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§Creating a standalone version of your application

§Using the dist task

The simplest way to deploy a Play application is to retrieve the source (typically via a git workflow) on the server and to use either play start or play stage to start it in place.

However, you sometimes need to build a binary version of your application and deploy it to the server without any dependency on Play itself. You can do this with the dist task.

In the Play console, simply type dist:

[My first application] $ dist

This produces a ZIP file containing all JAR files needed to run your application in the target/universal folder of your application. Alternatively you can run play dist directly from your OS shell prompt, which does the same thing:

$ play dist

For Windows users a start script will be produced with a .bat file extension. Use this file when running a Play application on Windows.

For Unix users, zip files do not retain Unix file permissions so when the file is expanded the start script will be required to be set as an executable:

$ chmod +x /path/to/bin/<project-name>

Alternatively a tar.gz file can be produced instead. Tar files retain permissions. Invoke the universal:package-zip-tarball task instead of the dist task:

play universal:package-zip-tarball

§The Native Packager

Play uses the SBT Native Packager plugin. The native packager plugin declares the dist task to create a zip file. Invoking the dist task is directly equivalent to invoking the following:

$ play universal:package-bin

Many other types of archive can be generated including:

Please consult the documentation on the native packager for more information.

§Publishing to a Maven (or Ivy) repository

You can also publish your application to a Maven repository. This publishes both the JAR file containing your application and the corresponding POM file.

You have to configure the repository you want to publish to, in your build.sbt file:

 publishTo := Some(
   "My resolver" at ""
 credentials += Credentials(
   "Repo", "", "admin", "admin123"

Then in the Play console, use the publish task:

[My first application] $ publish

Check the sbt documentation to get more information about the resolvers and credentials definition.

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