Installing Maven

In this tutorial we shall see installation of Maven. Maven is a Java based tool so you should have Java installed on your machine before installing Maven. Click here to download and install Java

Maven can be downloaded from here

Windows 2000/XP

  1. Unzip the distribution archive, i.e. to the directory you wish to install Maven 3.0.4. I prefer to create a dirctory C:\apps. The subdirectory apache-maven-3.0.4 will be created from the archive.
  2. Add the M2_HOME environment variable by opening up the system properties (WinKey + Pause), selecting the “Advanced” tab, and the “Environment Variables” button, then adding the M2_HOME variable in the user variables with the value C:\apps\apache-maven-3.0.4. Be sure to omit any quotation marks around the path even if it contains spaces. Note: For Maven < 2.0.9, also be sure that the M2_HOME doesn't have a '\' as last character.
  3. In the same dialog, add the M2 environment variable in the user variables with the value %M2_HOME%\bin.
  4. Optional: In the same dialog, add the MAVEN_OPTS environment variable in the user variables to specify JVM properties, e.g. the value -Xms256m -Xmx512m. This environment variable can be used to supply extra options to Maven.
  5. In the same dialog, update/create the Path environment variable in the user variables and prepend the value %M2% to add Maven available in the command line.
  6. In the same dialog, make sure that JAVA_HOME exists in your user variables or in the system variables and it is set to the location of your JDK, e.g. C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.5.0_02 and that %JAVA_HOME%\bin is in your Path environment variable.
  7. Open a new command prompt (Winkey + R then type cmd) and run mvn –version to verify that it is correctly installed.

Maven settings.xml
Maven has a settings.xml file located in the Maven installation and/or user home directory that configure environmental specifics such as:

  • HTTP proxy server
  • repository manager location
  • server authentication and passwords
  • other configuration properties

After you have installed maven you should also consider installing maven eclipse plugin since eclipse is our preferred development environment.



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  1. #1 by shuron (@shuron) on September 26, 2012 - 9:58 pm

    Short and nice. I also prefer to hange default repository location in settings.xml…
    However maybe some one also interessted in linux based maven installation:

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