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Version: ZIO 1.x

Getting Started

Include ZIO in your project by adding the following to your build.sbt file:

libraryDependencies += "dev.zio" %% "zio" % "1.0.16"

If you want to use ZIO streams, you should also include the following dependency:

libraryDependencies += "dev.zio" %% "zio-streams" % "1.0.16"


Your application can extend App, which provides a complete runtime system and allows you to write your whole program using ZIO:

import zio.console._

object MyApp extends zio.App {

def run(args: List[String]) =

val myAppLogic =
for {
_ <- putStrLn("Hello! What is your name?")
name <- getStrLn
_ <- putStrLn(s"Hello, ${name}, welcome to ZIO!")
} yield ()

The run method should return a ZIO value which has all its errors handled,
which, in ZIO parlance, is an unexceptional ZIO value.

One way to do this is to invoke fold over a ZIO value, to get an unexceptional ZIO value. That requires two handler functions: eh: E => B (the error handler) and ah: A => B (the success handler).

If myAppLogic fails, eh will be used to get from e: E to b: B; if it succeeds, ah will be used to get from a: A to b: B.

myAppLogic, as folded above, produces an unexceptional ZIO value, with B being Int.
If myAppLogic fails, there will be a 1; if it succeeds, there will be a 0.

If you are integrating ZIO into an existing application, using dependency injection, or do not control your main function, then you can create a runtime system in order to execute your ZIO programs:

import zio._

object IntegrationExample {
val runtime = Runtime.default

runtime.unsafeRun(Task(println("Hello World!")))

Ideally, your application should have a single runtime, because each runtime has its own resources (including thread pool and unhandled error reporter).


ZIO provides a module for interacting with the console. You can import the functions in this module with the following code snippet:

import zio.console._

If you need to print text to the console, you can use putStr and putStrLn:

// Print without trailing line break
putStr("Hello World")
// res8: ZIO[Console,, Unit] = zio.ZIO$Read@b3892a0

// Print string and include trailing line break
putStrLn("Hello World")
// res9: ZIO[Console,, Unit] = zio.ZIO$Read@1d03eef5

If you need to read input from the console, you can use getStrLn:

val echo = getStrLn.flatMap(line => putStrLn(line))
// echo: ZIO[Console,, Unit] = zio.ZIO$FlatMap@4b0b27c2

Learning More

To learn more about ZIO, see the Overview.