Use the Plugin


The Antora plugin requires at least Java 17 and Gradle 7.3. You don’t need Node.js preinstalled to use this plugin, the plugin sets up the Node.js runtime for you automatically. If you want to override the default Node.js version used by the plugin, see Configure the Node.js version.

Apply the plugin

To use the plugin, you must first declare it in the plugins block at the top of your Gradle build script (build.gradle).

plugins {
    id 'org.antora' version '1.0.0'

The plugin declaration automatically adds the antora task to your Gradle build as well as the antora extension block to configure it.

Run the antora task

You can use the antora task to run Antora on a playbook file without having to configure the plugin. To do so, run the task named antora using Gradle (e.g., ./gradlew):

$ ./gradlew antora

This task is the equivalent of running the antora command once the antora npm package is installed (except, in this case, the playbook path is not required). You can configure Gradle to only show the output from the Antora command by adding the -q option:

$ ./gradlew -q antora
If you don’t yet have gradlew in your project, see the Gradle wrapper to learn how to set it up. Once it’s present in the project, you don’t need Gradle installed in order to run Gradle.

A Gradle plugin cannot tell if Gradle is running in an interactive terminal. Therefore, the Antora plugin automatically sets the environment variable IS_TTY=true so Antora uses the colorized pretty log format by default. If you want to override this default behavior, such as in a CI environment, you can set IS_TTY=false when running Gradle:

$ IS_TTY=false ./gradlew antora

If your playbook file is not named antora-playbook.yml, you will need to specify its location using the --playbook task option:

$ ./gradlew antora --playbook my-antora-playbook.yml

Under the covers, the plugin builds a commandline string that invokes the antora command through npx. To see the command that the plugin runs, set the logging level to info using Gradle’s -i CLI option, then look for the command under the heading > Task :antora (or similar).

$ ./gradlew -i antora

The CLI options for the antora task are a subset of the CLI options supported by Antora’s antora command. To list the subset of Antora CLI options, run:

$ ./gradlew help --task antora

An option listed has the same functionality as the matching CLI option in Antora.

You can configure more of Antora’s options using the antora extension block in your Gradle build script. You can also configure the Node.js runtime on which Antora runs using the node extension block in your Gradle build script.