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What is Maven

  • Maven is Project Management tool
  • Used for build management and dependencies

Dependency Jar Problem

  • When building your Java Project, you may need additional JAR files e.g. Spring, Hibernate, Commons Logging, JSON etc
  • One approach is to download JAR files from each project web site
  • Manually add the JAR files to your build path/classpath
  • This is cumbersome manual approach to download JAR from each project site and then copy

Maven Solution

  • Tell Maven the dependencies (the projects you are working with) e.g. Spring, Hibernate
  • Maven will go out and download the JAR files for those projects for you 
  • Maven will make those JAR files available during compile/run time
  • Maven is like a helping friend
  • Project Config file (list of dependencies i.e. shopping list :))

Maven Workflow

  • Maven will read the project config file and 
  • Maven will check Maven local repository 
  • Maven will check Maven central repository - remote for missing jars in local repo
  • Maven will copy JARs from Maven central to Maven local repo
  • Maven will pull all JARs to local project
  • Maven will build and run the project

Handling JAR Dependencies

  • When Maven retrieves a project dependency
  • It will also download supporting dependency, e.g. Spring depends on commons-logging
  • Maven will handle like auto-matically

Building and Running

  • When you build and run your app
  • Maven will handle class/build path for you
  • Based on config file, Maven will add JAR files accordingly

Maven Cheat Sheet

Standard Directory Structure

  • Maven provides standard directory structure
  • It makes easy to find the files
  • Most major IDEs have built-in support for Maven projects
  • Maven projects are portable across IDEs
  • Dependency Management
  • Building and running the project. No more build\classpath issues
  • Standard directory structure

Maven Key Concepts

POM File - pom.xml
  • Project Object Model File (POM File)
  • Configuration file for the project (shopping list for Maven)
  • POM file is located in the root of Maven project
  • POM file has 3 sections

Project Coordinates

  • Project Coordinates uniquely identify a project
  • groupId: Name of organization, convention is to use reverse domain name
  • artifactId: Name of the project
  • version: A specific release version, 1.0-SNAPSHOT if project is under active development
  • Example
  • <groupId>org.springframework</groupId>
  • <artifactId>spring-context</artifactId>
  • <version>5.0.0.RELEASE</version>

Add Dependency 

  • Under <dependency> tag, project co-ordinates are specified
  • Version is optional
  • Referred as GAV
  • Dependency co-ordinates could be found at

Maven Archetypes

  • Archetypes can be used to create new Maven projects
  • Contains template file for a given Maven project (Java project, Web project)
  • Could be used from command line or IDE to create Maven project
  • Eclipse: File -> New Maven Project (Choose Archetype)

Create a Simple Project (Eclipse-Maven)

  • Open Eclipse and check if m2e plugin is installed
  • Help->Install New Software->Already installed->Filter(m2e)  (Maven integration for Eclipse)
  • Create Maven Project
  • File->New->Other->Maven Project->Next->Filter (quickstart)->Next
  • Fill Group-id, Artifact-id, Version and finish
  • Project created with pom.xml and
  • code is under src-main-java
  • Run as java application
  • Populate java version, target and source


Local Repository
  • Located on developer's computer
  • Windows c:\Users\<user home directory>/.m2/repository
  • Mac\Linux ~/.m2/repository
  • Maven search local repository before going out to central repository
Central Repository
  • By default, Maven will search Maven's Central Repository (remote)
  • Requires an Internet connection
  • Once files are downloaded, they are stored in local repository