Bazel vs. Gradle vs. Pants

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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.

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 Pants?

Pants is a build system for Java, Scala and Python. It works particularly well for a source code repository that contains many distinct projects.

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

Why do developers choose Pants?
Why do you like Pants?


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

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

What are the cons of using Pants?
No Cons submitted yet for Pants
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What companies use Bazel?
11 companies on StackShare use Bazel
What companies use Gradle?
572 companies on StackShare use Gradle
What companies use Pants?
4 companies on StackShare use Pants


What tools integrate with Bazel?
3 tools on StackShare integrate with Bazel
What tools integrate with Gradle?
11 tools on StackShare integrate with Gradle
No integrations listed yet

What are some alternatives to Bazel, Gradle, and Pants?

  • Apache Maven - Apache build manager for Java projects.
  • Sonatype Nexus - The world's best way to organize, store, and distribute software components
  • Apache Ant - Java based build tool
  • JitPack - JitPack builds GitHub Gradle and Maven projects on demand and provides ready-to-use packages

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