Lightbend Activator

Template template

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.

Template template

March 6, 2014
activator template

An Activator template to define an Activator template. It's all very meta.

How to get "Template template" on your computer

There are several ways to get this template.

Option 1: Choose template-template in the Lightbend Activator UI.

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

Option 2: Download the template-template project as a zip archive

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

  1. Download the Template Bundle for "Template template"
  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\template-template> activator ui 
    This will start Lightbend Activator and open this template in your browser.

Option 3: Create a template-template 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 template-template 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

Typesafe Activator template

You can use this template to create an empty Typesafe Activator template. It can be used with the Activator to generate a template, or cloned. The generated template can then be used as a base for an application template. Further details are available at

What you need to change

There are various placeholder values which need to be replaced. They are detailed below.


Change the sbt version to the one required by your template


Add any plugins needed by your template. For example, a Play template would require the Play sbt plugin addSbtPlugin("" % "sbt-plugin" % "2.2.0")"


AKA the file you're currently reading. Provide step-by-step information on how to use and modify the application generated by your template.

This file is used to name and describe your template.


The template build file. Specify the name of your template here, along with the version and any dependencies it has.


Define the license for your template here. If you want to use Markdown, rename this file to

Provide general and detailed information on your template.