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Written by Oleksandr Gavenko (AKA gavenkoa), compiled on 2019-01-03 from rev c44e4331713c.


Getting help

$ gradle --help

Stopping server

$ gradle --stop


Gradle uses modified Slf4j: org.gradle.api.logging.Logger.

Logging level can be set with org.gradle.api.logging.LogLevel:

logger.log(LogLevel.LIFECYCLE, "Unzipping {}...", zipFile);

Project and Task has logger object with levels:

logger.error "..."
logger.quiet "..."
logger.warning "..."
logger.lifecycle "..."
logger.info "..."
logger.debug "..."

println is printed on quiet level.

Make Gradle quiet:

$ gradle -q ...
$ gradle --quiet ...

Show only errors/warnings:

$ gradle -w ...
$ gradle --warn ...

Make Gradle verbose:

$ gradle -i ...
$ gradle --info ...

Make Gradle to print debug output:

$ gradle -d ...
$ gradle --debug ...

Managing tasks

List tasks:

$ gradle tasks

Getting list of supported tasks in each subproject:

$ gradle tasks --all

Getting help on task:

$ gradle help --task build
$ gradle -q help --task build

Similar but to each task:

$ gradle model

Skip task during build with -x option:

$ gradle -x test build
$ gradle -x :core:build :client:build

Skipt task programmatically:

gradle.startParameter.excludedTaskNames.add "jar"

Working with subprojects

Getting list of subprojects:

$ gradle projects

Running build on specific subproject:

$ gradle :$SUB:clean
$ gradle -p $SUB clean

If subproject lies in hierarchy:

$ gradle :$SUB/$SUBSUB:clean
$ gradle -p $SUB/$SUBSUB clean

Skip building dependent modules, build just current module:

$ gradle -a build
$ gradle --no-rebuild build
$ gradle -a :client:build

Creating multilevel project:

$ mkdir $PRJROOT
$ mkdir lvl1 lvl1/lvl2
$ touch build.gradle lvl1/build.gradle lvl1/lvl2/build.gradle
$ { echo include "'lvl1'"; echo include "'lvl1/lvl2'"; } >settings.gradle
$ gradle projects

settings.gradle can include per line or a list of subprojects:

include 'sub1', 'sub2', 'sub2'
include 'lvl1'
include 'lvl1/lvl2'

https://docs.gradle.org/current/userguide/intro_multi_project_builds.html http://stackoverflow.com/questions/16976214/gradle-build-only-one-module

Debugging build

Enable better logging:

$ gradle -i ...
$ gradle --info ...
$ gradle -d ...
$ gradle --debug ...

Enable stacktraces:

$ gradle --stacktrace

Review deprecation:

$ gradle --warning-mode=all --stacktrace

Profiling build

$ gradle --profile

To use build scans accept EULA:

buildScan {
  termsOfServiceUrl = 'https://gradle.com/terms-of-service'
  termsOfServiceAgree = 'yes'

then run:

$ gradle --scan

Running completely isolated build

To avoid using global cache and for really clean build use:

$ gradle --no-daemon -g _tmp
$ gradle --no-daemon --gradle-user-home ./.gradle.local

Build sources

$ gradle compileJava
$ gradle compileTestJava

Build with additional options and checks:

compileJava {
  options.compilerArgs << "-Xlint:unchecked" << "-Xlint:deprecation"
compileTestJava {
  options.encoding = 'UTF-8'
  options.compilerArgs << "-Xlint:unchecked" << "-Xlint:deprecation"

To apply change recursively to subprojects:

subprojects {
    tasks.withType(JavaCompile) {
        options.compilerArgs << "-Xlint:unchecked" << "-Xlint:deprecation"

Run main class

$ gradle run

Run tests

To run test:

$ gradle test

To select specific test or pattern use --tests option, like:

$ gradle test --tests com.evil.UtitTest
$ gradle test --tests com.evil.UtitTest.login
$ gradle test --tests '*'BasicTest.login
$ gradle test --tests '*BasicTest.calc*'

To skip tests in build:

$ gradle -x test build

To continue testing after fixing test:

$ gradle test --continue

Alternative solution involves passing system property with build.gradle:

test.onlyIf { ! Boolean.getBoolean('skip.tests') }

To run tests with additional registered checks:

$ gradle check


--rerun-tasks option specifies that any task optimization is ignored. In that way you may rerun tests even if there are no changed files:

$ gradle test --rerun-tasks

By default System.out and Sysyem.err redirected so you wouldn't see anything about test on console.

