Gradle Build Tool

gradle Gradle Build Tool is a fast, dependable, and adaptable open-source build automation tool with an elegant and extensible declarative build language.

In this User Manual, Gradle Build Tool is abbreviated Gradle.

Why Gradle?

Gradle is a widely used and mature tool with an active community and a strong developer ecosystem.

  • Gradle is the most popular build system for the JVM and is the default system for Android and Kotlin Multi-Platform projects. It has a rich community plugin ecosystem.

  • Gradle can automate a wide range of software build scenarios using either its built-in functionality, third-party plugins, or custom build logic.

  • Gradle provides a high-level, declarative, and expressive build language that makes it easy to read and write build logic.

  • Gradle is fast, scalable, and can build projects of any size and complexity.

  • Gradle produces dependable results while benefiting from optimizations such as incremental builds, build caching, and parallel execution.

Gradle, Inc. provides a free service called Build Scan® that provides extensive information and insights about your builds. You can view scans to identify problems or share them for debugging help.

Supported Languages and Frameworks

Gradle supports Android, Java, Kotlin Multiplatform, Groovy, Scala, Javascript, and C/C++.

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Compatible IDEs

All major IDEs support Gradle, including Android Studio, IntelliJ IDEA, Visual Studio Code, Eclipse, and NetBeans.

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You can also invoke Gradle via its command-line interface (CLI) in your terminal or through your continuous integration (CI) server.


The Gradle User Manual is the official documentation for the Gradle Build Tool.

  • Getting Started TutorialLearn Gradle basics and the benefits of building your App with Gradle.

  • Training Courses — Head over to the courses page to sign up for free Gradle training.


  • Forum — The fastest way to get help is through the Gradle Forum.

  • Slack — Community members and core contributors answer questions directly on our Slack Channel.


Gradle Build Tool source code is open and licensed under the Apache License 2.0. Gradle user manual and DSL reference manual are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.