The content is a categorized and manifold collection of documentation guides for the Clojure programming language and its ecosystem.

We recognize that different Clojure users have different level of expertise and separates content into several groups:


Note that the editing environments are listed in alphabetical order and indicate no preference or endorsement. The last "State of the Union" Clojure survey indicated that Emacs is still the most popular editing environment, followed by Cursive, Vim, and Atom.

Getting Started

If you're new to Clojure, this is a good place to start.


A swift introduction to the Clojure language, covering most of the basics.

Atom for Clojure Development

The ProtoREPL package for Clojure development in Atom.

Cursive for Clojure Development

The user guide for Cursive, the Clojure plugin for IntelliJ.

Eclipse for Clojure Development

A brief introduction to Counterclockwise, a Clojure plugin for Eclipse.

Emacs for Clojure Development

A brief introduction to Emacs, Clojure mode, CIDER and Clojure development workflow with Emacs.

Vim for Clojure Development

A brief introduction to Clojure development in Vim with fireplace.vim.

Language Guides


Functions are at the heart of Clojure.

This guide covers:

  • How to define functions
  • How to invoke functions
  • Multi-arity functions
  • Variadic functions
  • Higher order functions
  • Other topics related to functions

clojure.core Overview (incomplete)

clojure.core is the core Clojure library.

This guide covers:

  • Key functions of clojure.core
  • Key macros of clojure.core
  • Key vars of clojure.core

Interoperability with Java

The Clojure language implementation is symbiotic with its host platform (the JVM), providing direct interoperability.

This guide covers:

  • How to instantiate Java classes
  • How to invoke Java methods
  • How to extend Java classes with proxy
  • How to implement Java interfaces with reify
  • How to generate Java classes with gen-class
  • Other topics related to interop


Namespaces organize Clojure functions.

This guide covers:

  • An overview of Clojure namespaces
  • How to define a namespace
  • How to use functions in other namespaces
  • require, refer and use
  • How to Look up and invoke a function by name
  • Common compilation exceptions and their causes
  • How code compilation works in Clojure

Polymorphism: Protocols and Multimethods

This guide covers:

  • What are polymorphic functions
  • Type-based polymorphism with protocols
  • Ad-hoc polymorphism with multimethods
  • How to create your own data types that behave like core Clojure data types

Collections and Sequences

This guide covers:

  • Collections in Clojure
  • Sequences in Clojure
  • Core collection types
  • Key operations on collections and sequences
  • Other topics related to collections and sequences

Concurrency & Parallelism

This guide covers:

  • An overview of concurrency hazards
  • Clojure's approach to state and identity
  • Immutable data structures
  • Reference types (atoms, vars, agents, refs)
  • Using Clojure functions with java.util.concurrent abstractions
  • The Reducers framework (Clojure 1.5+)
  • Other topics related to concurrency and runtime parallelism

Macros and Metaprogramming

This guide covers:

  • Clojure macros
  • Clojure compilation process
  • Other topics related to metaprogramming

Laziness and Lazy Sequences (incomplete)

This guide covers:

  • What are lazy sequences
  • How to create functions that produce lazy sequences
  • How to force evaluation
  • Pitfalls with lazy sequences


This guide includes definitons of various Clojure-related terminology.

The Clojure Ecosystem


This guide covers:

  • Books on Clojure
  • Books on ClojureScript

Getting Started with Leiningen

This guide covers:

  • What is Leiningen and what it can do for you
  • How to create a project with Leiningen
  • How to manage project dependencies
  • Accessing the REPL
  • How to run tests for your project
  • How to run the app
  • How to compile your code and dependencies into a single JAR for deployment ("├╝berjar")
  • How to share (publish) a library

Maven for Clojure Development

This guide covers:

  • An overview of Apache Maven
  • Maven Clojure plugin

Clojure Library Directory

A curated and highly opinionated categorized directory of available Clojure libraries and tools.

Clojure Community

This guide covers:

  • Planet Clojure, mailing lists, IRC channel
  • Clojure conferences
  • Local Clojure user groups
  • Other Clojure community resources


  • What is Clojure core.typed
  • core.typed documentation, tutorials, and guides.


This guide covers:

  • An overview of Clojure's JDBC wrapper
  • Setting up a data source
  • Manipulating data with SQL
  • Manipulating tables with DDL
  • How to use connection pooling
  • How to use some common DSLs with java.jdbc
  • Where to go beyond java.jdbc

Library Development and Distribution

This guide covers:

  • Basic setup for library development
  • How to publish a library to Clojars

Leiningen Profiles

This guide covers:

  • What are Leiningen profiles
  • How to use them

Distributing Libraries with Leiningen

This guide covers:

  • How Clojure libraries are distributed
  • How to publish Clojure libraries to
  • How to publish Clojure libraries to Maven Central
  • How to publish Clojure libraries to your own Maven repository

Writing Leiningen Plugins

This guide covers:

  • What Leiningen plugins can do
  • How to install Leiningen plugins
  • How to develop plugins
  • How to distribute plugins

Documentation Tools

  • Tools for generating documentation from docstrings and other project metadata.

Data Processing (Overview) (TBD)

This guide covers:

  • An overview of why Clojure is an excellent choice for data processing
  • Popular tools and libraries in the area

Clojure User Groups

This guide covers:

  • Clojure User Groups (CLJUGs) around the world

Tutorials and Cookbooks

Basic Web Development

A brief tutorial/walkthrough of building a small web app using Ring, Compojure, Hiccup, and H2.

Parsing XML in Clojure

This guide covers:

  • How to parse XML in Clojure with zippers (

Growing a DSL with Clojure

How to create a simple DSL with Clojure.

Includes introductions to:

  • Multimethods
  • Hierarchies
  • Metaprogramming and the "Code as data" philosophy


This cookbook covers:

  • How to work with strings
  • How to work with characters
  • How to work with regular expressions
  • How to work with context-free grammars
  • How to format text


Includes coverage of facilities for doing math with Clojure.

Data Structures (TBD)

This cookbook covers:

  • Vectors
  • Maps
  • Lists
  • Sets
  • Generic operations on sequences

Files and Directories

This cookbook covers:

  • Reading and writing text and binary files
  • Listing directory contents
  • Creating files and directories
  • Moving files and directories
  • Removing files and directories
  • Accessing file metadata
  • Other operations on files and directories

Date and Time (TBD)

This guide covers:

  • Working with JDK dates
  • Working with Joda Time and clj-time
  • Instant literals (Clojure 1.4+)

Middleware (incomplete)

This guide covers:

  • What middleware is and how it works
  • Creating middleware for a client function
  • Combining middleware to create a new client


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