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Gradle vs Packer: What are the differences?

Developers describe Gradle as "A powerful build system for the JVM". 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. On the other hand, Packer is detailed as "Create identical machine images for multiple platforms from a single source configuration". Packer automates the creation of any type of machine image. It embraces modern configuration management by encouraging you to use automated scripts to install and configure the software within your Packer-made images.

Gradle can be classified as a tool in the "Java Build Tools" category, while Packer is grouped under "Infrastructure Build Tools".

Some of the features offered by Gradle are:

  • Declarative builds and build-by-convention
  • Language for dependency based programming
  • Structure your build

On the other hand, Packer provides the following key features:

  • Super fast infrastructure deployment. Packer images allow you to launch completely provisioned and configured machines in seconds, rather than several minutes or hours.
  • Multi-provider portability. Because Packer creates identical images for multiple platforms, you can run production in AWS, staging/QA in a private cloud like OpenStack, and development in desktop virtualization solutions such as VMware or VirtualBox.
  • Improved stability. Packer installs and configures all the software for a machine at the time the image is built. If there are bugs in these scripts, they'll be caught early, rather than several minutes after a machine is launched.

"Flexibility" is the top reason why over 106 developers like Gradle, while over 24 developers mention "Cross platform builds" as the leading cause for choosing Packer.

Gradle and Packer are both open source tools. It seems that Gradle with 9.23K GitHub stars and 2.7K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Packer with 9.1K GitHub stars and 2.47K GitHub forks.

Netflix, Lyft, and 9GAG are some of the popular companies that use Gradle, whereas Packer is used by Instacart, Oscar Health, and Razorpay. Gradle has a broader approval, being mentioned in 465 company stacks & 360 developers stacks; compared to Packer, which is listed in 115 company stacks and 21 developer stacks.

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 Packer?

Packer automates the creation of any type of machine image. It embraces modern configuration management by encouraging you to use automated scripts to install and configure the software within your Packer-made images.
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    What are some alternatives to Gradle and Packer?
    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.
    Jenkins
    In a nutshell Jenkins CI is the leading open-source continuous integration server. Built with Java, it provides over 300 plugins to support building and testing virtually any project.
    Groovy
    Groovy builds upon the strengths of Java but has additional power features inspired by languages like Python, Ruby and Smalltalk. It makes modern programming features available to Java developers with almost-zero learning curve.
    Apache Maven
    Maven allows a project to build using its project object model (POM) and a set of plugins that are shared by all projects using Maven, providing a uniform build system. Once you familiarize yourself with how one Maven project builds you automatically know how all Maven projects build saving you immense amounts of time when trying to navigate many projects.
    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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    Giovanni Candido da Silva uses GradleGradle

    The main build tool. Integrate and delegate build to NodeJS in the client application, and build the server, its used for development productivity and production optimisations and quality. Automate all machine scripts and build things from dev to continuous integration to production

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    Cirrus Labs uses GradleGradle

    All 20+ micro-services that power Cirrus CI are living in a single mono repository. Gradle is using for testing and building Docker containers for all services.

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    Kang Hyeon Ku uses GradleGradle

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    Refractal uses GradleGradle

    Gradle is used generally as our Android build tool, simplifying dependencies and general build process dramatically.

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    claudiofus uses GradleGradle

    Accelerate developer productivity. Gradle helps teams build, automate and deliver better software, faster.

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    Bob P uses PackerPacker

    Packer makes it easy to setup custom images to import into vagrant.

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    Zinc uses PackerPacker

    We use Packer to build our Base AMIs.

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    Endource uses PackerPacker

    Application deployment packages

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    Go Furuya uses PackerPacker

    To make the "Golden Image"

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    Scott Miller uses PackerPacker

    Used for packing AMIs

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