Ant is an open-source Java-based build tool. The configuration files are XML-based, calling out a target tree where various tasks get executed. Each task is run by an object that implements a particular Task interface.

The binary distribution of Ant includes the latest version of the Apache Xerces2 XML parser. Ant is distributed at no charge for commercial or non-commercial use. For more information read the LICENSE file.

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Installing Ant 1.7.1


Operating system used
Windows Vista Home Premium SP 1

Software prerequisites
Java 2 Standard Edition (J2SE) SDK, version 1.2 or higher.

  1. Download and unzip

  2. Set the ANT_HOME System environment variable to the directory where you installed Ant.
    e.g.: ANT_HOME=C:\Tools\apache-ant-1.7.1
    Set the JAVA_HOME environment variable. This should be set to the directory where your JDK is installed.
    e.g.: JAVA_HOME=C:\tools\Java\jdk1.6.0_07

    Set system environment variables

  3. Add the bin directory to your path.
    e.g.: PATH=%PATH%;%ANT_HOME%\bin

  4. The classpath for Ant must not be set.

  5. To check if Ant is installed correctly, type: ant -version
    You should see:
    Apache Ant version 1.7.1 compiled on June 27 2008