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Getting started with Jeka


This plugin currently works with Jeka version 0.9.15.RELEASE.

Next version of Jeka (0.9.20), which is documented here, is not yet working with the IntelliJ Plugin.

Install Intellij Plugin

  • Install plugin directly from here or search jeka in Intellij Marketplace.

As this plugin embbeds its own version of Jeka, that's all you need to install on your machine.

Hello World !

The below example showcases how to write tasks executable both from IDE and command line.

  • Create a basic Java module in Intellij : New > Module ... > Java > Next > Finish

  • Right-click on the module, then Jeka > Generate Jeka files and folders...


* Dialog box will be open with default setting


  • Select SIMPLE and click OK

You get the following... plot

The Jeka folder structure will be generated with an empty Jeka class.

On the right side of the IDE, nodes can be expanded to navigate on Jeka commands. These commands either come from the Commands class or plugins present in classpath.

  • Click Commands > help to trigger the help method coming from Commands class. This will display a contextual help from a list of all available commands and options.

  • Open a terminal and execute ./jekaw help. This will execute the same but from the command line. For this, jekaw compiles your Commands classes behind the scene and execute a Java program which invokes the method.

Now, you can add your own commands (like hello in above example) just by declaring a public no-arg method returning void. Your new method should appear instantaneously in Jeka window tool on the right.

  • For adding properties, just declare a public field as shown below.


  • Execute or debug the method by clicking on editor gutter or Jeka tool window.

  • Execute ./jekaw hello -name=Joe in terminal for invoking method while injecting property value.

You can write as many method as you want, of any complexity. Also, your project can contain several KBeans. The first KBean class found (by fully qualified name order) is the default KBean.

To run doSomething method on a specific kbean class named, execute ./jekaw -kb=MyOtherBean doSomething or ./jekaw myOtherBean#doSomething


Execute ./jekaw -help at the root of the project to knows more about command-line.

Learn more about KBeans

Import 3rd Party libraries

Your classes can also use any third party libraries available on your file system or in a bynary repository.

Let's add guava to our Build class : just add the @JkInjectClasspath annotation and refresh ide module to make it available on IDE classpath.


Now you can use guava in your Build class.

Build a Java Project

It's possible to use your favorite build tool (Maven, Gradle, ...) beside Jeka in your project and let Jeka delegate builds.

It's also possible to build projects(compile, tests, jars, publish) using native Jeka capabilities.

  1. Create a basic Java module in Intellij

  2. Right-click on the module then Jeka > Generate Jeka files and folders...

This opens a dialog box. Select PROJECT and press OK.


The box 'delegate Jeka Wrapper to' means that the module tutorial-2 will reuse the same Jeka wrapper (and therefore the same Jeka version) than tutorial-1. That way, we can force all Java modules from a same Intellij project, to use the same Jeka Version, defined in one place.

This generates a Build template class in jeka/def along source folders.

You can launch directly any method declared on this class or navigate in Jeka right tool to discover methods available on this class or available plugin.


After modifying your dependencies, do not forget to refresh module in order intellij take it in account. Invoke cleanPack to build project from scratch.

Now your project is ready to code. You will find many project examples here

Learn more about Java project builds

Learn more about dependency management

Build a Springboot Project

Jeka offers a plugin mechanism to let 3rd parties extend the product. An external plugin for Springboot exists and is tightly integrated in Intellij Plugin.

  • Create a new module in IntelliJ

  • Right-click on a module then Jeka > Generate Jeka files and folders...

  • This opens a dialog box. Select Springboot and press OK.

This generates a sample project along its build class based on the last Springboot version.

You can invoke regular commands as clean,pack, ... The plugin offers additional commands to run the application from the built jar.


The plugin proposes popular Spring modules as constant to help pickup dependencies.

You can also switch Springboot version easily by changing #springbootVersion argument.


Do not forget to trigger 'Jeka Synchronize Module' available in context menues, each time you modify dependencies or change springboot version. It let Intellij synchronize its iml file with dependencies declared in Jeka.