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How to Add Stacktrace or debug Option when Building Android Studio Project

Posted by: admin March 11, 2020 Leave a comment


I was trying to investigate the project build error in the console output as follow:

:myapp:processDebugResources FAILED

FAILURE: Build failed with an exception.

* What went wrong:
Execution failed for task ':app:processDebugResources'.

* Try:
Run with --stacktrace option to get the stack trace. Run with --info or --debug option to get more log output.

I suspect it has something to do with resource not found error. My question is, at IDE level how can I add --stacktrace or --debug option so that it can produce more information for me to debug?

How to&Answers:

You can use GUI to add these gradle command line flags from

File > Settings > Compiler (Gradle-based Android Project)

For MacOS user, it’s here

Android Studio > Preferences > Build, Execution, Deployment > Compiler

like this (add --stacktrace or --debug)

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(Note that the screenshot is from before 0.8.10, the option is no longer in the Compiler > Gradle section, it’s now in a separate section named Compiler (Gradle-based Android Project))


On the Mac version of Android Studio Beta 1.2, it’s under

Android Studio->preferences->Build, Execution, Deployment->Compiler


In Android Studios 2.1.1, the command-line Options is under “Build, Execution, Deployment”>”Compiler”

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What I use for debugging purposes is running the gradle task with stacktrace directly in terminal. Then you don’t affect your normal compiles.

From your project root directory, via terminal you can use:

./gradlew assembleMyBuild --stacktrace


To add a stacktrace click on the Gradle on the right side of Android project screen;

  1. Click on the settings icon;
    this will open the settings page,
  2. Then click on compiler
  3. Then add the command --stacktrace or --debug as shown;

  4. Run the application again to get the gradle report.


(edited Dec 2018: Android Studio 3.2.1 on Mac too)

For Android Studio 3.1.3 on a Mac, it was under

Android Studio -> Preferences -> Build, Execution, Deployment -> Compiler

and then, to view the stack trace, press this button

button to show stack trace


For Android Studio 3.1.3 it was under

File -> Settings -> Build, Execution, Deployment -> Compiler


my solution is this:

configurations.all {
    resolutionStrategy {
        force 'com.android.support:support-v4:27.1.0'


To be able to run options like --stacktrace within a gradle command, you need to put it at the beginning, like:

./gradlew --stacktrace assembleMyBuild


In case you use fastlane, additional flags can be passed with

   flags: "{your flags}"

More information here


To Increase Maximum heap: Click to open your Android Studio, look at below pictures. Step by step. ANDROID STUDIO v2.1.2

Click to navigate to Settings from the Configure or GO TO FILE SETTINGS at the top of Android Studio.

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check also the android compilers from the link to confirm if it also change if not increase to the same size you modify from the compiler link.

Note: You can increase the size base on your memory capacity and remember this setting is base on Android Studio v2.1.2