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Clients are either editors with built in LSP support like Oni, or an appropriate plugin. Clients are responsible for launching the server, the server is a subprocess of your editor not a daemon.

In general, make sure to configure the client to use stdio and a server launch command like ['/usr/local/bin/clojure-lsp']. If that fails, you may need to have your client launch inside a shell, so use someting like ['bash', '-c', '/usr/local/bin/clojure-lsp']. In windows you probably need to rename to clojure-lsp.bat.


I prefer but both and work well.

See my nvim/init.vim and coc-settings.json

Another example of a Neovim Conjure/CoC/clojure-lsp setup can be found on dharrigan's github repository.

LanguageClient-neovim can be configure with:


function! Expand(exp) abort
    let l:result = expand(a:exp)
    return l:result ==# '' ? '' : "file://" . l:result

nnoremap <silent> crcc :call LanguageClient#workspace_executeCommand('cycle-coll', [Expand('%:p'), line('.') - 1, col('.') - 1])<CR>
nnoremap <silent> crth :call LanguageClient#workspace_executeCommand('thread-first', [Expand('%:p'), line('.') - 1, col('.') - 1])<CR>
nnoremap <silent> crtt :call LanguageClient#workspace_executeCommand('thread-last', [Expand('%:p'), line('.') - 1, col('.') - 1])<CR>
nnoremap <silent> crtf :call LanguageClient#workspace_executeCommand('thread-first-all', [Expand('%:p'), line('.') - 1, col('.') - 1])<CR>
nnoremap <silent> crtl :call LanguageClient#workspace_executeCommand('thread-last-all', [Expand('%:p'), line('.') - 1, col('.') - 1])<CR>
nnoremap <silent> crml :call LanguageClient#workspace_executeCommand('move-to-let', [Expand('%:p'), line('.') - 1, col('.') - 1, input('Binding name: ')])<CR>
nnoremap <silent> cril :call LanguageClient#workspace_executeCommand('introduce-let', [Expand('%:p'), line('.') - 1, col('.') - 1, input('Binding name: ')])<CR>
nnoremap <silent> crel :call LanguageClient#workspace_executeCommand('expand-let', [Expand('%:p'), line('.') - 1, col('.') - 1])<CR>
nnoremap <silent> cram :call LanguageClient#workspace_executeCommand('add-missing-libspec', [Expand('%:p'), line('.') - 1, col('.') - 1])<CR>

initializationOptions can be sent by setting: let g:LanguageClient_settingsPath=".lsp/settings.json"

Project-local .lsp/settings.json would have content like:

{"initializationOptions": {
   "source-paths": ["shared-src", "src", "test", "dashboard/src"],
   "macro-defs": {"project.macros/dofor": ["bindings", "bound-elements"]}}}

Further refactoring mappings include being able to invoke the (coc-codeaction-*) function to provide actions such as move to let, change coll to map and so on.

nmap <silent> <Leader>cr            <Plug>(coc-rename)
nmap <silent> <Leader>cf            <Plug>(coc-references)
xmap <silent> <Leader>c             <Plug>(coc-codeaction-selected)
nmap <silent> <Leader>c             <Plug>(coc-codeaction-line)
nmap <silent> gd                    <Plug>(coc-definition)


lsp-mode has built in support for clojure-lsp. With use-package, add the following to your emacs config:

(use-package lsp-mode
  :ensure t
  :hook ((clojure-mode . lsp)
         (clojurec-mode . lsp)
         (clojurescript-mode . lsp))
  ;; add paths to your local installation of project mgmt tools, like lein
  (setenv "PATH" (concat
                   "/usr/local/bin" path-separator
                   (getenv "PATH")))
  (dolist (m '(clojure-mode
     (add-to-list 'lsp-language-id-configuration `(,m . "clojure")))
  (setq lsp-clojure-server-command '("/path/to/clojure-lsp"))) ;; Optional: In case `clojure-lsp` is not in your $PATH

Optionally you can add lsp-ui for UI feedback and company-mode for completion:

(use-package lsp-ui
  :ensure t
  :commands lsp-ui-mode)

(use-package company
  :ensure t)

In lsp-mode, lsp-clojure-server-command variable is available to override the command to start the clojure-lsp server, might be necessary to do this on a Windows environment.

For a detailed guide on how to configure Emacs with LSP, check here

For more lsp-mode clojure settings, check here


Seems to work reasonably well but couldn't get rename to work reliably

Intellij / Cursive# tested only briefly.

Visual Studio Code#

  • Proof of concept: in the client-vscode directory in this repo.
  • Calva extension includes clojure-lsp support.


I tried making a client but my hello world attempt didn't seem to work. If someone wants to take this on, I'd be willing to package it here too.

Last update: April 8, 2021