningen).
The definitions of the various tasks reside in `src/leiningen` in the
top-level project. The underlying mechanisms for things like
`project.clj` parsing, classpath calculation, and subprocess launching
are implemented inside the `leiningen-core` subproject.
[readme for the leiningen-core library](https://github.com/technomancy/leiningen/blob/master/leiningen-core/README.md)
and `doc/PLUGINS.md` for more details on how Leiningen's codebase is
Try to be aware of the conventions in the existing code, except the
one where we don't write tests. Make a reasonable attempt to avoid
lines longer than 80 columns or function bodies longer than 20
lines. Don't use `when` unless it's for side-effects. Don't introduce
new protocols. Use `^:internal` metadata to mark vars which can't be
private but shouldn't be considered part of the public API.
You don't need to "build" Leiningen per se, but when you're developing on a
checkout you will need to get its dependencies in place and compile some of the
tasks. Assuming you are in Leiningen's project root, you can do that like this:
$ cd leiningen-core
$ lein bootstrap # or lein.bat on Windows.
The `lein` command is a stable release of Leiningen on your `$PATH` – preferably
the newest one. If you don't have a stable `lein` installed, simply check out
the `stable` branch and copy `bin/lein` to somewhere on your `$PATH`, then
switch your branch back.
If you want to use your development copy for everyday usage, symlink
`bin/lein` to somewhere on your `$PATH`. You'll want to rename your
stable installation to keep them from interfering; typically you can
name that `lein2` or `lein-stable`.
When dependencies in Leiningen change, you may have to do `rm .lein-classpath`
in the project root, though in most cases this will be done automatically. If
dependencies in leiningen-core change, you have to redo the `lein bootstrap`
step mentioned earlier.
Using `bin/lein` alone from the master branch without a full checkout
is not supported. If you want to just grab a shell script to work
with, use the `stable` branch.
### Uberjar from Master
Since a development version is not uberjared, it can be rather slow compared to
a stable release. If this is annoying and you depend on a recent fix or
enhancement, you can build an uberjar from master as follows:
# NB! You have to use *bin*/lein to build the uberjar
$ bin/lein uberjar
# ^ Last line printed from this command will tell the location of the standalone
$ cp target/leiningen-2.5.2-SNAPSHOT-standalone.jar $HOME/.lein/self-installs
$ cp bin/lein $HOME/bin/lein-master
Here, 2.5.2-SNAPSHOT is the version we've built, and we have `$HOME/bin` on our
Note that changes on master won't be visible in the uberjared version unless you
overwrite both the lein script and a freshly created uberjar.
Before you're asking for a pull request, we would be very happy if you ensure
that the changes you've done doesn't break any of the existing test cases. While
there is a test suite, it's not terribly thorough, so don't put too much trust
in it. Patches which add test coverage for the functionality they change are
To run the test cases, run `bin/lein test` in the root directory: This will test
both `leiningen-core` and `leiningen` itself. Do not attempt to run the tests
with a stable version of Leiningen, as the namespaces conflict and you may end
up with errors during the test run.