List Available Targets

Problem

You want to find out which Pants targets are currently available in your project or in a subfolder within the project.

Solution

Use the list goal and specify a folder containing a BUILD file. This command, for example, would show all targets available in myproject/BUILD:

$ ./pants list myproject/:

This command would show all targets available in the myproject directory as well as in all subdirectories:

$ ./pants list myproject/::

Note the syntactical difference between the single colon and the double colon.

The output from a ./pants list invocation may look something like this:

$ ./pants list server/:
server/server:analytics
server/server:bin
server/server:tests

Warning

We do not recommend using ./pants list :: unless you're working with a very small Pants project. This command will list all targets currently available in the entire project, which can be a very slow operation in larger projects.

See Also

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