Gradle for Android
Gradle is a JVM-based build system that enables developers to write high-level scripts that can be used to automate the process of compilation and application production. It is a flexible plugin-based system, which allows you to automate various aspects of the build process; including compiling and signing a
.jar, downloading and managing external dependencies, injecting fields into the
AndroidManifest or utilising specific SDK versions.
apply plugin: The plugins which should been used normally just
android: The main configuration of your app
* `compileSdkVersion`: The compile SDK version * `buildToolsVersion`: The build tools version * `defaultConfig`: The default settings which can been overwritten by flavors and build types * `applicationId`: The application id you use e.g. in the PlayStore mostly the same as your package name * `minSdkVersion`: The minimal required SDK version * `targetSdkVersion`: The SDK version you compile against (should be always the newst one) * `versionCode`: The internal version number which needs to be bigger on each update * `versionName`: The version number the user can see in the app details page * `buildTypes`: See somewhere else (TODO)
dependencies: The maven or local dependencies of your app
compilea single dependency
testCompile: a dependency for the unit or integration tests
- The official gradle homepage
- How to configure gradle builds
- The android plugin for gradle
- Android Gradle DSL
Gradle for Android - Extended documentation:
There is another tag where you can find more topics and examples about the use of gradle in Android.