Gradle integration

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The purpose of this page is to show current state of IDEA-Gradle integration while it's in active development. It's intended to be removed when the integration is released.

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The latest news from the gradle integration development can be found here


Status Meaning
Not defined whether this will be implemented
Will not be implemented
In progress
Planned but not implemented yet
Blocked by another issue


Feel free to check details of the mentioned IntelliJ IDEA tickets. They are organised in hierarchical manner, i.e. high-level tickets have sub-tickets.

Status Task Notes
Import from Gradle - IDEA-75721 Input: 'build.gradle', output: ready to use IJ project
Sync project changes - IDEA-76142 Show the difference between Gradle and IntelliJ IDEA projects, allow to manage them
Provide convenient view to the gradle functionality Very similar to the gralde GUI plugin
Sync IJ changes with 'build.gradle' Modify gradle build files within changes made in IJ project/module structure
Show available gradle tasks and allow to run/debug them  
Detect gradle project structure change and offer to apply the changes to IJ is blocked by GRADLE-2687
Provide ability to plug into gradle project structure processing Allow to tweak project importing and further management (import gradle-local entities; remove ide-local entities; sync conflicting entities

Provide quick documentation for the gradle DSL/API within IntelliJ IDEA
Diagram support Visual representation of dependencies, tasks?

Auto-completion Need to check whether we need highlighting over than for usual groovy files

Highlighting Need to check whether we need highlighting over than for usual groovy files


How to get assembled gradle plugin

From a nightly build

  1. Login to the public Jetbrains Teamcity -
  2. Navigate to the 'Intellij IDEA CE -> Community Dist -> Artifacts':
  3. Download the target distribution and use it. The distributions are re-built every 24 hours;

Pre-assembled set (applicable for the IJ v.12.1.x)

  1. Dowload the archive with assembled plugin
  2. Replace plugin in IDE
    1. backup <IntelliJ IDEA installation path>/plugins/gradle
    2. clear <IntelliJ IDEA installation path>/plugins/gradle/lib
    3. unzip archive into <IntelliJ IDEA installation path>/plugins/gradle
  3. Restart IDE

How to compile IntelliJ IDEA from sources and test the latest Gradle plugin.

  1. Download and install the latest released IntelliJ IDEA Community Edition;
  2. Checkout the latest IntelliJ IDEA sources;
  3. Open that project (named 'community') from the IntelliJ IDEA;
  4. Build the project (make sure to add 'tools.jar' to the classpath of the project jdk;
  5. Start 'IDEA' run configuration;
  6. Check 'gradle' plugin facilities with IntelliJ IDEA built from the sources;

How to work with the latest version of ToolingApi.

This page: hosts the latest gradle stuff (docs, binaries, sources, distros). It is built overnight and sometimes even more often. Here're the alternative ways of working with latest tooling-api:

  • Download the 'all' distribution from
    • Install downloaded distro
    • Go to the samples/toolingApi/idea
    • run gradle idea
    • Open created *.ipr in Idea
    • Play with the code, browse the interfaces of the ToolingApi
  • Alternative:
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