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Gradle Newsletter
July 2020

Welcome to the July 2020 Gradle Build Tool newsletter.

This issue covers news from the community, highlights several blog posts by the Gradle Team, and summarizes some of the changes available in the Gradle 6.5 release.

From the Community


  • Changelog - a new plugin from JetBrains for managing changelogs
  • FloorPlan - a new plugin for visualizing database evolution
  • Nokee - the set of plugins for building native projects announced version 0.4
  • Plugin Toolbox - a new set of plugins supporting the Gradle plugin development process
  • Shadow - the popular plugin to create Fat Jars released a new major version 6.0.0
  • Thrifty - a new plugin from Microsoft for integrating with the Apache Thrift software stack for Android

Blog Posts



From the Gradle Team

File System Watching

One of the most important aspects we consider in our mission to improve developer productivity is the fast feedback of incremental builds, especially in the IDE. In recent months, we’ve been working tirelessly to improve Gradle performance in such scenarios. Gradle 6.5 introduced experimental file-system watching. Another major experimental optimization called configuration cache is coming in Gradle 6.6. Stay tuned!

Gradle vs Bazel for JVM

Some teams have been asking us about the suitability of the Bazel build tool for JVM projects as an alternative to Gradle. We investigated this and summarized our findings in the Gradle vs Bazel for JVM projects comparison. Long story short - stick with Gradle for faster and easier to create and maintain builds.

Refining Issue Backlog

We introduced a stale issue bot in our bug tracker to automatically close old issues with no activity. In the event that an issue that is still affecting you gets marked as “stale” or closed, feel free to update or re-open it. So far this has helped our team tremendously to reduce the noise and focus our attention on valid and relevant defects.

Gradle’s Social Commitment

In a statement to our community published earlier this month entitled “Gradle Demands Accountability,” we expressed solidarity with the peaceful protesters demanding systemic changes to the treatment of people of color and how we plan to help. You can read the statement here.

Gradle Releases

Gradle 6.5

Gradle 6.5 has been released. This release includes an experimental opt-in for file-system watching, a major improvement for speedy local incremental builds. Other changes include better dependency version ordering, new samples, and many bug fixes. See release notes for details.

Upcoming Events

See the Gradle Training webpage for an up-to-date list of all upcoming educational and training events.

If you have some news you’d like us to share in the next issue, use #gradle on Twitter or send us an email with the details to

Until next time!

The Gradle Team


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