Gradle Release Notes

Version 6.9-rc-1

This is a backport release, Gradle 6.9-rc-1.

This release features bugfixes and other changes that were backported from Gradle 7.0 to Gradle 6.x.

We would like to thank the following community contributors to this release of Gradle: Ståle Undheim

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Upgrade instructions

Switch your build to use Gradle 6.9-rc-1 by updating your wrapper:

./gradlew wrapper --gradle-version=6.9-rc-1

See the Gradle 6.x upgrade guide to learn about deprecations, breaking changes and other considerations when upgrading to Gradle 6.9-rc-1.

For Java, Groovy, Kotlin and Android compatibility, see the full compatibility notes.


Limited support for Java 16

This release does not support running Gradle with JDK 16, but you can use Java toolchains to request Java 16 and compile your project.

Using dynamic versions in the plugins block

Until now, the plugins { } block only supported fixed versions for community plugins. All version string notations Gradle supports are now accepted, including + or latest.release.

We recommend using the plugins {} block for applying plugins using Gradle 7. The old apply plugin: mechanism will be deprecated in the future.

Note that dynamic versions will introduce non-deterministic behavior to your build process and should be used judiciously. You can use dependency locking to save the set of dependencies resolved when using dynamic versions.

Native support for Apple Silicon

Previous Gradle versions were able to run on new Macs with Apple Silicon processors with some disadvantages:

With this release, every feature is now supported using a native ARM JDK. If you're using a new Mac with Apple Silicon, you should use Gradle with a native ARM JDK for optimal performance.

Other backports

Please refer to the list below for all issues backported from Gradle 7.0.

Fixed issues

Known issues

Known issues are problems that were discovered post release that are directly related to changes made in this release.

External contributions

We love getting contributions from the Gradle community. For information on contributing, please see

Reporting Problems

If you find a problem with this release, please file a bug on GitHub Issues adhering to our issue guidelines. If you're not sure you're encountering a bug, please use the forum.

We hope you will build happiness with Gradle, and we look forward to your feedback via Twitter or on GitHub.