Quick way to see test output is:

$ gradle test -i

Alternatively configure test task:

test {
  testLogging {
    events "passed", "skipped", "failed" //, "standardOut", "standardError"

    showExceptions true
    exceptionFormat "full"
    showCauses true
    showStackTraces true

    showStandardStreams = false

List project dependencies

List of project execution dependencies (it also download dependencies):

$ gradle dependencies
$ gradle dependencies --configuration compile
$ gradle dependencies -p $SUBPROJ
$ gradle :$SUBPROJ:dependencies
$ gradle :$SUBPROJ:dependencies --configuration testCompile

List of project plugin dependencies:

$ gradle buildEnvironment
$ gradle buildEnvironment -p $SUBPROJ
$ gradle :$SUBPROJ:buildEnvironment

Paths to dependencies can be printed via task:

task printDepPaths {
  doLast { configurations.runtime.each { println it } }

All dependencies can be copied to single directory via task:

task copyRuntimeLibs(type: Copy) {
  into "lib"
  from configurations.runtime
  // from configurations.testRuntime - configurations.runtime

List of configurations:

configurations.each { println it.name }

For each configuration build<ConfigurationName> and upload<ConfigurationName> are defined.

Configuring external dependencies

Adding large well known artifact repositories:

repositories {

mavelLocal() for local ~/.m2 or whenever Maven settings.xml is pointing.

Adding custom repositories:

repositories {
  maven { url "http://repo.example.com/maven2" }
  ivy { url "http://repo.example.com/ivy" }
  maven {
    url "http://repo.example.com/maven2"
    username "ro-user"
    password "pas$$word"

Excluding transitive dependencies:

compile 'org.springframework:spring-web:4.3.10.RELEASE' {
    exclude group: 'com.google.code.gson', module: 'gson'

configurations.all {
    exclude group: 'com.google.code.gson', module: 'gson'

configurations.runtime {
    exclude group: 'com.google.code.gson', module: 'gson'

Forcing a specific version of a transitive dependency:

configurations.all {
    resolutionStrategy.force 'com.google.code.gson:gson:2.8.1'

Declaring dependency on module in multi-module build:

compile project(':core')

List project properties

$ gradle properties
$ gradle :$SUBPROJ:properties
$ gradle properties -p $SUBPROJ

Well known properties

rootDir, projectDir, buildDir are of java.io.File type.

tasks refers to task set.

project, subprojects, rootProject refer to various Project instances.

Dry tun

-m option allow parsing build scripts without actually executing them:

$ gradle -m clean compile

Bootstrap project structure

This creates simple project with Gradle boilerplate files:

$ gradle init --type java-library

To convert Maven project (with pom.xml file) to Gradle project use:

$ gradle init --type pom
Official docs on init plugin.

Gradle wrapper

With Gradle v2.4 and above:

$ cd $PROJ
$ gradle wrapper --gradle-version 3.5

It will add gradle/wrapper/gradle-wrapper.jar to project root and next call to ./gradlew download Gradle distribution from distributionUrl parameter from gradle/wrapper/gradle-wrapper.properties file. Dictribution will be cached in ~/.gradle/wrapper/dists.gradle/wrapper/dists directory so next calls won't require download.

Alternatively define task:

task wrapper(type: Wrapper) {
    gradleVersion = '2.0'

Update Gradle wrapper version with:

$ gradle --version
Gradle 4.0.1
$ gradle wrapper --gradle-version 4.9

To increase security add distributionSha256Sum parameter to gradle-wrapper.properties file. Distribution SHA-256 sum can be obtained via shasum utility.

Official docs.

Managing Gradle cache

Work in offline mode with --offline option.

Invalidate cache (force re-downloading dependencies) with --refresh-dependencies option.

Alternatively remove ~/.m2/repository/ and ~/.gradle/caches directories.

Gradle cached modules declared as changing:

dependencies {
  compile("com.evil:evil-api:1.0.1-SNAPSHOT") { changing=true }

Default timeout is 24 hours and can be reset/changed via:

configurations.all {
    resolutionStrategy.cacheChangingModulesFor 0, 'seconds'

Download sources and javadoc of dependencies

To download sources and javadoc of dependencies to local ~/.gradle cache add idea plugin to your build.gradle:

apply plugin: 'idea'
idea.module.downloadJavadoc = true
idea.module.downloadSources = true

and invoke plugin:

$ gradle idea

To wipe out Idea projects file after plug-in run:

$ gradle cleanIdea

Dependencies between tasks

Direct dependency:

task A {
  dependsOn B, C
A.dependsOn D, E

Cleanup actions:

task A {
  dependsOn startServer
  finalizedBy stopServer

To enforce order without enforcing dependency:

task A {
  mustRunAfter B

Declare dependencies programmatically:

dependsOn project.tasks.matching { it.name.endsWith "Test" }

Apply task on condition:

task upload {
    onlyIf { System.getProperty("debug") != null }
    doLast { println "In debug mode." }

Accessing task graph

Process task graph when it is already populated:

gradle.taskGraph.whenReady { graph ->
  if (graph.hasTask(":release")) { ... }

gradle.taskGraph is safe to access inside doFirst / doLast:

task someTask {
  doLast {
    if (gradle.taskGraph.hasTask(":someTask")) {  }

List all tasks that will be executed in current build:

println gradle.taskGraph.allTasks

Applying pluings

apply from: "plugins/my.gradle"