This chapter provides the information you need to migrate your Gradle 5.x builds to Gradle 5.6.2. For migrating from Gradle 4.x, complete the 4.x to 5.0 guide first.

We recommend the following steps for all users:

  1. Try running gradle help --scan and view the deprecations view of the generated build scan.

    Deprecations View of a Gradle Build Scan

    This is so that you can see any deprecation warnings that apply to your build.

    Alternatively, you could run gradle help --warning-mode=all to see the deprecations in the console, though it may not report as much detailed information.

  2. Update your plugins.

    Some plugins will break with this new version of Gradle, for example because they use internal APIs that have been removed or changed. The previous step will help you identify potential problems by issuing deprecation warnings when a plugin does try to use a deprecated part of the API.

  3. Run gradle wrapper --gradle-version 5.6.2 to update the project to 5.6.2.

  4. Try to run the project and debug any errors using the Troubleshooting Guide.

Upgrading from 5.5 and earlier


BuildSrc usage in Gradle settings

Access to the buildSrc project and its dependencies in gradle settings scripts is now deprecated. This is due to plans to make initialization of gradle builds more efficient.

This will become an error in Gradle 6.0.

Changing the contents of ConfigurableFileCollection task properties after task starts execution

When a task property has type ConfigurableFileCollection, then the file collection referenced by the property will ignore changes made to the contents of the collection once the task starts execution. This has two benefits. Firstly, this prevents accidental changes to the property value during task execution which can cause Gradle up-to-date checks and build cache lookup using different values to those used by the task action. Secondly, this improves performance as Gradle can calculate the value once and cache the result.

This will become an error in Gradle 6.0.

Creating SignOperation instances

Creating SignOperation instances directly is now deprecated. Instead, the methods of SigningExtension should be used to create these instances.

This will become an error in Gradle 6.0.

Declaring an incremental task without outputs

Declaring an incremental task without declaring outputs is now deprecated. Declare file outputs or use TaskOutputs.upToDateWhen() instead.

This will become an error in Gradle 6.0.

WorkerExecutor.submit() is deprecated

The WorkerExecutor.submit() method is now deprecated. The new noIsolation(), classLoaderIsolation() and processIsolation() methods should now be used to submit work. See the userguide for more information on using these methods.

WorkerExecutor.submit() will be removed in Gradle 7.0.

Potential breaking changes

Task dependencies are honored for task @Input properties whose value is a Property

Previously, task dependencies would be ignored for task @Input properties of type Property<T>. These are now honored, so that it is possible to attach a task output property to a task @Input property.

This may introduce unexpected cycles in the task dependency graph, where the value of an output property is mapped to produce a value for an input property.

Declaring task dependencies using a file Provider that does not represent a task output

Previously, it was possible to pass Task.dependsOn() a Provider<File>, Provider<RegularFile> or Provider<Directory> instance that did not represent a task output. These providers would be silently ignored.

This is now an error because Gradle does not know how to build files that are not task outputs.

Note that it is still possible to to pass Task.dependsOn() a Provider that returns a file and that represents a task output, for example myTask.dependsOn(jar.archiveFile) or myTask.dependsOn(taskProvider.flatMap { it.outputDirectory }), when the Provider is an annotated @OutputFile or @OutputDirectory property of a task.

Setting Property value to null uses the property convention

Previously, calling Property.set(null) would always reset the value of the property to 'not defined'. Now, the convention that is associated with the property using the convention() method will be used to determine the value of the property.

Enhanced validation of names for publishing.publications and publishing.repositories

The repository and publication names are used to construct task names for publishing. It was possible to supply a name that would result in an invalid task name. Names for publications and repositories are now restricted to [A-Za-z0-9_\\-.]+.

Restricted Worker API classloader and process classpath

Gradle now prevents internal dependencies (like Guava) from leaking into the classpath used by Worker API actions. This fixes an issue where a worker needs to use a dependency that is also used by Gradle internally.

In previous releases, it was possible to rely on these leaked classes. Plugins relying on this behavior will now fail. To fix the plugin, the worker should explicitly include all required dependencies in its classpath.

Default PMD version upgraded to 6.15.0

The PMD plugin has been upgraded to use PMD version 6.15.0 instead of 6.8.0 by default.

Contributed by wreulicke

Configuration copies have unique names

Previously, all copies of a configuration always had the name <OriginConfigurationName>Copy. Now when creating multiple copies, each will have a unique name by adding an index starting from the second copy. (e.g. CompileOnlyCopy2)

Changed classpath filtering for Eclipse

Gradle 5.6 no longer supplies custom classpath attributes in the Eclipse model. Instead, it provides the attributes for Eclipse test sources. This change requires Buildship version 3.1.1 or later.

