Apache Ant is a Java library and command-line tool who's 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.
December 27th, 2010 - Apache Ant 1.8.2 Released
Apache Ant 1.8.2 is now available for download as source or binary (with and without dependencies) from http://ant.apache.org/bindownload.cgi.
Key features of the 1.8.2 release are
- performance improvements in directory scanning
- XSLT task honors classpath again (bugrep 49271)
- distinction between core tasks and optional tasks is abolished
- numerous bug fixes and improvements as documented in Bugzilla and in WHATSNEW
September 30, 2010 - Apache Ivy 2.2.0 Released
Apache Ivy 2.2.0 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 2.2.0 release are
- enhanced Maven2 compatibility, with several bug fixes and more pom features covered
- new parent mechanism for Ivy files
- improved pom generation from an ivy.xml file
- automated PGP signature generation when uploading artifacts
- numerous bug fixes and improvements as documented in Jira and in the release notes
For more information see the Ivy home page.
September 26, 2008 - Apache AntUnit 1.1 Released
In addition to a few bugfixes and some new assertions AntUnit 1.1 allows test listeners to receive the log output of the project under test. Both plainlistener and xmllistener have an option that makes them echo the project's output into their respective logs.
For more information see the Antlib's home page
You can view the documentation for the current release (Apache Ant 1.8.1) online
Comprehensive documentation is included in the source and binary distributions.