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Create a New Maven Project in Eclipse

When creating a project in Eclipse, one may use Maven to manage dependencies more easily and to resolve transitive dependencies automatically. Maven projects have a consistent structure for each project created, and it is possible to create this structure automatically within Eclipse.

1.In the Eclipse IDE, navigate to File > New > Other… in order to bring up the project creation wizard.

2.Scroll to the Maven folder, open it, and choose Maven Project. Then choose Next.

3.You may choose to Create a simple project or forgo this option. For the purposes of this tutorial, we will choose the simple project. This will create a basic, Maven-enabled Java project. If you require a more advanced setup, leave this setting unchecked, and you will be able to use more advanced Maven project setup features. Leave other options as is, and click Next.

4.Now, you will need to enter information regarding the Maven Project you are creating. You may visit the Maven documentation for a more in-depth look at the Maven Coordinates ( In general, the Group Id should correspond to your organization name, and the Artifact Id should correspond to the project’s name. The version is up to your discretion as is the packing and other fields. If this is a stand-alone project that does not have parent dependencies, you may leave the Parent Project section as is. Fill out the appropriate information, and click Finish.

5.You will now notice that your project has been created. You will place your Java code in /src/main/java, resources in /src/main/resources, and your testing code and resources in /src/test/java and /src/test/resources respectively.

6.Open the pom.xml file to view the structure Maven has set up. In this file, you can see the information entered in Step 4. You may also use the tabs at the bottom of the window to change to view Dependencies, the Dependency Hierarchy, the Effective POM, and the raw xml code for the pom file in the pom.xml tab.

You now have a new Java project with Maven enabled.

Alex Bahdanovich
Alex Bahdanovich
Writer, author, wordsmith -- this tech enthusiast enjoys Starbucks, good reads, and golden retrievers.


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