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If we would like to build a multiplatform project with Kotlin and we have a structure like this one:


where in the common module we have 3 targets / presets:

  • jvm (with common code to all jvm based projects)
  • jvmAndroid (with common code to all jvm android projects, depends on jvm)
  • jvmApi (with common code to all jvm api projects, depends on jvm)

How can we properly configure our build.gradles files to depend only on the correct preset / target?

For example, if we would like to use the common module as a dependency in our other projects we need to use something like:

dependencies {
  implementation project(':common')

But, is it possible to use only the correct part of the common module? Something like this (for android 1 and 2)?

dependencies {
  implementation project(':common:jvmAndroid')

Otherwise when we use implementation project(':common') this will get all jvm presets / targets but some code will only make sense or work in the correct platform (in this case android or api).

We can use a strategy called disambiguating targets to achieve this goal.


We need to do something like:

val commonAttribute = Attribute.of("com.example", String::class.java)

jvm {
    attributes.attribute(commonAttribute, "nameOfYourTarget")

Both in the "client" and "server" side. In the same way.

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