mchr mchr - 17 days ago 9x
Git Question

How to lookup the latest git commit hash from an ant build script

How can I lookup the latest git commit hash from an ant build script?

I am currently working on a new open source project which I store on github. I would like to extend my existing ANT build file to allow me to create numbered builds. I am imagining that I would launch the build with something like "ant buildnum -Dnum=12".

I would like the resulting jar to have two crucial bits of information in it's manifest file:

  • build.number=12

  • build.gitcommit=

I know how to create the build.number line. However, I am unsure of the best ant plumbing to lookup the latest git commit hash which is the value I want to fill in for .


I wrote the following ant target for a project on github. Usage:

  • stores version in property "repository.version"
  • works if no git is installed or no .git directory is present (fallback)
  • other targets must depend on this target if they need the git version
  • only one git command gets executed (--always)

<available file=".git" type="dir" property="git.present"/>

<target name="git.revision" description="Store git revision in ${repository.version}" if="git.present">
    <exec executable="git" outputproperty="git.revision" failifexecutionfails="false" errorproperty="">
        <arg value="describe"/>
        <arg value="--tags"/>
        <arg value="--always"/>
        <arg value="HEAD"/>
    <condition property="repository.version" value="${git.revision}" else="unknown">
            <isset property="git.revision"/>
            <length string="${git.revision}" trim="yes" length="0" when="greater"/>

It e.g. be used for expanding the token @repository.version@ in a template file:

<target name="index.html" depends="git.revision" description="build index.html from template">
    <copy file="index.html.template" tofile="index.html" overwrite="yes">
                <token key="repository.version" value="${repository.version}" />