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Running Custom REPL Commands

Calva supports configuration of custom command snippets that you can execute in the REPL at will. If your workflow has you repeatedly evaluate a particular piece of code, you can use the setting calva.customREPLCommandSnippets to configure it and then use the command Run Custom REPL Command to access it. The command will give you a menu with the snippets you have configured.

The calva.customREPLCommandSnippets is an array of objects with the following fields:

  • name: The name of the snippet as it will appear in the picker menu
  • snippet: The code that will be evaluated
  • ns: (optional) Namespace to evaluate the command in. If omitted the command will be executed in the namespace of the current editor.
  • repl: Which repl session to use for the evaluation. Either "clj" or "cljs"

There are also substitutions available, which will take elements from the current state of Calva and splice them in to the text of your command before executing it. They are

  • $line: Current line number in editor
  • $column: Current column number in editor
  • $file: Full name of current file edited

E.g. with these settings:

    "calva.customREPLCommandSnippets": [
            "name": "Foo",
            "snippet": "(println :foo)",
            "ns": "",
            "repl": "cljs"
            "name": "Bar",
            "snippet": "(println :bar $line)",
            "ns": "",
            "repl": "clj"
            "name": "Refresh",
            "snippet": "(refresh)",
            "repl": "clj"

You will get this menu.


The items are numbered for you so that you can choose them in predictable way. The default keyboard shortcut for the command is ctrl+alt+c, .. Which means that to execute the Refresh command, (refresh), in the clj REPL, you could do:

ctrl+alt+c, ., 3, ENTER.