Java – Gradle – getting the latest release version of a dependency


What would be the easiest way to tell Gradle the following:

Retrieve 'junit' dependency and take its latest 'release' version.

Managing Maven and Ivy repositories is sort of new to me. I tried the following steps and they result in Could not resolve dependency ... error:

  • Write compile "junit:junit:latest.release" with repositories set to only mavenCentral() (however, it works if I say "junit:junit:4.10").

  • Write compile "junit:junit:latest.release" with repository set the following way:

    ivy {
        // I also tried '' and other possible variants.           
        url "" 
        layout "maven"
  • Attempted to use Spring Source Ivy repository:

    ivy {
        artifactPattern "[organisation]/[module]/[revision]/[artifact]-[revision].[ext]"
        ivyPattern "[organisation]/[module]/[revision]/[artifact]-[revision].[ext]"

Maybe I misunderstand something. Why would getting the latest version of the dependency be such a hard task?

Best Solution

It can be quite useful sometimes to get the latest release - if for example you release often your own dependencies.

You can get the latest version like

compile "junit:junit:+"

or better specify at least the major version like

compile "junit:junit:4.+"