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AndroMDA is a code generator tool that follows the Model Driven Architecture (MDA) paradigm. It takes a UML model from a CASE-tool and generates classes and deployable components (J2EE or other) specific for your application architecture.

Compatibility: 1.4.1 and above
URL: http://www.AndroMDA.org/
Contact: project mailing lists
License: BSD license


The Ant-Contrib project is a collection of user supplied task (like an <if> task) and a development playground for experimental tasks like a C/C++ compilation task for different compilers.

Compatibility: 1.4.1 and above
URL: http://ant-contrib.sourceforge.net/
Contact: project mailing list
License: Apache Software Foundation License


A GUI for running Ant and editing build files, can run as stand-alone or as a plugin to jEdit. In addition to running targets, Antelope can generate performance statistics and can trace/display a target's execution path without actually executing the target.

Includes several additional tasks: Assert, If/Else, Try/Catch/Finally, Switch, Variable, Stopwatch, Limit, Math, Post, SSH, SCP, AntFetch, AntCallBack.

Compatibility: Ant 1.5 and higher.
URL: http://antelope.tigris.org/
Contact: Dale Anson
License: Apache Software Foundation License


Anthill is a build tool that promotes a controlled build process by ensuring that every build reflects the source repository contents and tagging the repository with a unique build number after every build. Anthill also encourages the sharing of knowledge within an organization by automatically updating a project intranet site with artifacts from the latest build.

Compatibility: bundles Ant 1.3, is compatible with Ant 1.3 to 1.4.1
URL: http://www.urbancode.com/projects/anthill/
Contact: Maciej Zawadzki
License: Mozilla-like license


Antigen (Ant Installer Generator) is a tool to take an Ant build script, combine it with a GUI and wrap it up as an executable jar file. Its main use is for creating graphical, ant-based installers.

Compatibility: bundles Ant 1.6.2
URL: http://antigen.sourceforge.net/
Contact: Jon Tayler
License: Academic Free License


Builds MSI style installers (with command line option) using Ant as Back end. UI developed by writing an XML install descriptor. Runtime launched from scripts or an all inclusive Jar.

Compatibility: Ant 1.6.1 others not tested
URL: http://antinstaller.sf.net/
Contact: teknopaul@users.sourceforge.net
License: LGPL but in the process of of moving to Apache2.0 on request


The Antlion Project adds value to Ant build scripts by providing tasks which centralizes the library dependencies, and enables projects to define dependencies upon other projects.

External dependencies may be loaded from a custom local repository or Maven-like remote repositories. Antlion handles the generation of properties, filesets, and paths.

Inter-project dependencies allow for building the other project's files if they aren't already built.

Compatibility: Ant 1.6 and later
URL: http://antlion.sourceforge.net/
Contact: Project mailing list
License: Apache License, Version 2.0


The antworks project is a set of tools and standardized targets that greatly simplifies using ant in your project.

The driver behind antworks is Importer. Importer is an extension to the ant import task that will download and cache an ant build.xml file and it's associated resources called antlets. Antlets are available for Java compiling and packaging, JUnit, Forrest, J2EE and more.

See the Getting Started guide for more information.

Compatibility: 1.6 and later
URL: http://antworks.sourceforge.net/index.html
Contact: Antworks Developers mailing lists
License: The Apache License 2.0


BuildMonkey is a Web-based automated build dashboard, with upload capability and google web search. It schedules the running of Ant build scripts - checking sources out of CM - and makes the results available centrally.

Compatibility: Ant 1.5.4 or later
URL: http://www.buildmonkey.com/
Contact: jb@buildmonkey.com
License: Freeware, commercial/support licences available


CruiseControl is a tool for setting up a continuous build process. CruiseControl provides an Ant wrapper and a set of tasks to automate the checkout/build/test cycle. CruiseControl also comes bundled with a servlet for viewing the status of the current build, as well as previous build results.

Compatibility: Ant 1.2 and higher
URL: http://cruisecontrol.sourceforge.net/
Contact: Project Mailing Lists and Administrators
License: Release 1.0 has been licensed under the GNU General Public License. Starting with release 1.1 the license has been changed to a BSD-like license.


