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Grape is a syntax-aware

-like utility for Clojure code. It allows you to search for code patterns using Clojure data structures.


$ grape [options]  [ ...]

For example, to find all usages of

called with three arguments in
’s own code:
grape --unindent '(map $ $ $)' src

Output: ``` src/grape/impl/match.clj: 29:(map match? trees patterns)

src/grape/cli.clj: 137:(map #(when (= %1 %2) %1) prefix line-prefix)

* `-c`, `--count`: show the total matches count and exit.
* `-F`, `--no-filenames`: by default, `grape` shows the matching filenames when run on multiple files. This option
  disables that.
* `-u`, `--unindent`: un-indent matches.
* `--line-numbers first|all|none`: control line numbers. The default is `first`, i.e. only the first line of each match
  is prefixed by its line number. `all` shows all line numbers; `none` remove them.
* `-n`, `--all-line-numbers`: alias for `--line-numbers all`
* `-N`, `--no-line-numbers`: alias for `--line-numbers none`
* `--inline`: force matches on one line. Note this doesn’t change multi-line strings.

Run grape --help to show all options.


Either get the standalone binary (faster) or a jar from the [Releases page][releases].

If you have Homebrew, you can install it like so:

```bash brew install bfontaine/utils/grape

Thanks to @ngrunwald, there’s also an Arch Linux

package. For example, if you use

yay -S grape-bin


Clojars Project

(require '[grape.core :as g])

(def my-code (slurp "myfile.clj"))

;; Find all occurrences of map called with three arguments (g/find-codes my-code (g/pattern "(map $ $ $)"))

;; Find all occurrences of (condp = ...) (g/find-codes my-code (g/pattern "(condp = $&)"))

;; Find all occurrences of if with no else clause (g/find-codes my-code (g/pattern "(if $ $)")) ; => ({:match "(if …)", :meta {…}}, …)

Matches are map with a

key that contains a string with the matching code and a
key with line/column metadata which you can use to locate the code in your file.


A pattern is any valid Clojure expression. It can contain some special symbols that are interpreted as wildcards.

Comments, whitespaces, and discard reader macros (

) are ignored when matching.


  • $
    : any expression.
  • $&
    : any number of expressions, including zero.
    (f $&)
    (f 1)
    (f 1 2)
    , etc.
  • $string
    , etc: any expression of the given type.

See the full patterns documentation. See more examples.

Wildcards can be combined:

#{$ $&}
matches a set with at least one element.


Copyright © 2019-2020 Baptiste Fontaine

This program and the accompanying materials are made available under the terms of the Eclipse Public License 2.0 which is available at

This Source Code may also be made available under the following Secondary Licenses when the conditions for such availability set forth in the Eclipse Public License, v. 2.0 are satisfied: GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version, with the GNU Classpath Exception which is available at

See also

  • Grasp, to grep Clojure code using clojure.spec regexes

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