Watch this space, but please don't use it yet

This is an in-depth explanation of what Subatomic does when added to your build and why it needs to do so. You don't need to know this in 90% of usage scenarios

When building a static site for a library there are several things we want the site builder to take care of us:

  1. Markdown documents with Scala examples should be compiled and verified, using the classpath of the library we're documenting

  2. We want to be able to pass the version from the build into markdown documents, so that our installation instructions don't get outdated

Subatomic manually invokes Mdoc as a separate Java process, so to make it aware of the classpath of the project we're building, we need to configure the build properly.

Say we have a SBT build as such:


lazy val core ="core")).settings(...)
lazy val api ="api")).dependsOn(core)

And we want to create documentation site for it, where snippets use code from both core and api.

We need to

  1. Create a new docs project:

    lazy val docs ="docs")).dependsOn(core, api)
  2. Enable subatomic SBT plugin:


      addSbtPlugin("com.indoorvivants" % "sbt-plugin" % "0.0.7+163-0adc46c9-SNAPSHOT")


     lazy val docs = 
         .dependsOn(core, api)
           subatomicInheritClasspath := true, // default, can be omitted
           subatomicBuildersDependency := true, // default, can be omitted
           subatomicMdocVariables := Map("VERSION" -> version.value) // default, can be omitted

Doing so leads to two things happening:

  1. docs project now has dependency on "com.indoorvivants" %% "subatomic-builders" % "0.0.7+163-0adc46c9-SNAPSHOT" - which brings all the core things Subatomic will need to build the site

  2. A managed resource file called is created (and kept updated)

The file can be accessed by Subatomic when building the site and in our example it will contain the following information:


I hope variable.VERSION does not need explanation, so let's see what will classpath contain:

  • docs dependencies classpath (including Subatomic builders)
  • docs compiled classes
  • core dependencies classpath
  • api dependencies classpath
  • core compiled classes
  • api compiled classes

This contains enough information to be passed to Mdoc so that it can compile and run examples in the documentation.

Note, that because the classpath contains docs own classes, you can add some class you need for documentation rendering (for example, subatomic itself uses several classes to render ANSI-coloured outputs), and use it from markdown documents.

For example:


object Prettify {
  def apply(out: String) =
    s"<div class='pretty'>$out</div>"

And in your docs:


```scala mdoc:passthrough
val result = (1 to 25).mkString(",")