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Bazel Quickstart

From zero to Bazel in 5 minutes

1. Install Aspect CLI

2. Run bazel init

This creates Bazel's configuration files in the right spots with some initial content.


The init command is only available in Aspect CLI. Bazel's CLI has no equivalent.

3. Tell Bazel your dependency graph

In many cases the bulk of this work can be automated. For some languages, you can use aspect configure.

4. Run a build

Try bazel build //... to start with.


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