This guide covers:
- prerequisites (such as Leiningen) and installing
- running the REPL
- creating a project
- interactive development
Clojure is a wonderfully simple language and you are going to love it.
To quickly get started, first make sure you've got Java installed.
Then install the Leiningen project management tool.
This author (jg) recommends always installing by downloading the script directly (as described in the instructions at leiningen.org), rather than using your OS's package manager. This will ensure that you get the latest lein version 2.
Clojure programs are typically developed inside their own project
directory, and Leiningen manages projects for you. Lein takes care of
pulling in dependencies (including Clojure itself), running the REPL,
running your program and its tests, packaging your program for
distribution, and other administrative tasks. Run
lein help to
see the list of all the tasks in can perform.
Again, there's no need to "install" Clojure, per se. Lein will take care of fetching it for you.
Trying out the REPL
Although lein facilitates managing your projects, you can also run it
on its own (outside of any particular project directory). Once you
lein tool installed, run it from anywhere you like to get a
$ lein repl
You should be greeted with a "
user=>" prompt. Try it out:
user=> (+ 1 1) ;; ⇒ 2 user=> (distinct [:a :b :a :c :a :d]) ;; ⇒ (:a :b :c :d) user=> (dotimes [i 3] #_=> (println (rand-nth ["Fabulous!" "Marvelous!" "Inconceivable!"]) #_=> i)) ;; Marvelous! 0 ;; Inconceivable! 1 ;; Fabulous! 2 ;; ⇒ nil
Your first project
Create your first Clojure program like so:
lein new app my-proj cd my-proj # Have a look at the "-main" function in src/my_proj/core.clj. lein run
and see the output from that
println function call in
In your project directory, start up a repl (
lein repl) and
-main function to see its output in the repl:
$ lein repl ... my-proj.core=> (-main) Hello, World! nil
(The prompt is now "my-proj.core=>" instead of "user=>" because lein has started the repl in an app project. More about that ("namespaces") in the topical guides.)
From elsewhere, open up your my-proj/src/my_proj/core.clj file
in your editor. Modify the text in that
Back in the repl, reload your source file and run
my-proj.core=> (require 'my-proj.core :reload) my-proj.core=> (-main)
to see your changes.
Other getting started documentation you might find useful:
- Clojure Distilled: introduction to core concpets necessary for working with Clojure
- A Brief Beginner's Guide to Clojure: contains a bit more overview and background material for learning your way around the landscape.
- Starting Clojure screencast: an extensive getting-started screencast using Eclipse to develop a webapp project.
Next stop: the basic Clojure language tutorial.
John Gabriele email@example.com (original author)