How to create an Ant build file from Maven (pom.xml)?

In some cases, you may need to generate Ant build file (build.xml) for your project integration purpose. For example, the klockwork code analysis tool is required Ant file to perform the static code analysis processes for java project.

Maven Ant plugin

Maven comes with a handy Ant plugin to generate Ant build file from Maven pom.xml easily. Locate your pom.xml file, and issue the command : mvn ant:ant.

D:\Project_ABC>mvn ant:ant


D:\Project_ABC\SWP>mvn ant:ant
[INFO] Scanning for projects...
[INFO] Searching repository for plugin with prefix: 'ant'.
[INFO] artifact org.apache.maven.plugins:maven-ant-plugin: checking for updates from central
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] Building abc
[INFO]    task-segment: [ant:ant]
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
491b downloaded
2666K downloaded
[INFO] [ant:ant]
[INFO] Wrote Ant project for ABC to D:\Project_ABC
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] Total time: 28 seconds
[INFO] Finished at: Thu Feb 12 16:16:15 SGT 2009
[INFO] Final Memory: 9M/16M
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------


Maven just created 3 Ant files – build.xml, maven-build.xml and

For more detail, please visit to this Maven’s Ant plugin official page
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  • Abhijit Deb

    Dear Mr MYKong

    I saw your article converting Maven to Ant. I need the reverse of this. We have a project which uses Ant for build. I need the pom.xml for the same.

    Can you please let me know how do I achieve this?

    Any help is greatly appreciated.


    • Lucian Ochian

      As far as I know that is impossible. Maven is a build system, Ant is a build tool. You can do the system->tool conversion, but not the other way around. Plus that Maven is more restrictive than Ant. If you want to convert an Ant script to Maven you’ll have to move the source code(java and resources) in certain folders, understand your dependencies and their scope, replace some Ant tasks with some Maven plugins, etc…

    • mkyong

      See answer from @Lucian Ochian.

      Some draft ideas, convert the project into Maven structure, replace Ant functions with Maven plugins. Find the dependencies detail from

  • sunes

    What could I do to change the local repository where ant makes maven download the artifacts??? I have the archives fetch.xml and get-m2.xml, and I have tried there, but it didn’t work because i didn’t do it properly, i suppose. Changing settings.xml in this case doesn’t work in any way.
    Any idea??
    Thank you!

    • mkyong

      hi, did you means Ant’s “Download dependencies target ” ? For example,

      < get src=""
      ignoreerrors="true" / >

      Just change the “dest” to point to your destination folder.