Ant Alternatives

    Ant is described as 'Apache Ant is an Open Source Java-based build tool (for software development). It uses XML files to describe, structure and control the build process' and is an app in the Development category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Ant for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Windows, Mac, BSD and Android. The best alternative is CMake, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Ant are GNU Make (Free, Open Source), Ninja Build (Free, Open Source), SCons (Free, Open Source) and Maven (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jul 8, 2020

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Haiku
      CMake is a family of tools designed to build, test and package software. CMake is used to control the software compilation process using simple platform and compiler independent configuration files.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • Cygwin
      Make is a tool which controls the generation of executables and other non-source files of a program from the program's source files.
      No screenshots yet


    1. Ninja is a small build system with a focus on speed. It differs from other build systems in two major respects: it is designed to have its input files generated by a higher-level build system, and it is designed to run builds as fast as possible.
      No screenshots yet
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      SCons is an Open Source software construction tool—that is, a next-generation build tool. Think of SCons as an improved, cross-platform substitute for the classic Make utility with integrated functionality similar to autoconf/automake and compiler caches such as ccache.
      No screenshots yet
    2. Apache Maven is a Java-based tool for build automation and project management (in software development). It is centered around a Project Object Model (POM) described in a XML file that describes the project structure and its dependencies to other components and libraries.


      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      Gradle is build automation evolved. Gradle can automate the building, testing, publishing, deployment and more of software packages or other types of projects such as generated static websites, generated documentation or indeed anything else.
      No screenshots yet
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      Powerfully simple build configuration
      No screenshots yet
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Linux
      Buck is a build system developed and used by Facebook. It encourages the creation of small, reusable modules consisting of code and resources, and supports a variety of languages on many platforms.
    3. GNU Autoconf is a tool for producing configure scripts for building, installing and packaging software on computer systems where a Bourne shell is available.
    4. Embedthis MakeMe is a modern replacement for make and autoconf. It manages the building of programs and products by direct compilation and the generation of IDE projects and Makefiles.
    Showing 10 of 30 alternatives