Gradle is an open-source build automation tool focused on flexibility and performances. It builds upon the concepts of Apache Ant and Apache Maven and introduces a Groovy-based domain-specific language (DSL) instead of the XML form used by Apache Maven for declaring the project configuration.

Gradle was designed for multi-project builds, which can grow to be quite large. It supports incremental builds by intelligently determining which parts of the build tree are up to date; any task dependent only on those parts does not need to be re-executed. Below are some of the best features of Gradle:

  • Highly customizable — Gradle is modelled in a way that customizable and extensible in the most fundamental ways.

  • Fast — Gradle completes tasks quickly by reusing outputs from previous executions, processing only inputs that changed, and executing tasks in parallel.

  • Powerful — Gradle is the official build tool for Android, and comes with support for many popular languages and technologies.

In this guide, we will explain how to install Gradle on a CentOS 8 server.

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Updating System Packages
It is always recommended that you update the system to the latest packages before beginning any major installations. This is done with the command below:

sudo dnf update

Prerequisites: Gradle requires a Java JDK version 7 or higher to run. You can check here on how to install Java on CentOS 7 if you don't have it installed. To check the version of Java that is currently set as the default, issue the command below:

java -version

Step 1: Download and install Gradle
As at the time of writing this guide, the current Gradle release is version 6.4. The distribution zip file comes in two flavours: Binary-only and Complete (all with docs and sources). We are going to download and install the Binary-only flavour for the purpose of this guide.


Step 2: Unpack the distribution

  • Create a directory for the Gradle installation

    sudo mkdir /opt/gradle

Extract the downloaded archive using the command below:

unzip -d /opt/gradle
  • You can view the contents of the directory using the command below:

    ls /opt/gradle/gradle-6.4

Step 3: Configure your system environment
For running Gradle, firstly add the environment variable GRADLE_HOME. This should point to the unpacked files from the Gradle website (the directory of the unzipped distribution)

export PATH=$PATH:/opt/gradle/gradle-6.4/bin

This is done in order for Gradle to be executable anywhere on the system.

Step 4: Verifying installation
Issue the command below to run Gradle and display the version

gradle -v

You have successfully completed the Gradle installation.