Project Configuration


Lightbend Orchestration is no longer actively developed and will reach its End of Life on April 15, 2020.

We recommend Migrating to the Improved Kubernetes Deployment Experience.

The sbt plugin, sbt-reactive-app, inspects the project it is included in to provide a set of reasonable defaults and reduce the amount of configuration required to a bare minimum. Refer to the sections below to understand what features are available, which are automatically enabled, and when manual configuration is required.

Automatic Configuration

Refer to the listing below to understand what functionality is provided automatically by the plugin for your framework.

Refer to the Additional Configuration section below for information on how you can manually enable and disable these for all applications.


  • Akka Cluster Formation
  • Docker & JVM Configuration
  • Endpoint Detection
  • Port Assignment & Binding
  • Service Locator 1
  • Status


  • Docker & JVM Configuration
  • Port Assignment & Binding

1 Note that the Lagom service locator must be manually enabled (Java) or mixed into your application (Scala).*


  • Docker & JVM Configuration

Required Configuration

Service Locator

reactive-lib, which is automatically included by the sbt plugin, provides a service locator that can be used by JVM applications to easily locate other services using DNS SRV. Additionally, the project provides an implementation of Lagom’s service locator. Use the configuration below to enable the Lagom service locator.

Lagom Java

Add the following configuration to your application.conf file to enable the Lagom Java Service Locator:

play.modules.enabled +=

Lagom Scala

When declaring your Lagom application, for each service you will need to mix in the com.lightbend.rp.servicediscovery.lagom.scaladsl.LagomServiceLocatorComponents trait:

import com.lightbend.rp.servicediscovery.lagom.scaladsl.LagomServiceLocatorComponents


class LagomLoader extends LagomApplicationLoader {
  override def load(context: LagomApplicationContext) =
    new MyLagomApplication(context) with LagomServiceLocatorComponents


Recommended Configuration

Split Brain Resolver

If your application uses Akka Cluster (which includes most Lagom services), you’ll need a solution to deal with downing of rescheduled cluster members as well as a strategy for dealing with network partitions. Lightbend provides a solution to its customers as part of the Lightbend Reactive Platform.

Be sure to consult the documentation on Split Brain Resolver to learn how to configure your application to use it.

Additional Configuration

Your application may require that you manually enable or disable the various settings provided by sbt-reactive-app. Refer to the table below to understand what settings are available.

sbt Settings & Tasks

Name / Type Description

Specifies the service name. Defaults to the sbt project’s name for regular projects. Defaults to the Lagom service name for Lagom projects

Map[String, String]
Key/value pairs to export as annotations.

Specifies whether Akka Cluster Bootstrapping should be enabled. When enabled, an Akka extension will be enabled that will automatically form your cluster using service discovery.

Specifies whether basic features like Platform detection should be enabled

Specifies whether secrets library should be enabled

Declare the endpoints that should be made available for your service

Map[String, EnvironmentVariable]
Declare values that should be bound to environment variables (application runtime). Note that additional environment variables can also be set during deploy time using the rp command.

For automatic HTTP ingress declarations, specifies the host used for ingress.

For automatic HTTP ingress declarations, specifies the port used for ingress.

sbt Native Packager

Under the hood, the tooling uses sbt Native Packager to create Docker images. Under most circumstances, the defaults are sufficient. However, for advanced and complex scenarios, be sure to consult its documentation for additional Docker-related settings.