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Apache Maven vs SBT: What are the differences?

Developers describe Apache Maven as "Apache build manager for Java projects". Maven allows a project to build using its project object model (POM) and a set of plugins that are shared by all projects using Maven, providing a uniform build system. Once you familiarize yourself with how one Maven project builds you automatically know how all Maven projects build saving you immense amounts of time when trying to navigate many projects. On the other hand, SBT is detailed as "An open-source build tool for Scala and Java projects". It is similar to Java's Maven and Ant. Its main features are: Native support for compiling Scala code and integrating with many Scala test frameworks.

Apache Maven and SBT belong to "Java Build Tools" category of the tech stack.

Apache Maven is an open source tool with 1.74K GitHub stars and 1.28K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Apache Maven's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, Apache Maven has a broader approval, being mentioned in 305 company stacks & 142 developers stacks; compared to SBT, which is listed in 19 company stacks and 7 developer stacks.

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Pros of Apache Maven
Pros of SBT
  • 136
    Dependency management
  • 71
    Necessary evil
  • 60
    I’d rather code my app, not my build
  • 48
    Publishing packaged artifacts
  • 43
    Convention over configuration
  • 18
    Modularisation
  • 11
    Consistency across builds
  • 6
    Prevents overengineering using scripting
  • 4
    Lot of cool plugins
  • 4
    Runs Tests
  • 3
    Extensible
  • 2
    Hard to customize
  • 2
    Runs on Linux
  • 1
    Runs on OS X
  • 1
    Slow incremental build
  • 1
    Inconsistent buillds
  • 1
    Undeterminisc
  • 1
    Good IDE tooling
  • 1
    Support for publishing artifacts in Maven, Ivy formats
  • 1
    Works across Windows, Linux and MacOS
  • 1
    Support for Zinc and BSP
  • 1
    No Breaking Changes
  • 1
    Best for Mono-Repo and Multi-Project builds
  • 1
    Preference option to build Mix Scala-Java Projects
  • 1
    IntelliJ support
  • 1
    Continuous compilation
  • 1
    Flexible
  • 1
    Dependency manageemnt
  • 1
    Incremental Builds

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Cons of Apache Maven
Cons of SBT
  • 6
    Complex
  • 1
    Inconsistent buillds
  • 0
    Not many plugin-alternatives
  • 1
    Learning Curve is a bit steep

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What is Apache Maven?

Maven allows a project to build using its project object model (POM) and a set of plugins that are shared by all projects using Maven, providing a uniform build system. Once you familiarize yourself with how one Maven project builds you automatically know how all Maven projects build saving you immense amounts of time when trying to navigate many projects.

What is SBT?

It is similar to Java's Maven and Ant. Its main features are: Native support for compiling Scala code and integrating with many Scala test frameworks.

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