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Eclipse Oxygen.2 with ANT and JRE6

The support for ANT and JRE6 with Eclipse Oxygen.2 (December 2017).

The plugin was created for:

Version: Oxygen.2 Release (4.7.2)
Build id: 20171218-0600

Don't forget the -clean start (read the original article for more details)!

One more thing you should do:

Oxygen.1 and Oxygen.2 contain ANT 1.10.1. This version requires Java 8. In order to use Java 6, you have to download ANT 1.9.x. Simply download ANT and set the ANT Home to your version, via

Window >> Preferences >> ANT >> Runtime >> Ant Home...

If you try to use the bundled ANT with JRE 6, it will fail with an Exception.

Download the plugin from here. It works for us - no warranty!

More Details: Eclipse Oxygen.1 with ANT and JRE6

5 Responses to “Eclipse Oxygen.2 with ANT and JRE6”

  1. Farouq says:

    Any idea on Oyxgen.3 support? This would be much appreciated. Thanks.

  2. rjahn says:

    Oxygen.3 was released yesterday :)

    No plans yet.

  3. Farouq says:

    Actually, after updating to 4.7.3 (Oxygen.3) my 1.6 Ant build works just fine? Interesting.


    Appear in my eclipse/plugin folder from the Oxygen.2 fix.

    Build Info:
    Version: Oxygen.3 Release (4.7.3)
    Build id: 20180308-1800

    Will update if I come across any other info.

  4. This plugin worked for me with Eclipse Oxygen 2. Thanks for the ANT plugin(s).

    Thanks for the guidance also for the ANT. I was getting issues with ANT 1.9.10 but working great with ANT 1.9.6.

    Even this plugin survives upgrade. My eclipse got upgraded to Oxygen.3 and still ANT is working great with JDK 1.6

    Thank you very much.

  5. Just want to say that I just used this now and it's a life saver.

    Thank you so much. I really hope you continue to support it.

    I will just add that on Linux I struggled a bit with the installation instructions.

    I tried to put the plugin jars in the installation folder e.g.
    ~/Apps/eclipse-201812/eclipse/plugins/ (also dropins/) but it wasn't getting picked up.

    In the end I put it in: ~/.p2/pool/plugins where it overwrites the exist ant plugin files, and that worked a treat.

    Thanks again!

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