Lightbend Activator

Play (Scala) with play-yeoman

Activator will be EOL-ed on May 24, 2017.

We’re making it easier and simpler for developers to get started with Lightbend technologies. This unfortunately means that future releases of Play, Akka and Scala will no longer include Activator support, and Lightbend’s Activator server will be decommissioned by the end of 2017. Instead of supporting Activator to create and set up development projects, we'll be supporting standard Giter8 templates for sbt users and Maven archetypes for Maven users. So going forward,

To create new Lightbend projects

Instead of using the Activator command, make sure you have sbt 0.13.13 (or higher), and use the “sbt new” command, providing the name of the template. For example, “$ sbt new akka/hello-akka.g8”. You can find a list of templates here.

Also, as a convenience, the Lightbend Project Starter allows you to quickly create a variety of example projects that you just unzip and run.

To create new templates

If you want to create new templates, you can now do that in Giter8.

To migrate templates from Activator to Giter8

If you created Activator templates in the past, please consider migrating them to Giter8 with this simple process.

Play (Scala) with play-yeoman

February 1, 2014
basics playframework scala starter yeoman angularjs

Play application with play-yeoman plugin. Can be used as base for any web applications. Provides ability to use yo, bower and grunt commands on the sbt command line. More details here -

How to get "Play (Scala) with play-yeoman" on your computer

There are several ways to get this template.

Option 1: Choose play-yeoman in the Lightbend Activator UI.

Already have Lightbend Activator (get it here)? Launch the UI then search for play-yeoman in the list of templates.

Option 2: Download the play-yeoman project as a zip archive

If you haven't installed Activator, you can get the code by downloading the template bundle for play-yeoman.

  1. Download the Template Bundle for "Play (Scala) with play-yeoman"
  2. Extract the downloaded zip file to your system
  3. The bundle includes a small bootstrap script that can start Activator. To start Lightbend Activator's UI:

    In your File Explorer, navigate into the directory that the template was extracted to, right-click on the file named "activator.bat", then select "Open", and if prompted with a warning, click to continue:

    Or from a command line:

     C:\Users\typesafe\play-yeoman> activator ui 
    This will start Lightbend Activator and open this template in your browser.

Option 3: Create a play-yeoman project from the command line

If you have Lightbend Activator, use its command line mode to create a new project from this template. Type activator new PROJECTNAME play-yeoman on the command line.

Option 4: View the template source

The creator of this template maintains it at

Option 5: Preview the tutorial below

We've included the text of this template's tutorial below, but it may work better if you view it inside Activator on your computer. Activator tutorials are often designed to be interactive.

Preview the tutorial

You've just created a simple Play Framework application with play-yeoman plugin configured.


You need to have npm, bower, yeoman and grunt installed before doing anything else. Please follow the instructions at to get started.

Initialize the application

Before you start building the application, use yeoman generator on the SBT console to create your web application.
For example to create an agular web application use, sbt> yo angular

Run the application

To run the application, you can use the standard play run command. This will run grunt and build the web app.
sbt> run

View the App

Once the application has been compiled and the server started, your application can be accessed at: http://localhost:9000
Check in Run to see the server status.


Further Learning

The Play Documentation contains much more exhaustive details and also covers a number of other topics which haven't been addressed in this tutorial.
For learning more about yeoman, checkout the website here.
More information and documentation for play-yeoman plugin can be found here.
StackOverflow is a great place ask questions about Play.
The play-framework Google Group is a great place to discuss Play.