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How can I create an executable JAR with dependencies using Maven? (20)

I want to package my project in a single executable JAR for distribution.

How can I make a Maven project package all dependency JARs into my output JAR?


Add to pom.xml:

  <dependency>
            <groupId>com.jolira</groupId>
            <artifactId>onejar-maven-plugin</artifactId>
            <version>1.4.4</version>
  </dependency>

and

<plugin>
       <groupId>com.jolira</groupId>
       <artifactId>onejar-maven-plugin</artifactId>
       <version>1.4.4</version>
       <executions>
              <execution>
                     <goals>
                         <goal>one-jar</goal>
                     </goals>
              </execution>
       </executions>
</plugin>

Thats it. Next mvn package will also create one fat jar additionally, including all dependency jars.


Another option if you really want to repackage the other JARs contents inside your single resultant JAR is the Maven Assembly plugin. It unpacks and then repacks everything into a directory via <unpack>true</unpack>. Then you'd have a second pass that built it into one massive JAR.

Another option is the OneJar plugin. This performs the above repackaging actions all in one step.


Here's an executable jar plugin for Maven that we use at Credit Karma. It creates a jar of jars with a classloader capable of loading classes from nested jars. This allows you to have the same classpath in dev and prod and still keep all classes in a single signed jar file.

https://github.com/creditkarma/maven-exec-jar-plugin

And here's a blog post with details about the plugin and why we made it: https://engineering.creditkarma.com/general-engineering/new-executable-jar-plugin-available-apache-maven/


I blogged about some different ways to do this.

See Executable Jar with Apache Maven (WordPress)

or executable-jar-with-maven-example (GitHub)

Notes

Those pros and cons are provided by Stephan.


For Manual Deployment

  • Pros
  • Cons
    • Dependencies are out of the final jar.

Copy Dependencies to a specific directory

<plugin>
  <groupId>org.apache.maven.plugins</groupId>
  <artifactId>maven-dependency-plugin</artifactId>
  <executions>
    <execution>
      <id>copy-dependencies</id>
      <phase>prepare-package</phase>
      <goals>
        <goal>copy-dependencies</goal>
      </goals>
      <configuration>
        <outputDirectory>${project.build.directory}/${project.build.finalName}.lib</outputDirectory>
      </configuration>
    </execution>
  </executions>
</plugin>

Make the Jar Executable and Classpath Aware

<plugin>
  <groupId>org.apache.maven.plugins</groupId>
  <artifactId>maven-jar-plugin</artifactId>
  <configuration>
    <archive>
      <manifest>
        <addClasspath>true</addClasspath>
        <classpathPrefix>${project.build.finalName}.lib/</classpathPrefix>
        <mainClass>${fully.qualified.main.class}</mainClass>
      </manifest>
    </archive>
  </configuration>
</plugin>

At this point the jar is actually executable with external classpath elements.

$ java -jar target/${project.build.finalName}.jar

Make Deployable Archives

The jar file is only executable with the sibling ...lib/ directory. We need to make archives to deploy with the directory and its content.

<plugin>
  <groupId>org.apache.maven.plugins</groupId>
  <artifactId>maven-antrun-plugin</artifactId>
  <executions>
    <execution>
      <id>antrun-archive</id>
      <phase>package</phase>
      <goals>
        <goal>run</goal>
      </goals>
      <configuration>
        <target>
          <property name="final.name" value="${project.build.directory}/${project.build.finalName}"/>
          <property name="archive.includes" value="${project.build.finalName}.${project.packaging} ${project.build.finalName}.lib/*"/>
          <property name="tar.destfile" value="${final.name}.tar"/>
          <zip basedir="${project.build.directory}" destfile="${final.name}.zip" includes="${archive.includes}" />
          <tar basedir="${project.build.directory}" destfile="${tar.destfile}" includes="${archive.includes}" />
          <gzip src="${tar.destfile}" destfile="${tar.destfile}.gz" />
          <bzip2 src="${tar.destfile}" destfile="${tar.destfile}.bz2" />
        </target>
      </configuration>
    </execution>
  </executions>
</plugin>

Now you have target/${project.build.finalName}.(zip|tar|tar.bz2|tar.gz) which each contains the jar and lib/*.


Apache Maven Assembly Plugin

  • Pros
  • Cons
    • No class relocation support (use maven-shade-plugin if class relocation is needed).
<plugin>
  <groupId>org.apache.maven.plugins</groupId>
  <artifactId>maven-assembly-plugin</artifactId>
  <executions>
    <execution>
      <phase>package</phase>
      <goals>
        <goal>single</goal>
      </goals>
      <configuration>
        <archive>
          <manifest>
            <mainClass>${fully.qualified.main.class}</mainClass>
          </manifest>
        </archive>
        <descriptorRefs>
          <descriptorRef>jar-with-dependencies</descriptorRef>
        </descriptorRefs>
      </configuration>
    </execution>
  </executions>
</plugin>

You have target/${project.bulid.finalName}-jar-with-dependencies.jar.


