Headless Building with APT in Eclipse

Instructions for building workspaces from the command-line directly or with ant

The APT plug-in can be used in conjunction with Eclipse to build your preconfigured workspace, either directly from the command-line or via ant with its built-in ant task.

Building from the command-line

Given an installation of Eclipse with the APT plug-in installed, you can invoke the command-line builder with the following command:
eclipsec -nosplash -application org.eclipse.jdt.apt.core.aptBuild -data %WORKSPACE%
This invokes Eclipse as a console application in headless mode and builds the workspace as provided on the command-line. Any configuration for the provided workspace will be observed in the build.

Building with Ant

Again, you will need an installation of Eclipse with the APT plug-in installed. Given this, the "apt" task can be invoked with the following xml in your build.xml file:
<project name="test_eclipse" default="build" basedir=".">

    <taskdef name="apt" classname="org.eclipse.jdt.apt.core.build.JdtApt"/>
    <target name="build">
        <apt workspace="%WORKSPACE%" eclipseHome="%ECLIPSE_HOME%"/>