There are 3 preferred ways to install specs2:


First you need to install sbt itself then you need to add the following dependency:

libraryDependencies += "org.specs2" %% "specs2-core" % "3.4" % "test"

resolvers += "scalaz-bintray" at ""

scalacOptions in Test ++= Seq("-Yrangepos")

See here to learn more about sbt dependencies.


You can install Maven from there. Once installed, you need to create a pom.xml file with the maven-scala-plugin. In the pom.xml file you can add the following dependency:

<project xmlns="" xmlns:xsi=""

You will also need to add the bintray repository to your settings.xml file:




Go to this page to install Gradle. You then need to install the Scala plugin and add the following to your build.gradle file:

repositories {
  maven {
     url ""

dependencies {
  testCompile "org.specs2:specs2-core_2.11:3.4"

Also, don’t forget to add the bintray repository to your Maven settings.xml file as described in the Maven section above.

Other dependencies

Depending on the specs2 features you want to use you will need to add more dependencies to your build:

Name Functionality
specs2-matcher-extra for the optional specs2 matchers
specs2-scalacheck to use ScalaCheck properties in specifications
specs2-mock to use Mockito matchers
specs2-analysis to use the package dependencies matcher
specs2-gwt to write given/when/then specifications
specs2-html to export specifications as html
specs2-form to create html form-like specifications
specs2-junit to run specifications as JUnit tests

Note: the specs2-core jar depends on 2 other specs2 jars:

Name Functionality
specs2-common utility classes for text, collections, xml,…
specs2-matcher common specs2 matchers. They can be used as a stand-alone library with JUnit