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Maven Web Application

We can create a simple maven web application example by executing the archetype:generate command of mvn tool.

To create a simple java project using maven, you need to open command prompt and run the archetype:generate command of mvn tool.


The syntax to generate the project architecture is given below:

mvn archetype:generate -DgroupId=groupid -DartifactId=artifactid 
-DarchetypeArtifactId=maven-archetype-webapp -DinteractiveMode=booleanValue


The example to generate the project architecture is given below:

mvn archetype:generate -DgroupId=com.javatpoint -DartifactId=CubeGeneratorWeb 
-DarchetypeArtifactId=maven-archetype-webapp -DinteractiveMode=false

Note: Here, we are using maven-archetype-webapp to create simple maven web application. if you use maven-archetype-quickstart, it will generate a simple maven core project.


Now it will generate following code in the command prompt:

mvn archetype:generate -DgroupId=com.javatpoint -DartifactId=CubeGeneratorWe
b -DarchetypeArtifactId=maven-archetype-webapp -DinteractiveMode=false
[INFO] Scanning for projects...
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] Building Maven Stub Project (No POM) 1
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] >>> maven-archetype-plugin:2.2:generate (default-cli) @ standalone-pom >>
[INFO] <<< maven-archetype-plugin:2.2:generate (default-cli) @ standalone-pom <<
[INFO] --- maven-archetype-plugin:2.2:generate (default-cli) @ standalone-pom --
[INFO] Generating project in Batch mode
n-archetype-webapp/1.0/maven-archetype-webapp-1.0.jar (4 KB at 3.8 KB/sec)
n-archetype-webapp/1.0/maven-archetype-webapp-1.0.pom (533 B at 0.8 KB/sec)
[INFO] -------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] Using following parameters for creating project from Old (1.x) Archetype:
[INFO] -------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] Parameter: groupId, Value: com.javatpoint
[INFO] Parameter: packageName, Value: com.javatpoint
[INFO] Parameter: package, Value: com.javatpoint
[INFO] Parameter: artifactId, Value: CubeGeneratorWeb
[INFO] Parameter: basedir, Value: D:\
[INFO] Parameter: version, Value: 1.0-SNAPSHOT
[INFO] project created from Old (1.x) Archetype in dir: D:\CubeGeneratorWeb
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] Total time: 10.273s
[INFO] Finished at: Thu Dec 26 19:25:04 IST 2013
[INFO] Final Memory: 10M/24M
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Generated Directory Structure

Now go to the current directory from where you have executed the mvn command. For example: d:\CubeGeneratorWeb. You will see that a simple java project is created that has the following directory:


As you can see, there are created 3 files pom.xml, index.jsp and web.xml. Let's have a quick look at these files:

1) Automatically Generated pom.xml file

<project xmlns="" 
  <name>CubeGeneratorWeb Maven Webapp</name>

2) Automatically Generated index.jsp file

<h2>Hello World!</h2>

3) Automatically Generated web.xml file

 "-//Sun Microsystems, Inc.//DTD Web Application 2.3//EN"
 "" >

  <display-name>Archetype Created Web Application</display-name>

Deploy and Run the Maven Web Project

Now you need to deploy the project on the server and access it by the following url:

http://<host-name>:<portnumber>/projectname, for example: http://localhost:8888/CubeGeneratorWeb

maven webapp output

Maven Webapp in Eclipse

You can import the maven web project in eclipse. To do so, perform following steps:

1) Open eclipse IDE

2) Import the maven project

File Menu -> Import -> Maven -> Existing Maven Projects

maven webapp eclipse import

-> Next -> Browse Project

maven webapp eclipse project

-> Finish.

3) Run the maven web project

Right click on project -> Run As -> Run on Server

Directory Structure of Maven Webapp in Eclipse

maven webapp eclipse directory structure
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