Apache Maven Shade Plugin

  • Pros
  • Cons
<plugin>
  <groupId>org.apache.maven.plugins</groupId>
  <artifactId>maven-shade-plugin</artifactId>
  <executions>
    <execution>
      <goals>
        <goal>shade</goal>
      </goals>
      <configuration>
        <shadedArtifactAttached>true</shadedArtifactAttached>
        <transformers>
          <transformer implementation="org.apache.maven.plugins.shade.resource.ManifestResourceTransformer">
            <mainClass>${fully.qualified.main.class}</mainClass>
          </transformer>
        </transformers>
      </configuration>
    </execution>
  </executions>
</plugin>

You have target/${project.build.finalName}-shaded.jar.


onejar-maven-plugin

  • Pros
  • Cons
    • Not actively supported since 2012.
<plugin>
  <!--groupId>org.dstovall</groupId--> <!-- not available on the central -->
  <groupId>com.jolira</groupId>
  <artifactId>onejar-maven-plugin</artifactId>
  <executions>
    <execution>
      <configuration>
        <mainClass>${fully.qualified.main.class}</mainClass>
        <attachToBuild>true</attachToBuild>
        <!-- https://code.google.com/p/onejar-maven-plugin/issues/detail?id=8 -->
        <!--classifier>onejar</classifier-->
        <filename>${project.build.finalName}-onejar.${project.packaging}</filename>
      </configuration>
      <goals>
        <goal>one-jar</goal>
      </goals>
    </execution>
  </executions>
</plugin>

Spring Boot Maven Plugin

  • Pros
  • Cons
    • Add potential unecessary Spring and Spring Boot related classes.
<plugin>
  <groupId>org.springframework.boot</groupId>
  <artifactId>spring-boot-maven-plugin</artifactId>
  <executions>
    <execution>
      <goals>
        <goal>repackage</goal>
      </goals>
      <configuration>
        <classifier>spring-boot</classifier>
        <mainClass>${fully.qualified.main.class}</mainClass>
      </configuration>
    </execution>
  </executions>
</plugin>

You have target/${project.bulid.finalName}-spring-boot.jar.


I tried the most up-voted answer here, and was able to get the jar runnable. But the program didn't run correctly. I do not know what the reason was. When I try to run from Eclipse, I get a different result but when I run the jar from command-line I get a different result (it crashes with a program-specific runtime error).

I had a similar requirement as the OP just that I had too many (Maven) dependencies for my project. Fortunately, the only solution that worked for me was that using Eclipse. Very simple and very straightforward. This is not a solution to the OP but is a solution for someone who has a similar requirement but with many Maven dependencies,

1) Just right-click on your project folder (in Eclipse) and select Export

2) Then select Java -> Runnable Jar

3) You will be asked to choose the location of the jar file

4) Finally, select the class that has the Main method that you want to run and choose Package dependencies with the Jar file and click Finish


I went through every one of these responses looking to make a fat executable jar containing all dependencies and none of them worked right. The answer is the shade plugin, its very easy and straightforward.

    <plugin>
      <groupId>org.apache.maven.plugins</groupId>
      <artifactId>maven-shade-plugin</artifactId>
      <version>2.3</version>
      <executions>
         <!-- Run shade goal on package phase -->
        <execution>
        <phase>package</phase>
        <goals>
            <goal>shade</goal>
        </goals>
        <configuration>
          <transformers>
             <transformer implementation="org.apache.maven.plugins.shade.resource.ManifestResourceTransformer">
                <mainClass>path.to.MainClass</mainClass>
             </transformer>
          </transformers>
        </configuration>
          </execution>
      </executions>
    </plugin>

Be aware that your dependencies need to have a scope of compile or runtime for this to work properly.

This example came from mkyong.com


If you want if from command Line itself . Just run the below command from the project path

mvn assembly:assembly


It should be like that:

    <plugin>
                <artifactId>maven-dependency-plugin</artifactId>
                <executions>
                        <execution>
                                <id>unpack-dependencies</id>
                                <phase>generate-resources</phase>
                                <goals>
                                        <goal>unpack-dependencies</goal>
                                </goals>
                        </execution>
                </executions>
        </plugin>

Unpacking have to be in generate-resources phase because, if in package phase, will not be included as resources. Try clean package and you'll see.


