CIDER provides intelligent code completion for both source buffers (powered by cider-mode) and REPL buffers.

Note

Internally CIDER leverages compliment for Clojure and cljs-tooling for ClojureScript. Improvements to the two libraries automatically translate to improvements in CIDER.

Standard completion

Out-of-the box CIDER uses the standard Emacs tooling for code completion. When you press TAB or M-TAB you'll get completion candidates in a dedicated buffer.

Code Completion

Auto-completion

While the standard Emacs tooling works just fine, we suggest that CIDER users consider using company-mode instead. Company mode can be used for auto-completion for both source code and REPL buffers. To install company-mode:

M-x package-install RET company RET

After installation, you can turn on company-mode globally:

(global-company-mode)

or through mode-specific hooks:

(add-hook 'cider-repl-mode-hook #'company-mode)
(add-hook 'cider-mode-hook #'company-mode)

When company-mode is enabled, it will receive completion information from cider-complete-at-point and requires no additional setup or plugins.

If you'd prefer to trigger completions manually you can add this to your config:

(setq company-idle-delay nil) ; never start completions automatically
(global-set-key (kbd "M-TAB") #'company-complete) ; use M-TAB, a.k.a. C-M-i, as manual trigger

To make TAB complete, without losing the ability to manually indent, you can add this to your config:

(global-set-key (kbd "TAB") #'company-indent-or-complete-common)

Fuzzy candidate matching

By default company-mode will provide completion candidates with the assumption that whatever you've typed so far is a prefix of what you're really trying to type. For example, if you type map- then you'll only get completion candidates that have map- as the beginning of their names. Sometimes, you don't know the exact prefix for the item you want to type. In this case, you can get CIDER-specific "fuzzy completion" by adding:

(add-hook 'cider-repl-mode-hook #'cider-company-enable-fuzzy-completion)
(add-hook 'cider-mode-hook #'cider-company-enable-fuzzy-completion)

Now, company-mode will accept certain fuzziness when matching candidates against the prefix. For example, typing mp will show you map-indexed as one of the possible completion candidates and cji will complete to clojure.java.io. Different completion examples are shown here.

Completion annotations

Completion candidates will be annotated by default with an abbreviation corresponding to their type, and (contextually) their namespace. The function used to format the annotation can be configured by cider-annotate-completion-function. The abbreviations used are configured by cider-completion-annotations-alist and the context in which their namespace is included is configured by cider-completion-annotations-include-ns.

Completion Annotations

Tip

Completion annotations can be disabled by setting cider-annotate-completion-candidates to nil.

Updating stale classes and methods cache

Sometimes, the completion fails to recognize new classes that came with dependencies that were loaded dynamically after the REPL has started (e.g. via Boot). Executing M-x cider-completion-flush-caches (or going through the menu CIDER Interaction->Misc->Flush completion cache) forces the completion backend to re-read all classes it can find on the classpath.