Using Clojure libraries and projects in the REPL
A Clojure library or project can be used in the REPL, by requiring the main namespace
Run the REPL in the root of the project with a
A library needs to be included as a dependency in order to use it in the REPL.
Using an alias
Alternatively, specify the library names on the command line using the
Or add the library as a dependency to a project and run the REPL from the root of that project.
Start the REPL and load the project
Open a terminal and change to the root of the Clojure project directory, where the
deps.edn file can be found.
Start the REPL (in this example using rebel readline)
At the REPL prompt, require the main namespace of the project.
If the project was created with the command
clojure -M:new app practicalli.status-monitor-service, then the main namespace will be
require function loads all the vars (def, defn, etc) definitions from the main namespace. The
ns form is also read and any required namespaces that are in the
ns form are loaded.
Reloading the namespace
When changes are made to a namespace in the source code file, those changes can be loaded into the repl by reloading the namespace the change was made in.
(:require '[fully.qualified.namespace] :reload)
add-libs function from the
clojure.tools.deps.alpha library is an unofficial approach to hot-loading library dependencies without having to restart the REPL or add those dependencies to the project
deps.edn. This provides a simple way to try out libraries.
See hotload of libraries for details.
If errors occur when loading the namespace with require, the
:verbose option will show all the namespaces that are loaded. This may show issues or help track down conflicting namespaces or functions.
(require '[practicalli.status-monitor-service] :verbose)