There are a number of plugins included in the Gradle distribution. These are listed below.

Language plugins

These plugins add support for various languages which can be compiled for and executed in the JVM.

Plugin Id Automatically applies Description

java

java-base

Adds Java compilation, testing and bundling capabilities to a project. It serves as the basis for many of the other Gradle plugins. See also this tutorial on Java projects.

groovy

java, groovy-base

Adds support for building Groovy projects. See also this tutorial for Groovy projects.

scala

java, scala-base

Adds support for building Scala projects.

antlr

java

Adds support for generating parsers using Antlr.

Incubating language plugins

These plugins add support for various languages:

Plugin Id Automatically applies Description

assembler

-

Adds native assembly language capabilities to a project.

c

-

Adds C source compilation capabilities to a project.

cpp

-

Adds C++ source compilation capabilities to a project.

objective-c

-

Adds Objective-C source compilation capabilities to a project.

objective-cpp

-

Adds Objective-C++ source compilation capabilities to a project.

windows-resources

-

Adds support for including Windows resources in native binaries.

Integration plugins

These plugins provide some integration with various runtime technologies.

Plugin Id Automatically applies Works with Description

application

java, distribution

-

Adds tasks for running and bundling a Java project as a command-line application.

ear

-

java

Adds support for building J2EE applications.

ivy-publish

-

application, distribution, java, war

Provides a new DSL to support publishing artifacts to Ivy repositories, which improves on the existing DSL.

maven-publish

-

application, distribution, java, war

Provides a new DSL to support publishing artifacts to Maven repositories, which improves on the existing DSL.

maven

-

java, war

Adds support for publishing artifacts to Maven repositories using the original publishing mechanism available in Gradle 1.0. See also Legacy Publishing.

osgi

java-base

java

Adds support for building OSGi bundles.

war

java

-

Adds support for assembling web application WAR files.

Incubating integration plugins

These plugins provide some integration with various runtime technologies.

Plugin Id Automatically applies Description

distribution

-

Adds support for building ZIP and TAR distributions.

java-library-distribution

java, distribution

Adds support for building ZIP and TAR distributions for a Java library.

Software development plugins

These plugins provide help with your software development process.

Plugin Id Automatically applies Works with Description

announce

-

-

Publish messages to your favourite platforms, such as Twitter or Growl.

build-announcements

announce

-

Sends local announcements to your desktop about interesting events in the build lifecycle.

checkstyle

java-base

-

Performs quality checks on your project’s Java source files using Checkstyle and generates reports from these checks.

codenarc

groovy-base

-

Performs quality checks on your project’s Groovy source files using CodeNarc and generates reports from these checks.

eclipse

-

java,groovy, scala

Generates files that are used by Eclipse IDE, thus making it possible to import the project into Eclipse. See also this tutorial for Java projects.

eclipse-wtp

-

ear, war

Does the same as the eclipse plugin plus generates eclipse WTP (Web Tools Platform) configuration files. After importing to eclipse your war/ear projects should be configured to work with WTP. See also this tutorial for Java projects.

findbugs

java-base

-

Performs quality checks on your project’s Java source files using FindBugs and generates reports from these checks.

idea

-

java

Generates files that are used by Intellij IDEA IDE, thus making it possible to import the project into IDEA.

jdepend

java-base

-

Performs quality checks on your project’s source files using JDepend and generates reports from these checks.

pmd

java-base

-

Performs quality checks on your project’s Java source files using PMD and generates reports from these checks.

project-report

reporting-base

-

Generates reports containing useful information about your Gradle build.

signing

base

-

Adds the ability to digitally sign built files and artifacts.

Incubating software development plugins

These plugins provide help with your software development process.

Table 1. Software development plugins
Plugin Id Automatically applies Works with Description

build-dashboard

reporting-base

-

Generates build dashboard report.

cunit

-

-

Adds support for running CUnit tests.

jacoco

reporting-base

java

Provides integration with the JaCoCo code coverage library for Java.

visual-studio

-

native language plugins

Adds integration with Visual Studio.

java-gradle-plugin

java

Assists with development of Gradle plugins by providing standard plugin build configuration and validation.

Base plugins

These plugins form the basic building blocks which the other plugins are assembled from. They are available for you to use in your build files, and are listed here for completeness. However, be aware that they are not yet considered part of Gradle’s public API. As such, these plugins are not documented in the user guide. You might refer to their API documentation to learn more about them.

Plugin Id Description

base

Adds the standard lifecycle tasks and configures reasonable defaults for the archive tasks. See Base Plugin.

java-base

Adds the source sets concept to the project. Does not add any particular source sets.

groovy-base

Adds the Groovy source sets concept to the project.

scala-base

Adds the Scala source sets concept to the project.

reporting-base

Adds some shared convention properties to the project, relating to report generation.

Third party plugins

You can find a list of external plugins at the Gradle Plugins site.