Once you have become comfortable with figwheel-main, you may want to put some effort into integrating it with your preferred editor. This document will discuss how to get your project working nicely with Cursive for a few different configurations.


Support for deps.edn and the CLI is currently only available in the Early Access versions of Cursive and it is not yet able to run figwheel-main directly, so for now we will focus on Leiningen.

We’re going to start with the same build that we used in the create-a-build documentation. Set up your project as described there and confirm that you can run it using

$ lein fig -- -b dev -r

These instructions should work for any project that is able to run Figwheel from the command line using a lein run command

Add a dev folder to the root of your project, then add a user.clj file in that folder and copy this code into it

(require '[figwheel.main.api :as fig])
(fig/start "dev")

Now we can get our REPL configured. In the Cursive menu, follow these steps

  • Navigate to Run -> Edit Configurations
  • Click the + icon and select Clojure REPL -> Local
  • Select Use clojure.main in normal JVM process
  • Enter dev/user.clj into the parameters field.
  • Click OK to save the config.

Run your REPL and enjoy figwheel-main in Cursive! Note that this will be a ClojureScript REPL - we will see how to get things working nicely with a combined Clojure + ClojureScript project next.