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Setting up Scala[edit]

The following gives a guide on how to install Scala on different operating systems:


  • Go into the command line.
    • Ubuntu: Install Scala using the command sudo aptitude install scala or sudo apt-get install scala, and following the instructions. You may also install scala-doc for the documentation and examples.
    • Debian: Log in via su -, then install Scala with aptitude install scala and following the instructions.


  • Go to the Scala official download page:
  • Download and open the Scala installation file from the above mentioned site to start the installation.
  • Read and follow the instructions on screen.
  • When installed, the Windows Command Prompt or Windows Powershell is used to utilize the Scala Compiler, the Scala Interpreter ("REPL") or any precompiled Scala written programs.

Mac OS X[edit]

  • Go to the Scala official download page: and download the package
  • Extract the file scala-x.x.x.tgz
  • Set the path to the extracted scala folder location (ex: xxx/scala-x.x.x/bin) from the shell
  • Execute the commands scalac for compile and scala for the scala executable class files

Other OSs[edit]

TODO: Describe more OSs. Until then, see

Using Scala in IDEs[edit]

Scala are supported Template:As of in several different IDEs, including Eclipse, NetBeans and IntelliJ IDEA.

Setup pages for Scala plugin:

Other IDE support can be seen at:

Running Scala[edit]

Scala can be written and run in different ways, by using the interpreter, by compiling, or by running it as a script. The "Hello World!" program will be used to illustrate these different ways. This section is based on

Interpreting Scala[edit]

The Scala interpreter is an interactive shell that supports easy writing and running of commands and programs. The Scala interpreter is generally included in the basic Scala installation and can be initiated from the command-line (typically by writing scala), but is also supported in some Scala IDE plugins (such as Scala-IDE for Eclipse).

Once initiated, the prompt looks like this:


The simplest way to write "Hello world!" is to write the following command:

println("Hello World!")

println prints the given string and adds a newline. If only print is used, no newline is added. If you write this in the interpreter and press enter, the result should look like this:

scala> println("Hello World!")
Hello World!


The println command was interpreted and run, and the result (printing to the terminal) is shown.

There are also special commands in the interpreter; for more information on these, type “:help”.

The interpreter is generally well-suited for small tests and experiments, and less for program development. When learning Scala, the interpreter is often a very useful tool, since it gives immediate feedback. The interpreter is actually a REPL, which you can read more about here:

Compiling Scala[edit]

Scala is a JVM based language, and like Java it is compiled into java bytecode files(.class). Below is the Scala version of Hello World:

object HelloWorld {
  def main(args: Array[String]): Unit = println("Hello world!")

We can simply use scalac hello.scala to build and then there would be two class files: HelloWorld.class and HelloWorld$.class. Using scala HelloWorld to execute and the screen should print:

Hello world!

There is also a fast compiler for Scala, fsc,which is a tool that submits Scala compilation jobs to a compilation daemon(by default, the scalac/scala will also use fsc). scalac is powerful. It supports other options like -classpath,-verbose, also it provides advanced options beginning with -X and private options beginning with-Y.

Scripting Scala[edit]

We can use scala as a script.For a scala source file script.scala

println("Hello "+argv(0))

We can use scala script.scala world to run it, just like the Python script. However Template:As of, there is no support for shebang in Unix like system.

For more REPL tips, you may refer to this page.