Facilitates custom Gradle wrappers construction

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This plugin facilitates custom Gradle wrappers construction. For example, we can define common part which is shared through a custom Gradle distribution and have a terse end-project Gradle setup like this (this is a complete build.gradle file):

bootRun {
    main = 'com.mycompany.MyApplication'


Gradle scripts quite often contain duplicate parts, that’s especially true for micro-service architecture where there are many small servers and each of them has its own configuration.

One solution to that is putting common parts to a Gradle plugin. However, such extension would be specific to particular company and is unlikely going to the Gradle plugin repository (to allow shorthand access).
That means that it still would be necessary to have a setup like below in every project:

 buildscript {
     repositorirs {
         maven {
             url ''
         classpath 'com.mycompany:gradle-plugin:1.0.0'
 apply plugin: 'com.mycompany.gradle-plugin'


Gradle automatically applies init scripts from Gradle wrapper’s init.d directory. That’s why we can do the following:

  1. Fetch a ‘pure’ Gradle distribution of particular version
  2. Put our scripts with common logic into it’s init.d directory
  3. Store that modified Gradle distribution in our repository
  4. Reference that distribution from the Gradle Wrapper config in our projects


Configure Custom Distribution

  1. Create new Gradle project (an empty build.gradle)
  2. Register the plugin there:
     plugins {
         id 'tech.harmonysoft.oss.custom-gradle-dist-plugin' version '1.6'
  3. Specify target settings in the gradleDist {} block.
    mandatory settings:
    • gradleVersion - base Gradle wrapper version
    • customDistributionName - a unique identifier for the custom Gradle distribution
    • customDistributionVersion - custom distribution version

    optional settings:

    • gradleDistributionType - allows to specify base Gradle distribution type. ‘bin’ and ‘all’ are available, ‘bin’ is used by default
    • rootUrlMapper - a function which allows to build an url to the root base Gradle distribution path. This property is convenient in restricted environments where is unavailable. We can deploy target Gradle distribution to a server inside the private network and use it as a base for our custom Gradle distributions. The function receives the following arguments:
      • version - target base Gradle distribution version, e.g. 5.1
      • type - target base Gradle distribution type, e.g. bin

      Following implementation us used by default:
      return "$version-${type}.zip"

    Resulting build.gradle might look like below:

    plugins {
        id 'tech.harmonysoft.oss.custom-gradle-dist-plugin' version '1.6'
    gradleDist {
        gradleVersion = '4.10'
        customDistributionVersion = '1.0'
        customDistributionName = 'my-project'
  4. Define common setup to be included to the custom Gradle distribution in the project’s src/main/resources/init.d directory

    Note that the plugin supports simple text processing engine - it’s possible to put utility scripts to the src/main/resources/include. Their content is applied to files from src/main/resources/init.d using $utility-script-name$ syntax.

    For example we can have a file src/main/resources/init.d/setup.gradle:

     allprojects {

    and the following files in the src/main/resources/include directory:


     dependencies {
         compile 'com.fasterxml.jackson.core:jackson-core:$jackson-version$'
         compile 'com.fasterxml.jackson.module:jackson-module-kotlin:$jackson-version$'



    When custom Gradle distribution is created, its init.d directory has setup.gradle file with the following content then:

     allprojects {
         compile 'com.fasterxml.jackson.core:jackson-core:2.9.6'
         compile 'com.fasterxml.jackson.module:jackson-module-kotlin:2.9.6'  

    Note that text processing might be nested, i.e. files from src/main/resources/include might refer to another files from the same directory through the $file-name$ syntax.

    There is an alternative setup where we want to produce more than one Gradle wrapper distribution (e.g. ‘android’ and ‘server’). In this situation corresponding directories should be done in the src/main/resources/init.d:

      |__ main
          |__ resources
                  |__ init.d
                        |__ library
                        |      |__ android-setup.gradle
                        |__ server
                               |__ server-setup.gradle   

    Here is what we have after the build:

       |__ gradle-dist
  5. Build Gradle distribution(s)

     ./gradlew build

    The distribution(s) are located in the build/gradle-dist

Configure Client Project

Just define your custom Gradle wrapper’s location in the gradle/wrapper/ file:


Note About Applying Plugins

It’s quite possible that we would like to apply common plugins in init scripts, e.g. our projects are all java and we want to specify apply plugin: 'java' in the init script.

Unfortunately, there is a known old bug in Gradle that non-bundled plugins can’t be applied by id in init script.

A solution is to apply them by fully qualified class name.

E.g. given ‘normal’ plugins configuration:

apply plugin: 'org.jetbrains.kotlin.jvm'
apply plugin: 'org.springframework.boot'
apply plugin: 'io.spring.dependency-management'
apply plugin: "com.jfrog.artifactory"

We should configure them like below in init script:

allprojects {
    apply plugin: org.jetbrains.kotlin.gradle.plugin.KotlinPlatformJvmPlugin
    apply plugin: org.springframework.boot.gradle.plugin.SpringBootPlugin
    apply plugin: io.spring.gradle.dependencymanagement.DependencyManagementPlugin
    apply plugin: org.jfrog.gradle.plugin.artifactory.ArtifactoryPlugin


Complete working examples can be found here.


Release Notes.

The latest plugin version can be found here.

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