Jenkins : Ant In Workspace Plugin

Plugin Information

View Ant In Workspace on the plugin site for more information.

Allows users to configure an ANT based build that utilizes an Ant that is located in the workspace.

What is this?

This Plugin extends the official Jenkins Ant Plugin. It provides a new Builder based on Ant that has disabled the functionality to choose between different Ant versions. But it will allow to use an Ant version that is available in the workspace.

This is to allow (legacy) builds to use a special Ant that is checked into the SCM. When building the Job this special Ant version is returned and file-permissions (+x) are set. It is possible to configure the path to Ant in a global AntInWorkspace parameter or a per-Job parameter.


We are using this because we are using a special/patched Ant version for building our software. This Ant is checked-in into the SCM and so we have to check it out, make it executable (on Unix) and use it to build the software. As our software is used in multiple customer projects, there is an option to define the path to the Ant installation on a per-Job level or globally in Jenkins.

Configuration Example

Project Configuration - Path per Job

Project Configuration - Ant Plugin vs. Ant-In-Workspace Plugin

Default Ant-Plugin lets you choose between various Ant versions. Ant-In-Workspace Plugin will choose either the globally configured Ant or the project wise configured one.

Global Configuration

Configuring the global Path.


Stephan Watermeyer


Licensed  under the MIT License (MIT).