Gradle – build tool with a focus on build automation and support for multi-language

Gradle is a build automation tool focused on flexibility and performance.

Gradle offers a flexible model that can support the entire development lifecycle from compiling and packaging code to publishing web sites. Gradle has been designed to support build automation across multiple languages and platforms including Java, Scala, Android, Kotlin, C/C++, and Groovy, and is closely integrated with development tools and continuous integration servers including Eclipse, IntelliJ, and Jenkins. Gradle build scripts are written using a Groovy or Kotlin DSL.

This is free and open source software.

Features include:

  • High performance – only runs tasks that need to run because their inputs or outputs have changed.
  • JVM foundation – runs on the JVM and you must have a Java Development Kit (JDK) installed to use it.
  • Conventions – makes common types of projects — such as Java projects — easy to build by implementing conventions.
  • Extensibility – extend Gradle to provide your own task types or even build model.
  • IDE support – import Gradle builds and interact with them: Android Studio, IntelliJ IDEA, Eclipse, and NetBeans. Gradle also has support for generating the solution files required to load a project into Visual Studio.
  • Insight – build scans provide extensive information about a build run that you can use to identify build issues.
  • Incremental builds.
  • Build caching.
  • Incremental subtasks.
  • Incremental annotation processing.
  • Compiler daemon.
  • Parallel execution.
  • Parallel download of dependencies.
  • Task timeouts.
  • Web-based build visualization.
  • Collaborative debugging.
  • Extend and customise.
  • Continuous build.
  • Composite builds.
  • Task exclusion.
  • Dry run.
  • Continue execution after failures.
  • Fail fast test execution.
  • Snyc dependency cache with repository.

Support: GitHub Code Repository
Developer: Hans Dockter, Adam Murdoch, Szczepan Faber, Peter Niederwieser, Luke Daley, Rene Gröschke, Daz DeBoer, and contributors
License: Apache License 2.0

Gradle is written in Groovy and Java. Learn Groovy with our recommended free books and free tutorials. Learn Java with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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