A simple Gradle plugin for making release-info available to the application via application.yml in the deployable archive like war or jar.
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Release-Info Gradle Plugin

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It's quite common for an application to contain some level of release information. Typical release information includes revision control or source control system's details like commit id, version number, release tag etc. These details can be taken into the application at the time of building a deployable artifacts. In an Integrated Software Development environment, the build process is automated through Continuous Integration (CI) platforms like Jenkins, Bamboo etc. A well-defined build job/plan leverages CI platform's capabilities, accesses source control details and makes them available to the build job running the application's build script. In such cases, application build scripts are written to populate appropriate application resource files with those details, thus getting them into the application for use.

The resource-info is a simple Gradle plugin which holds release-info details passed-in as either gradle project properties through -P flag or as system properties through -D flag to the build script arguments, and replaces passed-in release-info property names found in application.yml file with their respective values in the deployable archive (war/jar) generated.

  • This plugin provides just one task releaseInfo and makes processResources task depend on this task provided.
  • It only considers application.yml file as the application's resource file that contains release info properties which need to be populated.
  • The release info property names that need to be replaced with their values in application.yml must be set as ANT like filter tokens. e.g. '@myTokenToBereplaced@'.


Add maven repository and classpath dependency to buildscript code block in your project's main Gradle build file as shown below:


buildscript {
    repositories {
        maven { url "https://dl.bintray.com/goodstartgenetics/gradle-plugins/" }
    dependencies {
        classpath 'com.gsgenetics.plugins.gradle:release-info:1.0'

apply plugin:"com.gsgenetics.plugins.gradle.release-info"


Add your application specific release-info configuration variables with their value variable names in ANT like filter token format in the application's static configuration file: application.yml

For example, if info.app.gitRevision and info.app.buildTag needs to be set with the actual git revision and build tag values passed to gradle assemble task run by passing values either through -P or -D arguments like,

gradlew -DGIT_REVISION=9f53be067c40191fa018d598105c3568924b3ee5 -DBUILD_TAG=GW-GWM-JOB1-30 assemble

then specify those variables that needs to be resolved during assemble as shown below:


        gitRevision: '@GIT_REVISION@'
        buildTag: '@BUILD_TAG@'


info.app.gitRevision: '@GIT_REVISION@'
info.app.buildTag: '@BUILD_TAG@'

When you assemble your artifact, pass in release info arguments like:

gradlew -DGIT_REVISION=9f53be067c40191fa018d598105c3568924b3ee5 -DBUILD_TAG=GW-GWM-JOB1-30 assemble --info


gradlew -PGIT_REVISION=9f53be067c40191fa018d598105c3568924b3ee5 -PBUILD_TAG=GW-GWM-JOB1-30 assemble --info

The generated artifact (war/jar) will have '@GIT_REVISION@' and '@BUILD_TAG@' replaced with the actual values passed to assemble task.


#####1.0 Initial revision