Publishing from SBT to Nexus

I am pretty new to SBT. Yesterday, for the first time, we wanted to publish the jar artifact of an in-house utility library into our private Nexus repository. This is an internal Nexus repository which we use mostly in Java projects build with Maven. While the task of publishing an artifact from SBT is well documented, it was not working right away. We hit some problems. Some answers to these problems we found on Stackoverflow, but some things we needed to figure out ourselves.

To prepare your build in SBT basically do these things. Add values for the publishTo Setting and the credentials Task. I recommend using a credentials file not under version control for obvious reasons. The first thing you want to verify is that you are using the correct “realm” value, which can be either a property in the credentials file or the first argument to the constructor of the Credentials class. Use curl to figure out the correct value as explained here. Send a POST to the Nexus repository which you want to publish to without any authentication arguments. For us this was the call.

Look for the WWW-Authenticate header and use the realm value. I think the default is “Sonatype Nexus Repository Manager”.

This was a step in the right direction but we still got the following error in SBT:

Not super useful but more info is actually available in the Nexus logfiles. Make sure you set the loglevel to DEBUG via the Nexus admin GUI first, then tail nexus.log while you try to publish from SBT. Here is some output in nexus.log, basically saying that SBT did not sent a value for username and password as part of the Basic Authentication.

And I was using the following build.sbt file:

After running a few tests, I figured out that the second argument to the sbt.Credentials class should only be the host and must not include the port – doh! After fixing this, everything works just fine. Another thing you want to check via the Nexus admin GUI is the Access Settings of your repository. For “Deployment Policy” we have set it to “Allow Redeploy”.