fork of the ubuntu packager plugin for gradle. Modifying to work better with creating debian packages for java web applications.
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A basic Ubuntu/Debian packager plugin for Gradle. It has some quirks but it should be possible to use it to create packages.

Modified by @m0hit to create debian packages for Java web projects using gradle.

  • Remove the extract command, the war can be copied directly into the /ubuntu directory
  • Change the path for looking up debian files from src/ubuntu/ to main/deb/
    This is because deb packages work for more than ubuntu systems, and also to keep in accordance to maven project conventions.

  • changed the name of the clean task to deb_clean. The clean task conflicted with clean task defined in the gradle 'java' plugin.

Example Project

The below examples come from the example project helloworld-example

build.gradle example

buildscript {
    repositories {
        mavenRepo urls:''
    dependencies {
        classpath "be.thinkerit.gradle:ubuntu-packager-plugin:0.1"

apply plugin:'ubuntu'

version = '0.1'

ubuntu {
    archive = new File("helloworld.tar.gz").toURI()
    releaseNotes = "Example for the ubuntu packager plugin"
    author = 'me'
    email = ''
    homepage = ''
    depends {
        // uncomment to add dependencies to be installed
        // on 'mysql-server'
        // on 'jetty'
    dirs {
        // you can add as many dir statements as you need
        dir '/usr/share/helloworld/bin'


dir structure

├── build.gradle
├── helloworld.war
└── main  
    └── deb 
        └── debian
            ├── copyright
            └── helloworld-example.install

The following optional scripts can be added to main/deb/debian

  • helloworld-example.default -- /etc/default/helloworld-example holds environment variable defaults
  • helloworld-example.init -- /etc/init.d/helloworld-example system start-stop script
  • helloworld-example.preinst -- executed before installation
  • helloworld-example.postinst -- executed after installation
  • helloworld-example.prerm -- executed before removal
  • helloworld-example.postrm -- executed after removal

Finally you can still add any number of custom files to main/deb/overrides which are copied to the same level as the contents of the tgz so they are available for use in helloworld-example.install

See the packaging guide as for the format to use in these files.


~/helloworld-example$ gradle deb_clean deb


The package will be named based on the gradle name property which is the same as the directory in which the gradle project is located. As a result when using a CI system such as jenkins this name/dir will be called workspace and is probably not what you want. To work around this I have been putting my package scripts in their own subdir named the way I want the package to be named.


  • myapp/grails
  • myapp/myapp
  • myapp/myapp-data

So far the plugin will create debian packages based on the architecture on which the package is build. As I intend to use this for Java projects this should be changed to all instead in a future version. Or the target platform when using platform specific compilers.