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.
May 21, 2013 - Apache Ant 1.9.1 Released
Apache Ant 1.9.1 is now available for download as source or binary from http://ant.apache.org/bindownload.cgi.
Key features of the 1.9.1 release are
- new if and unless XML namespaces available on all tasks and nested elements
- Zip64 extensions are disabled by default
- Loading of external dependencies fixed in JUnit tasks
- JUnitreport default stylesheets now compatible with JDK 1.7
- Recommending to upgrade to jsch 0.1.50 for users of the ssh/scp tasks under Java 1.7
- Other fixes and improvements documented in WHATSNEW
January 21, 2013 - Apache Ivy 2.3.0 Released
Apache Ivy 2.3.0 is now available for download as source or binary (with and without dependencies) from http://ant.apache.org/ivy/download.cgi.
Key features of the 2.3.0 release are
- improved Ant support with some new Ant tasks and enhancements to existing tasks
- improved Maven2 compatibility
- some new resolvers
- numerous bug fixes and improvements as documented in Jira and in the release notes
In addition, experimental OSGI support has been added to the Ivy core.
For more information see the Ivy home page.
April 20, 2012 - Apache Compress Antlib 1.2 Released
This release adapts to the 1.4 release of Apache Commons Compress and now adds support for the XZ format and supports a wider variety of tar dialects including limited support for the current POSIX standard.
You can view the documentation for the current release (Apache Ant 1.9.0) online
Comprehensive documentation is included in the source and binary distributions.