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-nrepl:1.0.0'

apply plugin: 'clojure-nrepl'


The “nrepl” plugin adds a clojureRepl tasks, which starts up a nrepl process. This can be used by IDEs or similar empowered development environments and nrepl clients like reply.


  • Due to the way gradle handles the standard input there is no truely interactive repl possible. However in the light of reply and similar clients this is not really necessary.

  • The started process blocks the terminal for now.


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