IntelliJ IDEA 2019.2 Help

Gradle tasks

IntelliJ IDEA lets you run, debug and manage Gradle tasks in your project.

Run Gradle tasks

You can use several ways to run Gradle tasks such as run them from the Run Anything window, with a run configuration, from a context menu, and even run several tasks with one run configuration.

Run a Gradle task in the Run Anything window

  1. In the Gradle tool window, on the toolbar, click Execute Gradle task. Alternatively, press Ctrl twice to open the Run Anything window.

  2. In the Run Anything window, start typing a name of the task you want to execute. To execute several tasks, enter task names using space to separate each new task. Alternatively, scroll down to the Gradle tasks section and select the task you need. Press Enter.

    Enter a task name
    If you have linked projects, then in the Run Anything window, in the Gradle tasks section, select the project you need and in the search field, press Space and then add the tasks.

  3. IntelliJ IDEA runs the specified task and displays the result in the Run tool window.

    Run tool window: Gradle task
    IntelliJ IDEA also saves the task in the Run Anything window under the Recent section as well as under the Run Configurations node in the Gradle tool window.
    Run Anything: Recent

Run a Gradle task via Run Configurations

You can add some additional parameters to your task, configure it as a run configuration, save it and use that run configuration in your project whenever you need.

  1. Open the Gradle tool window.

  2. Right-click the task for which you want to create the Run configuration.

  3. From the context menu select Create 'task name'.

    Create the task run configuration

  4. In Create Run/Debug Configuration: 'task name', specify the task settings and click OK.

    Run/Debug Configuration for a Gradle task
    IntelliJ IDEA displays the task under the Run Configurations node.
    Gradle tool window: Run Configurations

  5. Double-click the task to run it or right-click the task and from the context menu select Run.

    Run Configurations: the context menu

Run a Gradle task from the context menu

  1. Open the Gradle tool window.

  2. Right-click a task that you want to run.

  3. From the context menu select Run 'task name'.

    Gradle tool window: the context menu

Run several Gradle tasks simultaneously

You can create a run configuration for several tasks.

  1. Select Run | Edit Configurations Shift+Alt+F10.
    The Run/Debug Configurations dialog opens.

  2. In the Run/Debug Configurations dialog, click Add icon and select Gradle to add a new configuration.

    Add new Gradle run/debug configuration

  3. On the right side of the Run/Debug Configurations dialog, in the Name field, enter the name of your configuration.
    As an example, specify the following settings:
    • Gradle project - click Choose one of registered Gradle projects and select the registered Gradle project.

      Registered Gradle projects

    • Tasks - specify tasks you want to execute with this configuration. You can run more than one task.
      For example, specify clean and build.

    • VM options - you can customize VM options. For example, specify -Xmx3g.

    • Arguments - you can specify Gradle command line parameters. For example, specify --debug.

    Gradle Run/Debug configuration
  4. Click OK.
    The created configuration is added to the Run Configurations node in the Gradle Projects tool window.

  5. Double-click the configuration to run the task or right-click the configuration and select Run.

    Gradle tool window: run configuration

Debug Gradle tasks and scripts

You can debug Gradle tasks and scripts the same way you debug your regular applications.

Debug a Gradle script task

  1. Open your build.gradle in the editor.

  2. Set your breakpoints and in the left gutter right-click the Run ( artwork studio icons shell toolbar run dark) icon. From the context menu, select Debug <name>.

    Debug build script

  3. IntelliJ IDEA starts the debugging session and you can check the results in the Debug tool window.

    Debug tool window

Debug a Gradle task

Use the Gradle tool window to debug Gradle tasks that implement the org.gradle.process.JavaForkOptions interface, for example, test or run.

  1. In the Gradle tool window, click the project, open the Tasks node, and right-click a task you want to debug.

  2. From the context menu, select Debug.

    The debugging process is started and the task is added to the list of the recent tasks located under the Run Configurations node.

Assign a shortcut to a Gradle task

IntelliJ IDEA lets you assign shortcuts to Gradle tasks and execute those tasks with a single key-stroke. You can also assign a shortcut to the Gradle run/debug configuration that can contain more than one task.

  1. In the Gradle tool window, right-click the desired task.

  2. From the context menu, choose Assign Shortcut.

    Gradle tool window: Assign Shortcut
    The Keymap dialog opens.

  3. In the Keymap dialog, under the Gradle node navigate to your task.

  4. Right-click the task and from the list that opens, select a type of the shortcut you want to assign.

    Add a shortcut

  5. In the dialog that opens, depending on the shortcut's type, configure your shortcut and click OK.
    In our case let's add a keyboard shortcut.

    Keyboard shortcut dialog
    You can see that the shortcut is displayed against your task in the Gradle tool window.
    Gradle tool window: displayed shortcut

While in the Keymap dialog, you can add a new task to which you want to assign a shortcut.

  1. In the Keymap dialog, under the Gradle node, click Choose a task to assign a shortcut.

    Keymap dialog: Choose a task to assign a shortcut

  2. In the dialog that opens, select a task you need and click OK.

    Choose Gradle task dialog
    The task is added to the list under the Gradle node. Now you can configure the shortcut.

Configure running triggers for Gradle tasks

IntelliJ IDEA lets you run Gradle tasks before your project's execution or set other conditions using the task activation configuration.

  1. In the Gradle tool window, right-click a Gradle project.

  2. From the context menu, select Tasks Activation.

  3. In the Tasks Activation dialog, click Add icon.

  4. On the Choose activation phase menu, choose when to run your task, for example, Before Build, After Sync, and so on.

  5. On the Choose task menu, select the actual task.

    The task and activation phase will be added to the list in the Task Activation dialog. You can also see the activation phase name against the selected task in the Gradle tool window.

Alternatively, you can select the activation phase name from the context menu when you right-click the task you want to execute in the Gradle tool window.

You can also create a run/debug configuration that would depend on a Gradle task.

  1. From the main menu, select Run | Edit Configurations to open the run/debug configuration for your project.

  2. In the Run/Debug Configurations dialog, in the Before Launch section, click the icons general add svg icon.

  3. In the list that opens, select Run Gradle task.

  4. In the Select Gradle Task dialog, specify the project and the task that you want to execute before launching the project. You can specify a Gradle linked project or any other Gradle project. Note that if your Gradle project is not linked then IntelliJ IDEA will use the default configurations (for example, a bundled Gradle version) to run the task.

  5. Click OK.

Last modified: 20 September 2019