Created On:  17 October 2012


You can use ANT to compile COBOL Files from the command line in Visual COBOL for Eclipse, but how can this be done for individual COBOL programs?


First ensure your COBOL environment is set up and ensure the mfant and ant-contrib jar files (from the Visual COBOL bin directory) are on your classpath.

Assuming your project is in c:\workspace\fred, your build configuration is called “New Configuration”, and you want to compile program1.cbl and program2.cbl, use the following command line:

ant -f .cobolBuild New_Configuration.FileCompile -DfilesList="C:\workspace\fred\program1.cbl,C:\workspace\fred\program2.cbl "

You can modify the entries in the -DfilesList parameter as needed.