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Ant if-then-else condition

Unlike my previous post, this demo lists only the Directory Names and implicitly helps you in understanding how to change property values.

It is said that property value once set can’t be changed in the ant script.  But in this demo you’ll see how to re-set the property values.


  1. You should’ve downloaded ant-contrib jar from http://ant-contrib.sourceforge.net/#install
  2. Place ant-contrib.jar into <ANT_HOME>/lib directory


You first need to refer to your contrib jar in the <project> tag of build.xml.

Following sample code should help you understand if-else-condition using Ant-contrib.

Note: Code in the previous post been extended for this demo. Please note that else block never gets executed in this demo.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<project name="ForTest" default="build" basedir="." xmlns:ac="antlib:net.sf.antcontrib">
 <taskdef uri="antlib:net.sf.antcontrib"

 <property name="directory" value=""/>

 <target name="test">
 <echo message="Folders in the directory are:"/>
 <ac:foreach target="list.dirs" param="dir.name">
 <dirset dir="${basedir}" includes="*"/>

 <target name="list.dirs">
 <ac:var name="directory" unset="true"/>
 <basename property="directory" file="${dir.name}"/>
 <echo message="Absolute Path : ${dir.name}"/>
 <echo message="Directory     : ${directory}"/>

 <!--Logic for if then else-->
 <equals arg1="${directory}" arg2="Test 1"/> <!-- if(directory=="Test 1") -->
 <then> <!--if directory name is Test 1-->
 <echo message="PING directory First directory"/>
 <equals arg1="${directory}" arg2="Test 2"/> <!-- if(directory=="Test 2") -->
 <echo message="PING directory Second directory"/>
 <echo message="PING No Directory. This never gets executed for this SCRIPT"/>
 <!--end if then else condition-->


 <target name="build" depends="test" description="Test For loop"/>


Following would be the output

Hope this post helps…

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