Accepted answer

Scala 2.12 or 2.13

quick version (sbt)

Global / resolvers += "scala-integration" at
scalaVersion := "2.13.9-bin-abcd123"

for a 2.12 nightly, substitute e.g. 2.12.17 for 2.13.9; in either case, it's the version number of the next release on that branch

for abcd123, manually substitute the first 7 characters of the SHA of the latest green build on the 2.13.x or 2.12.x branch on Travis-CI.

A quick way to find out the full version number of a current nightly is to use scala-cli, as follows.

quick version (scala-cli)

on scala-cli 0.1.3 or newer, you can run nightlies with:

scala-cli repl -S 2.12.nightly
scala-cli repl -S 2.13.nightly
scala-cli repl -S 2.nightly     # same as 2.13.nightly
# Scala 3, too!
scala-cli repl -S 3.0.nightly
scala-cli repl -S 3.1.nightly
scala-cli repl -S 3.2.nightly
scala-cli repl -S 3.nightly     # same as 3.2.nightly at present

Of course, not only repl works but also all the other scala-cli subcommands such as compile and run. It also works with //> directives in your script itself, for example:

//> using scala "3.nightly"

longer explanation

The Scala team no longer publishes -SNAPSHOT versions of Scala. (Starting that again could be a community contribution; see this ticket.)

But the team does publish nightly builds, each with its own fixed version number. The version number of a nightly looks like e.g. 2.13.1-bin-abcd123. (-bin- signals binary compatibility to sbt; all 2.13.x releases since 2.13.0 are binary compatible with each other.)

The old Jenkins-based answer that used to be here no longer works, since we (in 2018) moved publishing of nightlies off Jenkins and onto Travis-CI.

To tell sbt to use one of these nightlies, you need to do three things.

First, add the resolver where the nightlies are kept:

Global / resolvers += "scala-integration" at

Second, specify the Scala version:

scalaVersion := "2.13.1-bin-abcd123"

But that isn't a real version number. Manually substitute a version number containing the 7-character SHA of the last commit in the scala/scala repository for which a nightly build was published. Look at and you'll see the SHA in the upper right corner of the 2.13.x (or 2.12.x) section. For example:

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As soon as 2.13.1 is released, the version number in the nightly will bump to 2.13.2, and so on.

If you have a multiproject build, be sure you set these settings across all projects when you modify your build definition. Or, you may set them temporarily in the sbt shell with ++2.13.1-bin-abcd123 (sbt 0.13.x) or ++2.13.1-bin-abcd123! (sbt 1.x; the added exclamation point is necessary to force a version not included in crossScalaVersions to be used).

Ideally, we would suggest an automated way to ask Travis-CI for the right SHA. This is presumably possible via Travis-CI's API, but (to my knowledge) nobody has looked into it yet. (Is there a volunteer?)

Note that we call these “nightly” builds informally, but technically it's a misnomer. A so-called “nightly” is built for every merged PR.

Scala 2.11

No further 2.11.x releases are planned, so we (the Scala team at Lightbend) aren't publishing 2.11 nightlies anymore, either.

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