clojuresque – a Clojure plugin for Gradle

What is Gradle?

Gradle is a build system written in Java and Groovy. One advantage of Gradle is, that the build script itself is also a Groovy script. That means whatever can be done in Groovy can be done in the build script. This is useful to abstract away common patterns in the build like repetition or conditional decisions.

On top of that Gradle provides a convenient build system which comes in form of different plugins. Each plugin defines certain conventions which (if followed) automasie 95% of the build completely. Still the conventions are freely configurable to be adapted to different project structures.

What is clojuresque?

clojuresque is now a plugin for Gradle, which adds Clojure support. It allows compilation with automatic namespace recognition. The plugin is based on the Java plugin and hooks into the standard configurations and archives.


Create a build.gradle script in the root directory of your project. Note that gradle derives the project name from the name of this directory!

buildscript {
    repositories {
        maven { url '' }
    dependencies {
        classpath 'clojuresque:clojuresque-extras:1.0.0'

apply plugin: 'clojure-extras'

Extra tasks

The “extras” plugin provides the following tasks.


For each jar task a corresponding uberJar task is added, which combines the contents of each jar in the runtime configuration and the contents of the jar.


The deps task copies all dependencies into the lib directory.


This is alpha software! Expect problems! Please report issues in the bugtracker at bitbucket. Or email them to me.

General support is available on the clojuresque google group.

-- Meikel Brandmeyer Frankfurt am Main, October 2013