Leiningen has been the de-facto project management tool for Clojure for a long time now. Cursive provides great support for building and managing projects with Leiningen, here's how to use it.
Usually to start working with Leiningen you have to download it and install it. This can be a hurdle for new users, especially on Windows, so Cursive will automatically download it when you need it so you don't have to manually do so to get started.
To create a new project in IntelliJ, if you're at the welcome screen, click the "Create New Project" link, or if you already have a project open in IntelliJ you can use . In the following dialog, choose "Clojure" from the list of project types on the left-hand side. You'll then have a list of Clojure project types to choose from on the right. Here you can choose "Leiningen".
On the next screen, give your project a name and decide where to put it:
On this screen you're also asked to choose a "Project SDK". On the JVM, this means the JDK or JRE you want to use. If you have a JDK installed then click "New..." to set it up in IntelliJ, it will detect it automatically. If you don't have one already installed Cursive will create one for you called "IDE SDK", which uses the JRE bundled with IntelliJ itself. This works fine for Clojure and means that you don't need to download a JDK to get started.
Here you also have some other options in case you want to create a project using a leiningen template. For example, if you want to create a project using Luminus and you want to do the equivalent of:
lein new luminus myapp +cljs +swagger +postgres
then you would enter "myapp" in the Project name field, "luminus" in the Template field, and "+cljs +swagger +postgres" in the Template options field. For a simple project, you can just leave the template fields blank.
Then, when you click "Finish" you'll have a new project to work with!
If you already have an existing project you'd like to start with, let's see how to do that.
From the welcome screen, click the "Import Project" link, or if you already have a project
open in IntelliJ you can use . Here,
you can select either the
project.clj file or the directory containing it.
If required, select "Import project from external model" and select Leiningen.
The root directory of your project will be filled in for you. You can choose to search recursively within that directory for other projects (see Multi Module Projects, below), and you can also choose to put the project files in a directory other than the main project directory.
You will then be presented with a list of the Leiningen projects found, and you can select which to import. In this case, since this is a simple single-module project, there's only one.
Next, you'll be asked to choose an SDK. This is a generic name that IntelliJ uses for any type of project, but since Clojure is a JVM language this is referring to the Java JDK you would like to use. You can set one up here, or select one you already have set up. If you don't have a JDK downloaded, Cursive will create one for you called 'IDE SDK', which uses the JRE bundled with IntelliJ so you don't have to install one.
Next, confirm your project name and location, and then press 'Finish' to actually import the project.
Your project will then be opened and is ready to use.
For simple projects you don't need to explicitly import them. Just use as normal, select either
project.clj or the containing directory, and your project will be automatically imported.
Often Leiningen projects will use profiles for different situations. Since profiles will often add source roots and
dependencies that you'll need when working with your source code, you can let Cursive know which ones it should use
when synchronising your project. For example, our example project has sources under
dev in the
profile, so we'll enable that profile when working with our project so that Cursive will mark those source roots
correctly and add any required dependencies to the project.
To do that, open the Leiningen toolwindow, then expand out the Profiles tree. Select the profiles you'd like to use when synchronising, then refresh your project using the icon.
One thing that is very useful when working with lein is being able to see a tree of the dependencies of your project.
On the command line you would use
lein deps :tree to show this, but Cursive will show you this within the IDE too,
also in the Leiningen toolwindow. The dependencies are nested in a tree structure so you can see how each dependency
was pulled into your project:
The Leiningen tool window also holds a list of the most common tasks to run. You can select a task and run it using the icon in the tool window toolbar.
When you have updated your project.clj file, you can press the icon to re-read the project file and refresh the project dependencies. Note that this is not performed automatically when the project.clj is updated, unlike the Maven plugin.
If you have a more complex project with multiple modules, Cursive will detect it automatically and set everything up. When importing, make sure you check "Search for projects recursively".
Select the projects you would like to import from the list of discovered projects. Their location within the project is displayed along with the artifact details.
And your project will be set up. An IntelliJ Module will be created for each Leiningen module, and dependencies between them and the appropriate library dependencies will be set up as well.
You can then add new modules to the project using either the button in the Leiningen tool window, or using the context menu in the project tool window. You can remove Leiningen modules from the project and optionally remove the corresponding IntelliJ module using the in the Leiningen tool window.
Leiningen's standard mechanism for managing multi-module projects is to use Checkout Dependencies. Cursive fully supports checkout dependencies and will add the appropriate modules and dependencies automatically.