Pants Build System

Pants is a build system for software projects in a variety of languages. It works particularly well for a source code repository that contains many distinct projects.

Friendly documentation:

We release to PyPI version license

We use Travis CI to verify the build Build Status.

We use Coveralls to monitor test coverage Coverage Status.


At a minimum, pants requires the following to run properly:

  • Linux or Mac OS X
  • Python 2.7.x (the latest stable version of 2.7 is recommended)
  • A C compiler, system headers, Python headers (to compile native Python modules) and the libffi library and headers (to compile and link modules that use CFFI to access native code).
  • Internet access (so that pants can fully bootstrap itself)

Additionally, if you use the jvm backend to work with java or scala code (installed by default):

  • OpenJDK or Oracle JDK version 7 or greater