Long used the maven assembly plugin, but I could not find a solution to the problem with "already added, skipping". Now, I'm using another plugin - onejar-maven-plugin. Example below (mvn package build jar):

<plugin>
    <groupId>org.dstovall</groupId>
    <artifactId>onejar-maven-plugin</artifactId>
    <version>1.3.0</version>
    <executions>
        <execution>
            <configuration>
                <mainClass>com.company.MainClass</mainClass>
            </configuration>
            <goals>
                <goal>one-jar</goal>
            </goals>
        </execution>
    </executions>
</plugin>

You need to add repository for that plugin:

<pluginRepositories>
    <pluginRepository>
        <id>onejar-maven-plugin.googlecode.com</id>
        <url>http://onejar-maven-plugin.googlecode.com/svn/mavenrepo</url>
    </pluginRepository>
</pluginRepositories>

Problem with locating shared assembly file with maven-assembly-plugin-2.2.1?

Try using descriptorId configuration parameter instead of descriptors/descriptor or descriptorRefs/descriptorRef parameters.

Neither of them do what you need: look for the file on classpath. Of course you need adding the package where the shared assembly resides on maven-assembly-plugin's classpath (see below). If you're using Maven 2.x (not Maven 3.x), you may need adding this dependency in top-most parent pom.xml in pluginManagement section.

See this for more details.

Class: org.apache.maven.plugin.assembly.io.DefaultAssemblyReader

Example:

        <!-- Use the assembly plugin to create a zip file of all our dependencies. -->
        <plugin>
            <artifactId>maven-assembly-plugin</artifactId>
            <version>2.2.1</version>
            <executions>
                <execution>
                    <id>make-assembly</id>
                    <phase>package</phase>
                    <goals>
                        <goal>single</goal>
                    </goals>
                    <configuration>
                        <descriptorId>assembly-zip-for-wid</descriptorId>
                    </configuration>
                </execution>
            </executions>
            <dependencies>
                <dependency>
                    <groupId>cz.ness.ct.ip.assemblies</groupId>
                    <artifactId>TEST_SharedAssemblyDescriptor</artifactId>
                    <version>1.0.0-SNAPSHOT</version>
                </dependency>
            </dependencies>
        </plugin>

Taking Unanswered's answer and reformatting it, we have:

<build>
    <plugins>
        <plugin>
            <groupId>org.apache.maven.plugins</groupId>
            <artifactId>maven-jar-plugin</artifactId>
            <configuration>
                <archive>
                    <manifest>
                        <addClasspath>true</addClasspath>
                        <mainClass>fully.qualified.MainClass</mainClass>
                    </manifest>
                </archive>
            </configuration>
        </plugin>
        <plugin>
            <artifactId>maven-assembly-plugin</artifactId>
            <configuration>
                <descriptorRefs>
                    <descriptorRef>jar-with-dependencies</descriptorRef>
                </descriptorRefs>
            </configuration>
        </plugin>
    </plugins>
</build>

Next, I would recommend making this a natural part of your build, rather than something to call explicitly. To make this a integral part of your build, add this plugin to your pom.xml and bind it to the package lifecycle event. However, a gotcha is that you need to call the assembly:single goal if putting this in your pom.xml, while you would call 'assembly:assembly' if executing it manually from the command line.

<project>
  [...]
  <build>
      <plugins>
          <plugin>
              <artifactId>maven-assembly-plugin</artifactId>
              <configuration>
                  <archive>
                      <manifest>
                          <addClasspath>true</addClasspath>
                          <mainClass>fully.qualified.MainClass</mainClass>
                      </manifest>
                  </archive>
                  <descriptorRefs>
                      <descriptorRef>jar-with-dependencies</descriptorRef>
                  </descriptorRefs>
              </configuration>
              <executions>
                  <execution>
                      <id>make-my-jar-with-dependencies</id>
                      <phase>package</phase>
                      <goals>
                          <goal>single</goal>
                      </goals>
                  </execution>
              </executions>
          </plugin>
      [...]
      </plugins>
    [...]
  </build>
</project>

The maven-assembly-plugin worked great for me. I spent hours with the maven-dependency-plugin and couldn't make it work. The main reason was that I had to define in the configuration section explicitly the artifact items which should be included as it is described in the documentation. There is an example there for the cases when you want to use it like: mvn dependency:copy, where there are not included any artifactItems but it doesn't work.


