What is Ant? Do I need it to run Tomcat?

Alex Chaffee

Alessandro Garbagnati writes:

ANT is a Java build tool. As they say in the website it is kind of like make without make's wrinkles. I strongly suggest you to take a look at the site if you're interested in knowing more about it.

The short answer is no, you don't need to download ANT in order to run Tomcat Servlet COntainer.

The long answer is "depends". If you download the binary version of Tomcat, than you don't need ANT. But if you prefer to download the source code, and you want to compile it by yourself, you need ANT.