Software code bases are growing in size and complexity. The build system must enable a continuous integration process for such software stacks, by connecting all of the different modules together and giving fast feedback on the correctness of any change. Without such a build infrastructure, the productivity of the software development process suffers terribly.

The mission of Gradle is to provide a tightly integrated and super fast build infrastructure for even the largest and most complex software stacks on the planet. We want to turn Gradle into the most powerful native build system on the planet.
— Hans Dockter (July, 2014) Revolutionary new Gradle Features on the 2014 Roadmap
Gradle is a build tool that has been designed to support build automation across multiple languages and platforms including Java, Android, Groovy, Scala, Kotlin, C/C++, and Swift.

Enjoy first-class Gradle support in your IDE of choice : Android Studio, Eclipse, IntelliJ IDEA, NetBeans, Visual Studio Code
— Gradle (February 24, 2023)


Gradle started as an open-source project in 2008 led by Hans Dockter and Adam Murdoch.
— Gradle Enterprise "Our Story"
My original idea was to call it Cradle. The disadvantages of that name were too diminutive and not very unique. As it is using Groovy for the DSL, I went down the G-road and though about calling it Gradle. Everyone I asked liked it, so that became the official name. That was about 4 years ago. I'm still very happy with the name
— Hans Dockter (December, 2011) "Why is gradle called gradle?"


Gradle requires Java Development Kit version 8 and higher to run. To check, run java -version.

Unpack the Gradle distribution ZIP into C:\Gradle using an archiver tool of your choice.

Edit environmental variables, add an entry for C:\Gradle\gradle-8.1.1\bin

Verify the installation : gradle -v
—Gradle Inc (2022) "Installing Gradle"