How To Install Gradle on CentOS 8

Install Gradle on CentOS 8

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Gradle on CentOS 8. For those of you who didn’t know, Gradle is a free and open-source general-purpose build tool used mainly for Java projects. It uses Groovy which is a dynamic, object-oriented programming language to define projects and build scripts for Java language. Gradle is also used for building Android projects in Android Studio.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of Gradle on a CentOS 8 server.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: CentOS 8.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Gradle on CentOS 8

Step 1. First, let’s start by ensuring your system is up-to-date.

sudo dnf install epel-release
sudo dnf update

Step 2. Installing OpenJDK.

Gradle requires Java to be installed on your system. To install OpenJDK 8 run the following command:

sudo dnf install java-1.8.0-openjdk-devel

Confirm the OpenJDK installation using the following command:

java -version

Step 3. Installing Gradle on CentOS 8.

First, download Gradle from the official Gradle release page:

wget https://downloads.gradle-dn.com/distributions/gradle-6.3-all.zip -P /tmp

Now unzip the downloaded zip file using the following command:

sudo unzip -d /opt/gradle /tmp/gradle-6.3-all.zip

Step 4. Setup environment variables.

PATH Environment variable should include the Gradle directory. So we should create gradle.sh file inside /etc/profile.d/ the directory. To create a file run the following command:

sudo nano /etc/profile.d/gradle.sh

Now paste the following code inside the above file:

export GRADLE_HOME=/opt/gradle/gradle-6.3
export PATH=${GRADLE_HOME}/bin:${PATH}

Then, make the script file executable using the following command:

sudo chmod +x /etc/profile.d/gradle.sh

Load the environment variables using the following command:

source /etc/profile.d/gradle.sh

Step 5. Verify the Gradle installation.

As we’ve all done, so check the version of Installed Gradle to verify our installation:

gradle -v

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Gradle. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Gradle on CentOS 8 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Gradle website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to idroot.us, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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