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practicalli/clojure-deps-edn provides a user wide configuration for Clojure CLI tools, providing a range of community tools to support Clojure and ClojureScript development.

Alias names are designed with qualified keywords which provides context for the use of an alias (project, repl, env, test, inspect). These keywords help with discovery and reduce cognitive load required to remember their purpose.

This configuration supports all your local development projects. For remote environments or Continuous Integration services, include practicalli/clojure-deps-edn in the environment build or copy specific aliases to the project deps.edn configuration of a project.


Clojure CLI tools uses a configuration directory called .clojure, which by default is placed in the root of the operating system user account directory, e.g. $HOME/.clojure.

XDG_CONFIG_HOME may be set by your operating system and over-rides the default location, e.g. $HOME/.config/.clojure

CLJ_CONFIG can be used to over-ride all other location settings

Check the location of your Clojure configuration directory by running clojure -Sdescribe and checking the :user-config value.

Practicalli recommends creating a fork of the practicalli/clojure-deps-edn on GitHub, or you can simply clone the original repository.

Clone the repository to the configuration directory, e.g ~/.clojure/. If you have run the clojure or clj commands, then a default deps.edn file was created and should be moved or deleted first.

git clone ~/.clojure/

clojure and clj commands create a configuration directory

Running clojure or clj commands will create the .clojure configuration directory if it does not exist. The .clojure directory should be removed before cloning the practicalli/clojure-deps-edn project.

All tools are provided via libraries and are only installed on first use.

If you choose to use your own ~/.clojure/deps.edn then add an alias for the clj-new tool and rebel readline as this is extensively used in this guide.

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