Embedded Kotlin upgraded to 1.3.41

Gradle Kotlin DSL scripts and Gradle Plugins authored using the kotlin-dsl plugin are now compiled using Kotlin 1.3.41.

Please see the Kotlin blog post and changelog for more information about the included changes.

The minimum supported Kotlin Gradle Plugin version is now 1.2.31. Previously it was 1.2.21.

Automatic capability conflict resolution

Previous versions of Gradle would automatically select, in case of capability conflicts, the module which has the highest capability version. Starting from 5.6, this is an opt-in behavior that can be activated using:

configurations.all {
   resolutionStrategy.capabilitiesResolution.all { selectHighestVersion() }

Disabled debug argument parsing in JavaExec

Gradle 5.6 introduced a new DSL element (JavaForkOptions.debugOptions(Action<JavaDebugOptions>)) to configure debug properties for forked Java processes. Due to this change, Gradle no longer parses debug-related JVM arguments. Consequently, JavaForkOptions.getDebu() no longer returns true if the -Xrunjdwp:transport=dt_socket,server=y,suspend=y,address=5005 or the -agentlib:jdwp=transport=dt_socket,server=y,suspend=y,address=5005 argument is specified to the process.

Upgrading from 5.4 and earlier



The built-in Play plugin has been deprecated and will be replaced by a new Play Framework plugin available from the plugin portal.

Build Comparison

The build comparison plugin has been deprecated and will be removed in the next major version of Gradle.

Build scans show much deeper insights into your build and you can use Gradle Enterprise to directly compare two build’s build-scans.

Potential breaking changes

User supplied Eclipse project names may be ignored on conflict

Project names configured via EclipseProject.setName(…​) were honored by Gradle and Buildship in all cases, even when the names caused conflicts and import/synchronization errors.

Gradle can now deduplicate these names if they conflict with other project names in an Eclipse workspace. This may lead to different Eclipse project names for projects with user-specified names.

The upcoming 3.1.1 version of Buildship is required to take advantage of this behavior.

Contributed by Christian Fränkel

Default JaCoCo version upgraded to 0.8.4

The JaCoCo plugin has been upgraded to use JaCoCo version 0.8.4 instead of 0.8.3 by default.

Contributed by Evgeny Mandrikov

Embedded Ant version upgraded to 1.9.14

The version of Ant distributed with Gradle has been upgraded to 1.9.14 from 1.9.13.

DependencyHandler now statically exposes ExtensionAware

This affects Kotlin DSL build scripts that make use of ExtensionAware extension members such as the extra properties accessor inside the dependencies {} block. The receiver for those members will no longer be the enclosing Project instance but the dependencies object itself, the innermost ExtensionAware conforming receiver. In order to address Project extra properties inside dependencies {} the receiver must be explicitly qualified i.e. project.extra instead of just extra. Affected extensions also include the<T>() and configure<T>(T.() → Unit).

Improved processing of dependency excludes

Previous versions of Gradle could, in some complex dependency graphs, have a wrong result or a randomized dependency order when lots of excludes were present. To mitigate this, the algorithm that computes exclusions has been rewritten. In some rare cases this may cause some differences in resolution, due to the correctness changes.

Improved classpath separation for worker processes

The system classpath for worker daemons started by the Worker API when using PROCESS isolation has been reduced to a minimum set of Gradle infrastructure. User code is still segregated into a separate classloader to isolate it from the Gradle runtime. This should be a transparent change for tasks using the worker API, but previous versions of Gradle mixed user code and Gradle internals in the worker process. Worker actions that rely on things like the java.class.path system property may be affected, since java.class.path now represents only the classpath of the Gradle internals.

Upgrading from 5.3 and earlier


Using custom local build cache implementations

Using a custom build cache implementation for the local build cache is now deprecated. The only allowed type will be DirectoryBuildCache going forward. There is no change in the support for using custom build cache implementations as the remote build cache.

Potential breaking changes

Use HTTPS when configuring Google Hosted Libraries via googleApis()

The Google Hosted Libraries URL accessible via JavaScriptRepositoriesExtension#GOOGLE_APIS_REPO_URL was changed to use the HTTPS protocol. The change also affect the Ivy repository configured via googleApis().

Upgrading from 5.2 and earlier

Potential breaking changes

Bug fixes in platform resolution

There was a bug from Gradle 5.0 to 5.2.1 (included) where enforced platforms would potentially include dependencies instead of constraints. This would happen whenever a POM file defined both dependencies and "constraints" (via <dependencyManagement>) and that you used enforcedPlatform. Gradle 5.3 fixes this bug, meaning that you might have differences in the resolution result if you relied on this broken behavior. Similarly, Gradle 5.3 will no longer try to download jars for platform and enforcedPlatform dependencies (as they should only bring in constraints).

