How to Install Apache Ant on NetBSD

In this tutorial, we will guide you on how to install Apache Ant on NetBSD.


Before we start, make sure you have the following prerequisites:

Step 1: Install OpenJDK

Ant requires Java, so the first step is to install the OpenJDK package using the following command:

sudo pkgin update
sudo pkgin install openjdk11

Step 2: Download Apache Ant

Next, we need to download the latest version of Apache Ant by going to the official website at and finding the latest version URL. You can use the following command to download Apache Ant:

cd /tmp
curl -O<VERSION>-bin.tar.gz

Replace <VERSION> with the version number that you want to download.

Step 3: Extract the Apache Ant Archive

After you have downloaded the Apache Ant archive, navigate to the directory where you downloaded the file and extract it:

tar -zxvf apache-ant-<VERSION>-bin.tar.gz

This will create a directory named apache-ant-<VERSION> containing the Apache Ant files.

Step 4: Set Environment Variables

Now that we have downloaded and extracted Apache Ant, we need to set environment variables to make it accessible system-wide.

Add the following lines to your ~/.profile file:

export ANT_HOME="/tmp/apache-ant-<VERSION>"
export PATH=${PATH}:${ANT_HOME}/bin

Make sure to replace <VERSION> with the version number of the Apache Ant you installed.

Step 5: Verify Installation

To verify that Apache Ant has been successfully installed, you can run the following command:

ant -version

This should display the version number of the installed Apache Ant.


In this tutorial, we showed you how to install Apache Ant on NetBSD. By following these steps, you should now have a working installation of Apache Ant that you can use to build your Java projects.

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