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Animal Sniffer ANT Tasks

The Animal Sniffer ANT Tasks can be used to build signatures of APIs and to check your classes against previously generated signatures.

Tasks Overview

The Animal Sniffer ANT Tasks inlcude the following tasks.

  • build-signatures creates a signature of an API.
  • check-signature checks a classes against an API signature.


General instructions on how to use the Animal Sniffer ANT Tasks can be found on the usage page. Some more specific use cases are described in the examples given below. Last but not least, users occasionally contribute additional examples, tips or errata to the ANT Tasks's wiki page.

In case you still have questions regarding the ANT Tasks's usage, please feel free to contact the user mailing list. The posts to the mailing list are archived and could already contain the answer to your question as part of an older thread. Hence, it is also worth browsing/searching the mail archive.

If you feel like the ANT Tasks are missing a feature or have a defect, you can fill a feature request or bug report in our issue tracker. When creating a new issue, please provide a comprehensive description of your concern. Especially for fixing bugs it is crucial that the developers can reproduce your problem. For this reason, entire debug logs, build.xmls or most preferably little demo projects attached to the issue are very much appreciated. Of course, patches are welcome, too. Contributors can check out the project from our source repository and will find supplementary information in the guide to helping with Maven.


To provide you with better understanding of some usages of Animal Sniffer ANT Tasks, you can take a look into the following examples: