Apache Ant is a Java library and command-line tool whose mission is to drive processes described in build files as targets and extension points dependent upon each other. The main known usage of Ant is the build of Java applications. Ant supplies a number of built-in tasks allowing to compile, assemble, test and run Java applications. Ant can also be used effectively to build non Java applications, for instance C or C++ applications. More generally, Ant can be used to pilot any type of process which can be described in terms of targets and tasks.
Ant is written in Java. Users of Ant can develop their own "antlibs" containing Ant tasks and types, and are offered a large number of ready-made commercial or open-source "antlibs".
Ant is extremely flexible and does not impose coding conventions or directory layouts to the Java projects which adopt it as a build tool.
Software development projects looking for a solution combining build tool and dependency management can use Ant in combination with Apache Ivy.
The Apache Ant project is part of the Apache Software Foundation.
Mar 27, 2018 - Apache Ant 1.9.11 and 1.10.3 Released
Apache Ant 1.9.11 and 1.10.3 are now available for download as source or binary from https://ant.apache.org/bindownload.cgi.
The Apache Ant team currently maintains two lines of development. The 1.9.x releases require Java5 at runtime and 1.10.x requires Java8 at runtime. Both lines are based off of Ant 1.9.7 and the 1.9.x releases are mostly bug fix releases while additional new features are developed for 1.10.x. We recommend using 1.10.x unless you are required to use versions of Java prior to Java8 during the build process.
Ant 1.10.3 contains a superset of 1.9.11 - with the exception of
a few tasks and features that no longer work with Java8 anyway
Both releases are mostly bug fix releases with a few new features being added. Ant 1.10.2 introduced a number of regressions that are now fixed in 1.10.3.
Ant 1.10.3 introduces initial support for JUnit5 in the form of
junitlauncher task. The new task is fully
functional but currently lacks a few features like forking a new
JVM for tests which will be added in upcoming releases.
Dec 13, 2016 - EasyAnt retired
The Ant PMC voted
to archive the EasyAnt subproject and all its modules. This means that all
its resources are removed or made read only and no further development will
It also means that, if a community grows, the subproject could reactivated.
June 13, 2017 - Apache Compress Ant Library 1.5 Available
This release adapts to the 1.14 release of Apache Commons Compress and now adds read-only support for the Brotli format, full support for LZ4 and write-support for Snappy and LZMA in addition to the read-only support offered by version 1.4.
December 26, 2014 - Apache Ivy 2.4.0 Released
Apache Ivy 2.4.0 is now available for download as source or binary (with and without dependencies) from https://ant.apache.org/ivy/download.cgi.
Key features of the 2.4.0 release are
- some new Ant tasks
- improved OSGI support
- a Bintray resolver
- numerous bug fixes as documented in Jira and in the release notes
For more information see the Ivy home page.
November 22, 2013 - Apache IvyDE 2.2.0 Released
The Apache IvyDE project is pleased to announce its 2.2.0 release.
The Apache IvyDE Eclipse plugin integrates Apache Ivy's dependency management into Eclipse. It lets you manage your dependencies declared in an ivy.xml in your Java Eclipse projects, or any other kind of project which needs dependency management. Apache IvyDE will contribute to the classpath of your Java project or you can make it retrieve your dependencies directly into your project. Last but not least Apache IvyDE offer editors of ivy.xml and ivysettings.xml files with completion. Get some preview here: https://ant.apache.org/ivy/ivyde/screenshots.html
Major changes in this release
- The API of IvyDE has been stabilized so that third party plugins can rely on it,
- while still not complete, and still not advertised as stable in Ivy, support of OSGi has been added,
- javadoc and source attachement can be edited now one by one,
- improved stability of the resolve process,
- improved logging for easier debugging.
- This release is expected to work with every version of Ivy 2.1 or superior. The OSGi features require Ivy 2.3.0 or superior though.
This release is considered as stable. The beta of 2.2.0 has been out for a (too) long time.
A more detailed release notes can be read there:
Download the 2.2.0 release at: https://ant.apache.org/ivy/ivyde/download.cgi
Or use directly the Apache IvyDE's updatesite: https://www.apache.org/dist/ant/ivyde/updatesite
Issues should be reported to: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/IVYDE
More information can be found on the Apache IvyDE website: https://ant.apache.org/ivy/ivyde/
You can view the documentation for the current release (Apache Ant 1.9.7) online
Comprehensive documentation is included in the source and binary distributions.