Created: 2012-12-31 13:09
Updated: 2018-04-15 08:29
License: mit


Funky is a javalibrary that lets you run clojure code within your java app.


Object orientated and functional languages have there benefits. One of the big advantage of functional languages is the immutability. This gets handy e.g. when you have to deal with money values. No ones likes unnoticed side effets when calculating with money.

At this point Funky comes into play. Use the advantages of Java and Clojure and keep the languages completely seperated.

Main concept

Create some clojure source you like, e.g.

(ns de.windler.example)

(def multi (fn [x y] (* x y)))

To make this accessable from Java you have to create a enum extending FunkyFunction

public enum ClojureFunctions implements FunkyFunction {
	CLOJ_MULTI("multi", "de.windler.example");

	private final String name;
	private final String namespace;

	private ClojureFunctions(final String name, final String namespace) { = name;
		this.namespace = namespace;

	public final String getName() {
		return name;

	public String getNamespace() {
		return namespace;

Next, you a need a java class that extending the FunkyBridge which will be annotated to use our created clojure functin

@Funky(driver = FunkyDriver.CLOJURE, target = "de/windler/example/calculations.clj")
public class SimpleEngine extends FunkyBridge {

	public SimpleEngine() throws FunkyException {

	public long multiply(int x, in y) throws FunkyException {
		return invoke(ClojureFunctions.CLOJ_MULTI, Long.class, x, y).getValue();

Thats it. You can now run your clojure functions by calling your java method

(new SimpleEngine()).multiply(10, 5);

Async execution

You can also run async function like the following

(defn async [i] 
  (if (= i 0) 1
    (+ 1 (async (- i 1)))))

Instead of waiting for the result you can now use the invokeAndNotify instead of the invoke method within your java service

public void calcAsync(FunkyInvocationFinishedListener<?> listener) throws FunkyException {
	invokeAndNotify(listener, ClojureFunctions.CLOJ_ADD_ASYNC, 1000);

When the executions finishes the FunkyInvocationFinishedListener will be called.

Load clojure source on demand

When the FunkyBridge is created the source file will be parsed. If you want to parse it when invoke is called then just annotate @FunkyLoadOnDemand.

Initialize bridge in thread

If you want to init the FunkyBridge immidiatly but in background you can annotate @FunkyInitializeInThread. By calling FunkyBridge#addInitializedListener you can register a callback that is called when the thread finished.

Constants from clojure

If you want a field in your FunkyBridge to be a constant from the clojure source then just create a field with the name of the def to call and annotate it with @FunkyConstant. Remmeber that this def must not need any arguments. Alternatively, you can annotate @FunkyImmutableConstant and make the field of type FunkyImmutableValue.

(defn pi [] (/ 3.14 1))
//...extends FunkyBridge

private Double pi;

private FunkyImmutableValue<Double> pi;

Future work

This projects was a proof of concept and is no longer under active development. If you like the project feel free to contact me, create issues or fork the project. There are also some trivial examples located within the sources.

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