Ant buildfiles are just text files, so the most straightforward
way to create an Ant buildfile in Eclipse is:
File > New > File.
Enter a name for the file.
By default the
Ant editor only has an association with build.xml named files.
As the user you can designate the Ant editor to be considered for all xml
Window > Preferences > General > Editors >File Associations
Add an association between *.xml and the
Now, as long as the file has a .xml extension, Eclipse will consider it to be a
possible Ant buildfile, and will enable Ant-related actions when it is selected.
Until a file has Ant buildfile content, you will need to open it using Open With >
An example is the use of
project builders, where an Ant buildfile is created
for an Eclipse plug-in that contains predefined targets that are useful for deploying the plug-in.