Gradle Enterprise Support for the

Gradle Build Tool

For Gradle Build Tool users, Gradle Enterprise can accelerate feedback cycle times and make troubleshooting Gradle builds more efficient by leveraging the most advanced build and test performance acceleration and analytic technologies.

Key Gradle Enterprise Benefits for Gradle Build Tool Users

The key strategic benefits of leveraging Gradle Enterprise include the ability to:

Extend the power of the Gradle Build Tool with support for build and test feedback-cycle acceleration; more efficient troubleshooting; improved build, test, and toolchain reliability; and better CI resource efficiency and cost management.

Make developer happiness a competitive advantage in the race to attract and retain talent. Achieve this by ensuring that developers spend more time being creative and writing great code, rather than getting bogged down waiting for builds and tests to complete and troubleshooting problems.

Bring observability to build and test outcomes and share results with colleagues and management stakeholders. Gradle Enterprise observes performance and failure trends to foster proactive interventions, continuous improvement, and management visibility and reporting.

3 Things you should know about the Gradle Build Tool

  1. Gradle Build Tool is the most popular build tool for new open source JVM projects on GitHub. Users download it, on average, about 30 million times per month and has been counted in the “Top 20 Most Popular Open-Source Projects for IT” by TechCrunch.
  2. Many of the most successful open-source projects use Gradle Build Tool in combination with Gradle Enterprise. Prominent examples include Spring, JUnit, and Kotlin. Visit OSS Projects Revved up by Gradle Enterprise to explore all live instances of Gradle Enterprise running at popular OSS project sites.
  3. Gradle Build Tool is the default build tool for Android Studio, which is the official integrated development environment (IDE) for Google’s Android operating system.

Frequency Asked Questions

  1. Is Gradle Enterprise the commercial version of Gradle Build Tool?

    No. Gradle Enterprise is an open commercial platform that improves developer productivity by augmenting Gradle, Maven, and Bazel build tools with performance acceleration and analytic technologies. These technologies speed up build and test feedback cycles and make troubleshooting, continuous improvement efforts, and related collaboration more efficient.
  2. Specifically, what are the functionality differences between Gradle Build Tool and Gradle Enterprise?

    Gradle Enterprise complements the Gradle Build Tool with additional performance acceleration technologies beyond Build Cache. These technologies ensure that:

    Further, Gradle Enterprise build and test Failure Analytics and trend observability (Trends & Insights), ensure that developers can surface systemic issues before they become significant problems. Note: The FREE Build Scan™ service is available to Gradle Build Tool users to troubleshoot individual builds more efficiently. However, Gradle Enterprise Build Scan is required to use powerful features like Build Scan comparisons and to make your scans private.

    Summary: Gradle Build Tool & Gradle Enterprise Functionality Differences

    Gradle Build Tool Gradle Enterprise
    Build Cache
    Build Scan™ Limited free service available separately
    Predictive Test Selection *
    Test Distribution *
    Performance Continuity
    Build Failure Analytics
    Test Failure Analytics *
    Trends & Insights
    * Gradle Extension products are priced separately and are not part of the Gradle Enterprise Core
  3. Why do I need Gradle Enterprise since Gradle Build Tool includes Build Cache and I can use the free Build Scan service?

    • Yes, you can use the out-of-box Gradle Build Cache, and in most cases, you will see a dramatic increase in build and test speed. However, you will not be able to optimize your cache performance to the maximum achievable and ensure performance continuity over time without the performance diagnostic and reporting capabilities of Gradle Enterprise. Further, Gradle Enterprise makes it much easier to:
      • Monitor the health of remote cache nodes
      • Deploy and secure additional cache nodes
      • Query the cache for specific entries
    • There are several significant advantages to using the Gradle Enterprise Build Scan service, including support for Build Scan comparisons and Build Scan privacy (i.e., ability to run Build Scans inside your secure network). You can see the complete feature comparison matrix between the free Build Scan service and Gradle Enterprise Build Scan here.
    • As the table above indicates, Gradle Enterprise supports several capabilities not available with the Gradle Build Tool including Predictive Test Selection, Test Distribution, Performance Continuity, Build Failure Analytics, Test Failure Analytics, and Trends & Insights.
  4. Do I need to migrate to the Gradle Build Tool to take advantage of Gradle Enterprise?

    No. Gradle Enterprise is a build tool-agnostic platform that currently supports Gradle, Maven, and Bazel build systems. We built this open commercial platform because we believe that the build tool market is, and will continue to be, fragmented within and across language ecosystems and within most large corporations.
    This presented an opportunity to create a common commercial acceleration and analytics platform for Developer Productivity Engineering independent of any single build tool. The platform also provides a unified approach to delivering DPE benefits across an organization.
    Nevertheless, many organizations have seen advantages in migrating from Maven to the more modern Gradle Build Tool. The Spring Boot project is a prominent example. Andy Wilkinson (Staff  Engineer at VMware, Spring Boot) discusses the decision to migrate and the results in this venerable blog

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