How to install Gradle on macOS using Homebrew

This post provides a step-by-step guide with a list of commands on how to install Gradle on macOS using Homebrew. Gradle is an open-source build automation tool focused on flexibility and performance. Gradle build scripts are written using a Groovy or Kotlin DSL.

What is Gradle?

“Gradle is an open-source build automation system that builds upon the concepts of Apache Ant and Apache Maven and introduces a Groovy-based domain-specific language (DSL) instead of the XML form used by Apache Maven for declaring the project configuration. Gradle was designed for multi-project builds, which can grow to be quite large. It supports incremental builds by intelligently determining which parts of the build tree are up to date; any task dependent only on those parts does not need to be re-executed.” ~ Wikipedia

What is Homebrew?

Homebrew is a free and open-source software package management system that simplifies the installation of software on Apple’s macOS operating system. It is known as the missing package manager for macOS.

Quick Commands

The following is the single command required to install Gradle on macOS using Homebrew.

$ brew install gradle

Brew Commands

This section provide a quick set of commands on how to install Gradle on macOS using Homebrew. It is assumed that Homebrew is already installed. If not, please follow this link.

$ brew update             # Fetch latest version of homebrew and formula.
$ brew search gradle      # Searches all known formulae for a partial or exact match.
$ brew info gradle        # Displays information about the given formulae.
$ brew install gradle     # Install the given formulae.
$ brew cleanup            # Remove any older versions from the cellar.


Congratulations! You have successfully installed Gradle on macOS making use of Homebrew. Please feel free to follow me on any of the social media platform to leave comments.