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Leiningen is the most commonly used build automation tool used to manage Clojure projects. Install by saving the Leiningen install script and running it inside a terminal window.

Save the lein file to somewhere on your operating system path, eg ~/bin

chmod a+x ~/bin/lein

Now run this script on the command line


The first time you run this script it downloads a Java archive file (JAR) of the latest version of Leiningen. When you run the script again, you have a working Leiningen build tool.

Running lein once installed will show you a list of available commands.


If you are using Leiningen then there is no specific install for Clojure.

Clojure comes as a library, a JAR file, managed by the build tool Leiningen just like any other dependency.

When you create a project with Leiningen, the configuration is created in a file called project.clj. Inside this project.clj is a dependencies entry where the version of clojure is specified along with any other dependencies. Here is an example of a project.clj configuration with just Clojure as a dependency

(defproject project-name "0.1.0-SNAPSHOT"
  :description "FIXME: write description"
  :url ""
  :license {:name "Eclipse Public License"
            :url ""}
  :dependencies [[org.clojure/clojure "1.11.1"]])

Hint The Clojure library is very small (~3.6Mb) and Leiningen caches it and all other libraries locally in the same folder structure that Maven uses, eg Clojure version 0.1.8 would be cached in .m2/repository/org/clojure/clojure/1.11.1

Last update: December 26, 2022