6 tips to speed up your Gradle build

Oleg Šelajev
Feb 18, 2016 · 10 min read

Speeding up Gradle builds

git clone http://github.com/google/iosched
cd ioshed
./gradlew :android:assembleDebug --dry-run

Total time: 8.674 secs
./gradlew :android:assembleDebug --dry-run --profile
open build/reports/profile/profile-2016-02-02-15-39-17.html

Use configure on demand

./gradlew :android:assembleDebug --dry-run --profile --configure-on-demand
BUILD SUCCESSFULTotal time: 7.144 secs
echo 'org.gradle.configureondemand=true' >> ~/.gradle/gradle.properties

Use Gradle daemon

./gradlew :android:assembleDebug --dry-run --no-daemon
# vs.
./gradlew :android:assembleDebug --dry-run --daemon
BUILD SUCCESSFULTotal time: 2.536 secs
echo 'org.gradle.daemon=true' >> ~/.gradle/gradle.properties

Use the latest Gradle version

> Failed to apply plugin [id 'com.android.application']
> Gradle version 2.2 is required. Current version is 2.10. If using the gradle wrapper, try editing the distributionUrl in /Users/shelajev/repo/tmp/iosched/gradle/wrapper/gradle-wrapper.properties to gradle-2.2-all.zip
BUILD SUCCESSFULTotal time: 1.356 secs

Optimize your project

Avoid heavy computations

def cmd = 'git rev-list HEAD --first-parent --count'
def gitVersion = cmd.execute().text.trim().toInteger()
android {
defaultConfig {
versionCode gitVersion
def gitVersion() {
if (!System.getenv('CI_BUILD')) {
// don't care
return 1
def cmd = 'git rev-list HEAD --first-parent --count'
android {
defaultConfig {
versionCode gitVersion()

Fix the dependencies

dependencies {
compile 'com.google.code.gson:gson:2.+'

Modularize the project and parallelize the build

echo 'org.gradle.parallel=true' >> ~/.gradle/gradle.properties


Oleg Šelajev

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Developer advocate for GraalVM at OracleLabs. VirtualJUG organizer. Became Java Champion in 2017. Likes programming languages, compilers, performance, chess

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