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android – How can I disable a task in build.gradle

Posted by: admin April 23, 2020 Leave a comment


I want to skip some tasks when I run gradle build. I know that it can be done from command line with -x:

gradle build -x unwantedTask 

My question is how can the same result be achieved in the build.gradle?

How to&Answers:

You can try e.g.:

unwantedTask.enabled = false


Because I need to disable a bunch of tasks, so I use the following codes before apply plugin: in my build.gradle file:

tasks.whenTaskAdded {task ->
    if(task.name.contains("unwantedTask")) {
        task.enabled = false


As hinted to by @LukasKörfer in a comment, to really remove a task from the build, instead of just skipping it, one solution is to add this to your build script:


However this seems to remove the task for all subprojects.


For a bit more generic approach, you can:

unwantedTask.onlyIf { <expression> }

For instance:

compileJava.onlyIf { false }

Advanced IDEs, like IDEA, through code completion, will give you a lots of what you can do on any given object in the build.gradle – it’s just a Groovy script, after all.