Ant - Environment Setup

Apache Ant is distributed under the Apache Software License which is a fully-fledged open source license certified by the open source initiative.

The latest Apache Ant version, including its full-source code, class files, and documentation can be found at

Installing Apache Ant

It is assumed that you have already downloaded and installed Java Development Kit (JDK) on your computer. If not, please follow the instructions available at file:///C:/java/java_environment_setup.htm

  • Ensure that the JAVA_HOME environment variable is set to the folder, where your JDK is installed.

  • Download the binaries from

  • Unzip the zip file to a convenient location c:\folder by using Winzip, winRAR, 7-zip or similar tools.

  • Create a new environment variable called ANT_HOME that points to the Ant installation folder. In this case, it is c:\apache-ant-1.10.12-bin folder.

  • Append the path to the Apache Ant batch file to the PATH environment variable. In our case, this would be the c:\apache-ant-1.10.12-bin\bin folder.

Verifying the Installation

To verify the successful installation of Apache Ant on your computer, type ant on your command prompt.

You should see an output as given below −

C:\>ant -version
Apache Ant(TM) version 1.10.12 compiled on October 13 2021

If you do not see the above output, then please verify that you have followed the installation steps properly.

Installing Eclipse

This tutorial also covers integration of Ant with Eclipse integrated development environment (IDE). Hence, if you have not installed Eclipse, please download and install Eclipse.

Steps to install Eclipse

  • Download the latest Eclipse binaries from

  • Unzip the Eclipse binaries to a convenient location, say c:\folder.

  • Run Eclipse from c:\eclipse\eclipse.exe.