Apache Ant.


Build a project with default build file build.xml

$ ant

Build a project using build file other than build.xml
$ ant -f [buildfile.xml]

Print information on possible targets for this project
$ ant -p

Print debugging information
$ ant -d

Execute all targets that do not depend on fail target(s)
$ ant -k




Like make ant is a tool by which projects can be build. But unlike it, ant is based on Java which means it will run on every platform for which a Java Virtual Machine is available. This makes it a great tool for building Java software.

By default it takes information from build.xml which describes the targets.

-help, -h

print help on the command line options

-projecthelp, -p

print project help information


print the version information


print information that might be helpful to diagnose or report problems

-quiet, -q

be extra quiet

-silent, -S

print nothing but task outputs and build failures

-verbose, -v

be extra verbose

-debug, -d

print debugging information

-emacs, -e

produce logging information without adornments

-lib <path>

specifies a path to search for jars and classes

-logfile <file>

use the given file to output log to

-logger <classname>

use the given class to perform logging

-listener <classname>

add an instance of the given class as a project listener


do not allow interactive input

-buildfile, -file, -f <file>

use the given buildfile instead of the default build.xml file. This is the ant equivalent of Makefile


use value for the given property

-keep-going, -k

execute all targets that do not depend on failed target(s)

-propertyfile <name>

load all properties from file with -D properties taking precedence

-inputhandler <class>

the class which will handle input requests

-find, -s <file>

search for buildfile towards the root of the filesystem and use it

-nice <number>

A niceness value for the main thread: 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest); 5 is the default


Run ant without using the jar files from ${user.home}/.ant/lib


Run ant without using CLASSPATH


Java 5 or later : use the OS proxy settings

-main <class>

Override Ant's normal entry point


make(1) mvn(1)


This manpage is written by Egon Willighagen <>

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