Call another target within the same buildfile optionally specifying some properties (params in this context). This task must not be used outside of a target.

By default, all of the properties of the current project will be available in the new project. Alternatively, you can set the inheritAll attribute to false and only "user" properties (i.e., those passed on the command-line) will be passed to the new project. In either case, the set of properties passed to the new project will override the properties that are set in the new project (see also the property task).

You can also set properties in the new project from the old project by using nested <param> tags. These properties are always passed to the new project and any project created in that project regardless of the setting of inheritAll. This allows you to parameterize your subprojects. Properties defined on the command line can not be overridden by nested <param> elements.

When more than one nested <param> element would set a property of the same name, the one declared last will win. This is for backwards compatibility reasons even so it is different from the way <property> tasks in build files behave.

Nested <reference> elements can be used to copy references from the calling project to the new project, optionally under a different id. References taken from nested elements will override existing references that have been defined outside of targets in the new project—but not those defined inside of targets.

When a target is invoked by antcall, all of its dependent targets will also be called within the context of any new parameters. For example. if the target doSomethingElse; depended on the target init, then the antcall of doSomethingElse will call init during the call. Of course, any properties defined in the antcall task or inherited from the calling target will be fixed and not overridable in the init target—or indeed in the doSomethingElse target.

The called target(s) are run in a new project; be aware that this means properties, references, etc. set by called targets will not persist back to the calling project.

If the build file changes after you've started the build, the behavior of this task is undefined.


Attribute Description Required
target The target to execute. Yes
inheritAll If true, pass all properties to the new Apache Ant project. No; defaults to true
inheritRefs If true, pass all references to the new Ant project. No; defaults to false

Note on inheritRefs

<antcall> will not override existing references, even if you set inheritRefs to true. As the called build files is the same build file as the calling one, this means it will not override any reference set via an id attribute at all. The only references that can be inherited by the child project are those defined by nested <reference> elements or references defined by tasks directly (not using the id attribute).

Parameters specified as nested elements


Specifies the properties to set before running the specified target. See property for usage guidelines.
These properties become equivalent to properties you define on the command line. These are special properties and they will always get passed down, even through additional <*ant*> tasks with inheritAll set to false (see above).


Used to choose references that shall be copied into the new project, optionally changing their id.

Attribute Description Required
refid The id of the reference in the calling project. Yes
torefid The id of the reference in the new project. No; defaults to the value of refid


Since Ant 1.6.

You can specify a set of properties to be copied into the new project with propertysets.


Since Ant 1.6.3.

You can specify multiple targets using nested <target> elements instead of using the target attribute. These will be executed as if Ant had been invoked with a single target whose dependencies are the targets so specified, in the order specified.

Attribute Description Required
name The name of the called target. Yes


The following

<target name="default">
  <antcall target="doSomethingElse">
    <param name="param1" value="value"/>

<target name="doSomethingElse">
  <echo message="param1=${param1}"/>

will run the target doSomethingElse and echo param1=value, whereas

<antcall ... >
  <reference refid="path1" torefid="path2"/>

will copy the parent's definition of path1 into the new project using the id path2.