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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


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.

Krysalis Centipede

Krysalis Centipede is a project build system based on Apache Ant. Centipede uses pre-packaged modules called "cents" that it downloads and installs automatically. Cents can be used as Ant tasks or easy to use targets.

For example, Forrest is an XML standards oriented project documentation framework based on Apache Cocoon. In order to assist your projects adoption of this powerful documentation generation tool we have packaged it as a cent that will (optionally) be automatically downloaded, installed and used to build project documentation which includes output from other cents such as Javadoc, JDepend, Checkstyle and many others.

Compatibility: 1.4.1 an later
URL: http://krysalis.org/centipede/
Contact: mailing lists
License: The Krysalis Patchy Software License, based on and fully compatible with the Apache Software Foundation license


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


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

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.