[android] Deprecated Gradle features were used in this build, making it incompatible with Gradle 5.0

I've got a gradle FAILURE:

..."Deprecated Gradle features were used in this build, making it incompatible with Gradle 5.0."

Case description:

  • Attached to the project codebase the next libs:


    //(Required) Writing and executing Unit Tests on the JUnit Platform 
testImplementation "org.junit.jupiter:junit-jupiter-api:5.2.0"
testRuntimeOnly "org.junit.jupiter:junit-jupiter-engine:5.2.0"
    // (Optional) If you need "Parameterized Tests"
testImplementation "org.junit.jupiter:junit-jupiter-params:5.2.0"
    // (Optional) If you also have JUnit 4-based tests
testImplementation "junit:junit:4.12"
testRuntimeOnly "org.junit.vintage:junit-vintage-engine:5.2.0"

testImplementation "io.mockk:mockk:1.8.5"
  • Updated the gradle-wrapper.properties

    distributionUrl=https....gradle-4.4-all.zip to 4.7-all

  • after all of that gradle was built success

  • created the test calss

      class TestClass {
      internal fun testName() {
        Assert.assertEquals(2, 1 + 1)
  • ran the test and got the FAILURE message. enter image description here

  • ran the Gradle build with a command line argument ./gradlew --warning-mode=all to see what exactly the deprecated features are. enter image description here

As a result I couldn't build the app and I've got that FAILURE: message.

This question is related to android unit-testing gradle kotlin junit5

The answer is

Solution for the issue: deprecated gradle features were used in this build making it incompatible with gradle 6.0. android studio This provided solution worked for me.

First change the classpath in dependencies of build.gradle of your project From: classpath 'com.android.tools.build:gradle:3.3.1' To: classpath 'com.android.tools.build:gradle:3.6.1'

Then make changes in the gradle-wrapper.properties file this file exists in the Project's gradle>wrapper folder From: distributionUrl=https\://services.gradle.org/distributions/gradle-5.4.1-all.zip To: distributionUrl=https\://services.gradle.org/distributions/gradle-5.6.4-all.zip

Then Sync your gradle.

The following solution helped me as I was also getting the same warning. In your project level gradle file, try to change the gradle version in classpath

classpath "com.android.tools.build:gradle:3.6.0" to
classpath "com.android.tools.build:gradle:4.0.1"

i'am using react-native and this works for me :

  1. in root of project cd android and gradlew clean
  2. open task manager in windows
  3. on tab 'Details' hit endtask on both java.exe proccess

long story short > Task :app:installDebug FAILED Fixed by kiling java.exe prossess

Update your third party dependencies. for example I updated dependency from implementation 'com.github.ybq:Android-SpinKit:1.1.0' to implementation 'com.github.ybq:Android-SpinKit:1.2.0'. and in my case issue has been solved.

Important - Answer work only for REACT-NATIVE VS CODE Terminal

In VisualStudio code, you have to run like below then that warning will be omitted.

react-native run-android warning-mode=all

If you run below then you will get the error in terminal When running react-native run-android --warning-mode all I get error: unknown option --warning-mode'

In my case adding multiDexEnabled true in Android/build/build.gradle file compiled the files.

I will look into removing this in the future, as in the documentation it says 'Before configuring your app to enable use of 64K or more method references, you should take steps to reduce the total number of references called by your app code, including methods defined by your app code or included libraries.'

defaultConfig {
  applicationId "com.peoplesenergyapp"
  minSdkVersion rootProject.ext.minSdkVersion
  targetSdkVersion rootProject.ext.targetSdkVersion
  versionCode 1
  versionName "1.0"
  multiDexEnabled true // <-add this 

If you're using react-native then please try the below commands first before running your project:

  1. npm install --save-dev jetifier
  2. npx jetify

Now run your project again. Hope this will work.

On a SpringBoot project using IntelliJ and Gradle, I got the warning "Deprecated Gradle features were used in this build, making it incompatible with Gradle 5.0" when running my integration test. What solved the problem was: - Going to: File > Settings > Build, Execution, Deployment - Selecting for "Build and run using": Intellij IDEA (instead of "Gradle") - Same for "Run tests using" That did not explain why Gradle is displaying the warning, but that let me perform the test and progress in my work.

Try this one

cd android && ./gradlew clean && ./gradlew :app:bundleRelease

Finally decided to downgrade the junit 5 to junit 4 and rebuild the testing environment.

it is due to incompatibility.

please upgrade classpath("com.android.tools.build:gradle:4.0.1") in build.gradle file under android folder.

in my case i updated the build.gradle file and make the classpath to latest version from 3.5.2 to 3.6.3

dependencies {

The process below worked in my case- First check Gradle Version:

cd android
./gradlew -v

In my case it was 6.5

Go to https://developer.android.com/studio/releases/gradle-plugin and you'll get the plugin version for your gradle version. For gradle version 6.5, the plugin version is 4.1.0

Then go to app/build.gradle and change classpath 'com.android.tools.build:gradle:<plugin_version>

Uninstall the old app from the device/emulator. It worked for me

Set distributionUrl path in gradle-wrapper-properties files as :


It work for me in this issue in a project of react-native:

Deprecated Gradle features were used in this build, making it incompatible with Gradle 7.0.

244 actionable tasks: 2 executed, 242 up-to-date D8: Cannot fit requested classes in a single dex file (# fields: 67296 > 65536) com.android.builder.dexing.DexArchiveMergerException: Error while merging dex archives: The number of method references in a .dex file cannot exceed 64K. Learn how to resolve this issue at https://developer.android.com/tools/building/multidex.html ....

I Did this:

I was getting this error. Turns out it only happened when I completely cleaned the RN caches (quite elaborate process) and then created a release build.

If I cleaned the caches, created a debug build and then a release build, everything worked. Bit worrying but works.

Note: My clean command is...

rm -r android/build ; rm -r android/app/src/release/res ; rm -r android/app/build/intermediates ; watchman watch-del-all ; rm -rf $TMPDIR/react-* ; npm start -- --reset-cache

It was fixed this kind of error after migrate to AndroidX

  • Go to Refactor ---> Migrate to AndroidX

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