How To Install Play Framework on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Install Play Framework on Ubuntu 20.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Play Framework on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Play Framework is a powerful and popular web application framework for building scalable and efficient applications using Java and Scala. It offers a simple and expressive API, seamless asynchronous programming, and a wide range of features that make it an excellent choice for developing modern web applications.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of Play Framework on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 20.04, 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Play Framework on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

Step 1. To begin the installation process, it’s crucial to update your system packages to their latest versions. This step ensures that you have access to the most recent security patches, bug fixes, and compatibility updates. Open a terminal and execute the following commands to update and upgrade your system packages:

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade
sudo apt install git unzip zip curl

Step 2. Installing Play Framework on Ubuntu 20.04.

Now download the SDK install script with which we will install sbt (Scala Build Tool) which is the tool with which we will finally manage the projects made with Play Framework:

curl -s "" | bash

Then, refresh the user’s PATH:

source "$HOME/.sdkman/bin/"

Next, check the installed SDK version with the following command:

sdk version

When using the SDK, you should then install Java. To do this, you can run the following command below:

sdk install java $(sdk list java | grep -o "8\.[0-9]*\.[0-9]*\.hs-adpt" | head -1)

After that, use SDK to install sbt (Scala Build Tool):

sdk install sbt


Installing: sbt 1.5.6
Done installing!

Setting sbt 1.5.6 as default.

Step 3. Create a Sample project for Play Framework.

Run the following command to download the sample project to your system:

cd ~
git clone
cd play-samples/play-scala-hello-world-tutorial

Finally, run the project:

sbt run

Step 4. Accessing Play Framework Web Interface.

Once successfully create a sample project, open your web browser at http://localhost:9000 to view the content.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Play Framework. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the Play Framework the high-velocity web framework for Java and Scala on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Play Framework website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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