The Gradle Wrapper (henceforth referred to as the “wrapper”) is the preferred way of starting a Gradle build. The wrapper is a batch script on Windows, and a shell script for other operating systems. When you start a Gradle build via the wrapper, Gradle will be automatically downloaded and used to run the build.
The wrapper is something you should check into version control. By distributing the wrapper with your project, anyone can work with it without needing to install Gradle beforehand. Even better, users of the build are guaranteed to use the version of Gradle that the build was designed to work with. Of course, this is also great for continuous integration servers (i.e. servers that regularly build your project) as it requires no configuration on the server.
You install the wrapper into your project by running the
wrapper task. (This task is always available, even if
you don't add it to your build). To specify a Gradle version use
--gradle-version on the command-line.
You can also set the URL to download Gradle from directly via
--gradle-distribution-url. If no version or distribution
URL is specified, the wrapper will be configured to use the gradle version the wrapper task is executed with.
So if you run the wrapper task with Gradle 2.4 and the wrapper configuration will default to Gradle 2.4.
Example 62.1. Running the wrapper task
gradle wrapper --gradle-version 2.0
> gradle wrapper --gradle-version 2.0 :wrapper BUILD SUCCESSFUL Total time: 1 secs
The wrapper can be further customized by adding and configuring a
task in your build script, and then executing it.
After such an execution you find the following new or updated files in your project directory (in case the default configuration of the wrapper task is used).
Example 62.3. Wrapper generated files
simple/ gradlew gradlew.bat gradle/wrapper/ gradle-wrapper.jar gradle-wrapper.properties
All of these files should be submitted to your version control system. This only needs to be done once. After these files have been added to the project, the project should then be built with the added gradlew command. The gradlew command can be used exactly the same way as the gradle command.
If you want to switch to a new version of Gradle you don't need to rerun the wrapper task. It is good enough
to change the respective entry in the
gradle-wrapper.properties file, but if you want to take
advantage of new functionality in the Gradle wrapper, then you would need to regenerate the wrapper files.
If you run Gradle with gradlew, the wrapper checks if a Gradle distribution for the wrapper is available. If so, it delegates to the gradle command of this distribution with all the arguments passed originally to the gradlew command. If it didn't find a Gradle distribution, it will download it first.
When you configure the
Wrapper task, you can specify the Gradle version you wish to use. The gradlew
command will download the appropriate distribution from the Gradle repository.
Alternatively, you can specify the download URL of the Gradle distribution. The gradlew command will use this URL to download
If you specified neither a Gradle version nor download URL, the gradlew command will download whichever version
of Gradle was used to generate the wrapper files.
For the details on how to configure the wrapper, see the
Wrapper class in the API documentation.
If you don't want any download to happen when your project is built via gradlew, simply add the Gradle
distribution zip to your version control at the location specified by your wrapper configuration.
A relative URL is supported - you can specify a distribution file relative to the location of
If you build via the wrapper, any existing Gradle distribution installed on the machine is ignored.