Invicta is a build management tool. Using simple project definition files, it generates powerful build scripts (such as ANT) while hiding their complexity. Invicta is a modular framework that allows developing additional components and output types.

Compatibility: Ant 1.5 and higher
URL: http://invicta.sf.net/
Contact: Project Mailing Lists and Administrators
License: LGPL.

JAM - JavaGen Ant Modules

JAM is a modular Ant toolkit for developing and testing Java/J2EE applications. JAM supports EJB and Servlet/JSP development using XDoclet, JUnit, Cactus, Maven, Castor and MDA/UML code generation on various J2EE servers including JBoss.

Compatibility: Ant 1.6
URL: http://www.javagen.com/jam.jsp
Contact: Feedback
Bug Reports
License: GPL

Krysalis Centipede

The Centipede admin told us, that that project "is no more" and that "Antworks has taken it place."


Leafcutter is an API which allows you to execute Ant tasks from Java code.
Leafcutter is useful as:

Compatibility: unknown
URL: https://leafcutter.dev.java.net/
Contact: Discussion Forum
License: Apache Software Foundation License


Luntbuild is an open source build automation and management tool based on Apache Ant. Builds are setup through concepts of projects, views, schedules, modules, etc. All configurations and monitoring tasks is performed from a clean web interface. It supports schedules builds, force builds, rebuilds, clean build, increment build, etc.

Compatibility: Ant 1.x
URL: http://www.sourceforge.net/projects/luntbuild/
Contact: luntbuild project page
License: Opensource


NAnt is a .NET based build tool. In theory it is kind of like make without make's wrinkles. In practice it's a lot like Ant.

Compatibility: compatible in spirit.
URL: http://nant.sourceforge.net/
Contact: project mailing list
License: GNU General Public License


Parabuild is an automated multiplatform build management server. Parabuild helps software teams and organizations of all sizes reduce risks of project failures and increase productivity by providing provides automatic continuous integration builds and stable scheduled builds.

Compatibility: Ant 1.3 and later
URL: http://www.viewtier.com/products/parabuild.htm
Contact: http://www.viewtier.com/about_us.htm
License: Commercial


Rant stands for Remote Ant. It is a distributed build system that allows an Ant build file to launch builds on other systems and receive exceptions should they occur.

Compatibility: Ant 1.4
URL: http://sourceforge.net/projects/remoteant/
Contact: Chris Nelson
License: MIT License


Savant helps simplify builds and codebases by handling the resolution of project dependencies automatically. Savant supports Maven style dependency downloads and various other methods of retrieving dependencies, including fetching files from CVS modules. Savant goes a step further than other dependency solutions and provides the means for multiple internal projects to build each other in order to resolve inter-project dependencies.

Savant can be used via various Ant types and tasks as well as used from any Java application including those that do not make use of Ant.

Compatibility: Ant 1.6.1
URL: http://www.inversoft.com/
Contact: http://www.inversoft.com/contact.html
License: LGPL


WebTest is a free open source tool for automated testing of web applications. It is a set of powerful Ant tasks allowing to call web pages, mimic user actions (clicking links, filling forms, ...) and verify the results. The generated reports give comprehensive information on success and failure of the test steps.

Compatibility: Ant 1.6.5
URL: http://webtest.canoo.com/
Contact: project mailing list
License: Apache like license

XML Publication

XML Publication is a set of tools to generate Web pages from desktop documents or other structured documents using XSLT and Ant.

Compatibility: Ant 1.4
URL: http://XMLpublication.org/
Contact: Jean-Marc Vanel
License: GNU General Public License.


yEd is a freeware multi-purpose graph and diagram editor that runs on the Java 2 platform. It provides an import filter for Ant build scripts that makes it possible to conveniently display and browse the dependencies between the different targets of the build file. This is especially useful for debugging and understanding large build files.

Compatibility: Ant 1.x
URL: http://www.yworks.com/products/yed/
Contact: yWorks Support
License: Freeware