Explode a .war file


Create an "exploded .war format" of your web application using symbolic links to support faster code, compile, test cycles.


  • Buildr 1.3+
  • Application server supporting exploded .war format
  • OS platform supporting symbolic links

Known Working

Tested on Jetty and Tomcat, Linux (Ubuntu 8.10), Buildr 1.3.4 (trunk)


0. Download explode.rb

1. At the top of your buildfile, add the following:

require 'explode.rb'

2. Define explode task on your web application:

package(:war).explode :target => "jetty/webapps/myApplication"

3. Run the task

buildr myApp:explode
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