Automatic target JVM version

If you apply any of the Java plugins, Gradle will now do its best to select dependencies which match the target compatibility of the module being compiled. What it means, in practice, is that if you have module A built for Java 8, and module B built for Java 8, then there’s no change. However if B is built for Java 9+, then it’s not binary compatible anymore, and Gradle would complain with an error message like the following:

Unable to find a matching variant of project :producer:
  - Variant 'apiElements' capability test:producer:unspecified:
      - Required org.gradle.dependency.bundling 'external' and found compatible value 'external'.
      - Required org.gradle.jvm.version '8' and found incompatible value '9'.
      - Required org.gradle.usage 'java-api' and found compatible value 'java-api-jars'.
  - Variant 'runtimeElements' capability test:producer:unspecified:
      - Required org.gradle.dependency.bundling 'external' and found compatible value 'external'.
      - Required org.gradle.jvm.version '8' and found incompatible value '9'.
      - Required org.gradle.usage 'java-api' and found compatible value 'java-runtime-jars'.

In general, this is a sign that your project is misconfigured and that your dependencies are not compatible. However, there are cases where you still may want to do this, for example when only a subset of classes of your module actually need the Java 9 dependencies, and are not intended to be used on earlier releases. Java in general doesn’t encourage you to do this (you should split your module instead), but if you face this problem, you can workaround by disabling this new behavior on the consumer side:

java {

Bug fix in Maven / Ivy interoperability with dependency substitution

If you have a Maven dependency pointing to an Ivy dependency where the default configuration dependencies do not match the compile + runtime + master ones and that Ivy dependency was substituted (using a resolutionStrategy.force, resolutionStrategy.eachDependency or resolutionStrategy.dependencySubstitution) then this fix will impact you. The legacy behaviour of Gradle, prior to 5.0, was still in place instead of being replaced by the changes introduced by improved pom support.

Gradle no longer ignores the followSymlink option on Windows for the clean task, all Delete tasks, and project.delete {} operations in the presence of junction points and symbolic links.

Fix in publication of additional artifacts

In previous Gradle versions, additional artifacts registered at the project level were not published by maven-publish or ivy-publish unless they were also added as artifacts in the publication configuration.

With Gradle 5.3, these artifacts are now properly accounted for and published.

This means that artifacts that are registered both on the project and the publication, Ivy or Maven, will cause publication to fail since it will create duplicate entries. The fix is to remove these artifacts from the publication configuration.

Upgrading from 5.0 and earlier


Follow the API links to learn how to deal with these deprecations (if no extra information is provided here):


Potential breaking changes

The following changes were not previously deprecated:

Signing API changes

Input and output files of Sign tasks are now tracked via Signature.getToSign() and Signature.getFile(), respectively.

Collection properties default to empty collection

In Gradle 5.0, the collection property instances created using ObjectFactory would have no value defined, requiring plugin authors to explicitly set an initial value. This proved to be awkward and error prone so ObjectFactory now returns instances with an empty collection as their initial value.

Worker API: working directory of a worker can no longer be set

Since JDK 11 no longer supports changing the working directory of a running process, setting the working directory of a worker via its fork options is now prohibited. All workers now use the same working directory to enable reuse. Please pass files and directories as arguments instead. See examples in the Worker API documentation.

Changes to native linking tasks

To expand our idiomatic Provider API practices, the install name property from org.gradle.nativeplatform.tasks.LinkSharedLibrary is affected by this change.

  • getInstallName() was changed to return a Property.

  • setInstallName(String) was removed. Use Property.set() instead.

Passing arguments to Windows Resource Compiler

To expand our idiomatic Provider API practices, the WindowsResourceCompile task has been converted to use the Provider API.

Passing additional compiler arguments now follow the same pattern as the CppCompile and other tasks.

Copied configuration no longer shares a list of beforeResolve actions with original

The list of beforeResolve actions are no longer shared between a copied configuration and the original. Instead, a copied configuration receives a copy of the beforeResolve actions at the time the copy is made. Any beforeResolve actions added after copying (to either configuration) will not be shared between the original and the copy. This may break plugins that relied on the previous behaviour.

Changes to incubating POM customization types

  • The type of has changed from Property<Map<String, String>> to MapProperty<String, String>.

  • The type of has changed from Property<Map<String, String>> to MapProperty<String, String>.

Changes to specifying operating system for native projects

The incubating operatingSystems property on native components has been replaced with the targetMachines property.

Change in behavior for tasks extending AbstractArchiveTask or subtypes (Zip, Jar, War, Ear, Tar)

The AbstractArchiveTask has several new properties using the Provider API. Plugins that extend these types and override methods from the base class may no longer behave the same way. Internally, AbstractArchiveTask prefers the new properties and methods like getArchiveName() are façades over the new properties.

If your plugin/build only uses these types (and does not extend them), nothing has changed.