Gradle vs. Apache Ant vs. Bazel

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What is Gradle?

Gradle is a build tool with a focus on build automation and support for multi-language development. If you are building, testing, publishing, and deploying software on any platform, Gradle offers a flexible model that can support the entire development lifecycle from compiling and packaging code to publishing web sites.

What is Apache Ant?

Ant is a Java-based build tool. In theory, it is kind of like Make, without Make's wrinkles and with the full portability of pure Java code.

What is Bazel?

Bazel is a build tool that builds code quickly and reliably. It is used to build the majority of Google's software, and thus it has been designed to handle build problems present in Google's development environment.

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Why do developers choose Gradle?
Why do you like Gradle?

Why do developers choose Apache Ant?
Why do you like Apache Ant?

Why do developers choose Bazel?
Why do you like Bazel?


What are the cons of using Gradle?
Downsides of Gradle?

What are the cons of using Apache Ant?
No Cons submitted yet for Apache Ant
Downsides of Apache Ant?

What are the cons of using Bazel?
Downsides of Bazel?


What companies use Gradle?
557 companies on StackShare use Gradle
What companies use Apache Ant?
30 companies on StackShare use Apache Ant
What companies use Bazel?
9 companies on StackShare use Bazel


What tools integrate with Gradle?
11 tools on StackShare integrate with Gradle
What tools integrate with Apache Ant?
1 tools on StackShare integrate with Apache Ant
What tools integrate with Bazel?
3 tools on StackShare integrate with Bazel

What are some alternatives to Gradle, Apache Ant, and Bazel?

  • Apache Maven - Apache build manager for Java projects.
  • Sonatype Nexus - The world's best way to organize, store, and distribute software components
  • JitPack - JitPack builds GitHub Gradle and Maven projects on demand and provides ready-to-use packages
  • Pants - Build system by Twitter, Foursquare, and Square

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