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Start a container. That task will:

Note: A container that's started with the start task will automatically shut down as soon as the parent ANT instance quits (i.e., you see a BUILD SUCCESSFUL or BUILD FAILED message). If you want to start a container and perform manual testing, see our next task run.


Start a container and wait for the user to press CTRL + C to stop. That task will:


Stop a container.


Stop and start again a container. If the container was not running before calling restart, it will simply be started.


Create the configuration for a local container, without starting it. Note that the start and run actions will also install the container automatically.


Deploy a deployable to a running container.


Undeploy a deployable from a running container.


Undeploy and deploy again a deployable. If the deployable was not deployed before calling redeploy, it will simply be deployed.

titleWait after the container has started

Many wonder the difference between the start and run actions:

  • If you want to just start the container and then do other tasks (for example, execute tests), use the start action. That action should therefore ONLY be used for integration testing.
  • If you want start the container and have ANT "blocked" afterwards (i.e., until you press CTRL + C to stop), use the run action. run is therefore the action to use for manual testing.