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.
January 10, 2023 - Apache Ant 1.10.13 Released
Apache Ant 1.10.13 is now available for download 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 1.10.13 is mostly a bug fix release, but does contain one important change - Java versions starting Java 18, by default, no longer allow SecurityManager to be set at runtime. Ant (internally) does set SecurityManager at runtime. This caused problems for projects that wanted to build their projects using Ant against Java 18 or higher. This newly released Ant 1.10.13 version fixes that issue (internally) and thus should allow projects to use this version of Ant to build against Java 18 or higher.
November 4, 2022 - Apache Ivy 2.5.1 Released
Apache Ivy 2.5.1 is now available for download as source or binary from https://ant.apache.org/ivy/download.cgi.
Ivy 2.5.1 is mainly a bug fix release that also fixes two security vulnerabilities, see security reports for details.
Jul 7, 2021 - Apache AntUnit 1.4.1 Released
This release fixes the antlib.xml descriptor so that AntUnit can now be used with a user-defined URI rather than having AntUnit's preferred URI hardcoded..
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.
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://downloads.apache.org/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 online
Comprehensive documentation is included in the source and binary distributions.