App Engine Gradle Plugin Tasks and Properties

After the App Engine Gradle plugin is added to your project, you can use the following App Engine-specific Gradle tasks:

Task Description
tasks Displays help information on installed tasks.
appengineStage Generates an application directory for deployment.
appengineDeploy Stages and deploys an application to App Engine.
assemble Assembles the outputs of this project to the build directory.
build Assembles and runs all tests for this project.
clean Deletes the build directory.
init Initializes a project for Gradle.
jettyRun Runs the development server using Jetty's default configurations. To find out more about the Gretty plugin, see Gretty Configuration and Gretty Tasks

To see a list of all the tasks:

gradle tasks

For more information on how to set up and use Gradle, see Using App Engine Gradle.

Task properties

The contents of the gradle.build file are a set of rules to describe your build. It's written in a domain specific language for describing builds, based on the Groovy language.

Each task has associated properties below that you can use. You can specify these properties in the gradle.build file using a configuration closure task, and properties.

In the following example:

  • The configuration closure for the plugin is appengine.
  • The task is deploy.
  • The properties, stopPreviousVersion and promote, are set to true.
appengine {

  deploy {   // deploy configuration
    stopPreviousVersion = true  // default - stop the current version
    promote = true              // default - & make this the current version
  }

}

If you only have a to specify a few properties, you can set them in a single line:

  appengine.deploy.stopPreviousVersion = true

See the following sections for a list of the properties that are available for each task.

appengineStage

task(stage)

Generates an application directory for deployment. Used by the appengineDeploy task and the jettyRun task.

You can use the following properties:

Property Description
artifact Built artifact that has all of the classes, resources, and manifests. Default is build/libs/[YOUR_SERVLET].war.
appEngineDirectory Location of the app.yaml file.
dockerDirectory Location of the Dockerfile. Typically the same directory as the appEngineDirectory.
stagingDirectory Required. The directory to which to stage the application. Default is build/staged-app.

appengineDeploy

task(deploy)

Stages and deploys an application to App Engine.

Each task has associated properties below that you can use. You can specify these properties in the gradle.build file using a configuration closure task, and properties.

In the following example:

  • The configuration closure for the plugin is appengine.
  • The task is run.
  • The property, port, is set to 8080.
appengine {  // App Engine tasks configuration
  run {      // local (dev_appserver) configuration (standard environments only)
    port = 8080                 // default
  }

  deploy {   // deploy configuration
    stopPreviousVersion = true  // default - stop the current version
    promote = true              // default - & make this the current version
  }
}

If you only have a to specify a few properties, you can set them in a single line:

  appengine.run.port = 8888
Property Description
bucket The Google Cloud Storage bucket used to stage files associated with the deployment. If this argument is not specified, the application's default bucket is used.
deployables The YAML files for the services or configurations you want to deploy. Default is the app.yaml file in the staging directory. If that is not found, attempts to automatically generate necessary configuration files (such as app.yaml) in the staging directory.
imageUrl Deploy with a specific Docker image. Docker URL must be from one of the valid Google Container Registry hostnames.
project The Google Cloud Platform project name to use for this invocation. Default is the current project selected when initializing gcloud. To verify, use gcloud config list project.
promote Promote the deployed version to receive all traffic. Default is True.
server The App Engine server to connect to. Typically, you do not need to change this value.
stopPreviousVersion Stop the previously running version when deploying a new version that receives all traffic.
version The version of the app that will be created or replaced by this deployment. If you do not specify a version, one will be generated for you.

Global properties

Property Description
tools.cloudSdkHome Optional property to configure the location of the Google Cloud SDK. Typically the plugin finds this in the Cloud SDK when it is installed with gcloud components install app-engine-java.

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