Maven cheat sheet

Maven cheat sheet


I’ve put together some Maven commands, properties and command line options.

Creating a project (jar):

mvn archetype:generate \
    -DgroupId=com.example.project \

Creating a project (war):

mvn archetype:generate \
    -DgroupId=com.example.project \
    -DartifactId=application \

Setting the source code encoding:


Setting the Java version:


Default lifecycle

The default lifecycle consist of the following phases:

Phase Description
validate Validate the project, checking if everything is correct.
compile Compile source code of the project and store classes in target/classes.
test Run the tests.
package Take the compiled code and package it in its distributable format, sucg as JAR or WAR.
verify Run any checks to verify the package is valid and meets quality criteria.
install Install the package into the local repository, or use as a dependency in other projects locally.
deploy Copies the final package to the remote repository.

Use mvn <phase name> to execute a phase.

Useful command line options

Command line option Description
-DskipTests Compile the tests but don’t run them
-Dmaven.test.skip=true Don’t compile the tests and don’t run them
-X or --debug Enable debug output
-U or --update-snapshots Forces a check for updated releases and snapshots on remote repositories
-o or --offline Work offline (run as if no network connection is available)
-l <file path> or --log-file <file path> Writes the build output to a file
-v or --version Display Maven version

Useful properties

Project properties

Property Description
${project.groupId} Project’s group id
${project.artifactId} Project’s artifact id
${project.version} Project’s version
${} Project’s name
${project.description} Project’s description
${project.basedir} Directory containing the pom.xml file
${project.baseUri} Directory containing the pom.xml file as URI
${} Project source directory
${} Project test source directory
${} Project output directory
${} Project test output directory
${} Directory which contains all of these output directories (target)
${} Final name of the file created when the built project is packaged

Build time properties

Property Description
${} The UTC timestamp of build start, in yyyy-MM-dd'T'HH:mm:ss'Z' default format
${build.timestamp} Same as ${}
${} Can be used to override the default format for the build timestamp

Java system properties

Property Description
${java.class.path} Java class path
${java.home} Java installation directory
${java.vendor} Java Runtime Environment vendor
${java.version} Java Runtime Environment version
${line.separator} Line separator
${file.separator} File separator
${} Operating system name
${os.arch} Operating system architecture
${os.version} Operating system version
${} User’s account name
${user.dir} User’s current working directory
${user.home} User’s home directory

Useful plugins

  • Dependency plugin: Provides the capability to manipulate artifacts.
    • mvn dependency:tree: Show dependency tree.
    • mvn dependency:resolve: Resolve dependencies.
    • mvn dependency:resolve-plugins: Resolve plugins.
  • Versions plugin: Manage the versions of artifacts in a project’s POM.
    • mvn versions:set -DgenerateBackupPoms=false -DnewVersion=[new version]: Set a new project version.
  • Assembly plugin: Aggregate the project output along with its dependencies, modules and other files into a single distributable archive.

  • Release plugin: Plugin used to release a project.

  • Shade plugin: Package the artifact in an uber-jar, including its dependencies.

  • Javadoc plugin: Generate javadocs for a project.
    • mvn javadoc:javadoc: Output javadocs HTML files in target/site/apidocs.