This could also be an option,You will be able to build your jar file

<build>
    <plugins>
        <plugin>
            <!-- Build an executable JAR -->
            <groupId>org.apache.maven.plugins</groupId>
            <artifactId>maven-jar-plugin</artifactId>
            <version>2.4</version>
            <configuration>
                <archive>
                    <manifest>
                        <addClasspath>true</addClasspath>
                        <classpathPrefix>lib/</classpathPrefix>
                        <mainClass>WordListDriver</mainClass>
                    </manifest>
                </archive>
            </configuration>
        </plugin>
    </plugins>
</build>

This is the best way i found:

  <plugin>
    <groupId>org.apache.maven.plugins</groupId>
    <artifactId>maven-jar-plugin</artifactId>
    <version>2.4</version>
    <configuration>
      <archive>
        <manifest>
        <addClasspath>true</addClasspath>
        <mainClass>com.myDomain.etc.MainClassName</mainClass>
        <classpathPrefix>dependency-jars/</classpathPrefix>
        </manifest>
      </archive>
    </configuration>
  </plugin>
  <plugin>
    <groupId>org.apache.maven.plugins</groupId>
    <artifactId>maven-dependency-plugin</artifactId>
    <version>2.5.1</version>
    <executions>
      <execution>
        <id>copy-dependencies</id>
        <phase>package</phase>
        <goals>
            <goal>copy-dependencies</goal>
        </goals>
        <configuration>
            <outputDirectory>
               ${project.build.directory}/dependency-jars/
            </outputDirectory>
        </configuration>
      </execution>
    </executions>
  </plugin>

With this configuration, all dependencies will be located in /dependency-jars. My application has no Main class, just context ones, but one of my dependencies do have a Main class (com.myDomain.etc.MainClassName) that starts the JMX server, and receives a start or a stop parameter. So with this i was able to start my application like this:

java -jar ./lib/TestApp-1.0-SNAPSHOT.jar start

I wait it be useful for you all.


Use onejar plugin to build it as one executable jar file which packages all the dependancy jars in it. That solved my problem which was similar to this. When assembly plugin was used, it unpacked all the dependancy jars into source folder and repackage them as a jar, it had over written all the similar implementations I had inside my code which were having the same class names. onejar is an easy solution in here.


Use the maven-shade-plugin to package all dependencies into one uber-jar. It can also be used to build an executable jar by specifying the main class. After trying to use maven-assembly and maven-jar , I found that this plugin best suited my needs.

I found this plugin particularly useful as it merges content of specific files instead of overwriting them. This is needed when there are resource files that are have the same name across the jars and the plugin tries to package all the resource files

See example below

      <plugins>
    <!-- This plugin provides the capability to package the artifact in an uber-jar, including its dependencies and to shade - i.e. rename - the packages of some of the dependencies. -->
        <plugin>
            <groupId>org.apache.maven.plugins</groupId>
            <artifactId>maven-shade-plugin</artifactId>
            <version>1.4</version>
            <executions>
                <execution>
                    <phase>package</phase>
                    <goals>
                        <goal>shade</goal>
                    </goals>
                    <configuration>
                        <artifactSet>
                        <!-- signed jars-->
                            <excludes>
                                <exclude>bouncycastle:bcprov-jdk15</exclude>
                            </excludes>
                        </artifactSet>

                         <transformers>
                            <transformer
                                implementation="org.apache.maven.plugins.shade.resource.ManifestResourceTransformer">
                                <!-- Main class -->
                                <mainClass>com.main.MyMainClass</mainClass>
                            </transformer>
                            <!-- Use resource transformers to prevent file overwrites -->
                            <transformer 
                                 implementation="org.apache.maven.plugins.shade.resource.AppendingTransformer">
                                <resource>properties.properties</resource>
                            </transformer>
                            <transformer
                                implementation="org.apache.maven.plugins.shade.resource.XmlAppendingTransformer">
                                <resource>applicationContext.xml</resource>
                            </transformer>
                            <transformer
                                implementation="org.apache.maven.plugins.shade.resource.AppendingTransformer">
                                <resource>META-INF/cxf/cxf.extension</resource>
                            </transformer>
                            <transformer
                                implementation="org.apache.maven.plugins.shade.resource.XmlAppendingTransformer">
                                <resource>META-INF/cxf/bus-extensions.xml</resource>
                            </transformer>
                     </transformers>
                    </configuration>
                </execution>
            </executions>
        </plugin>

    </plugins>


You can use maven-dependency-plugin, but the question was how to create an executable JAR. To do that requires the following alteration to Matthew Franglen's response (btw, using the dependency plugin takes longer to build when starting from a clean target):

<build>
    <plugins>
        <plugin>
            <artifactId>maven-jar-plugin</artifactId>
            <configuration>
                <archive>
                    <manifest>
                        <mainClass>fully.qualified.MainClass</mainClass>
                    </manifest>
                </archive>
            </configuration>
        </plugin>
        <plugin>
            <artifactId>maven-dependency-plugin</artifactId>
            <executions>
                <execution>
                    <id>unpack-dependencies</id>
                    <phase>package</phase>
                    <goals>
                        <goal>unpack-dependencies</goal>
                    </goals>
                </execution>
            </executions>
        </plugin>
    </plugins>
    <resources>
        <resource>
            <directory>${basedir}/target/dependency</directory>
        </resource>
    </resources>
</build>

You can use the dependency-plugin to generate all dependencies in a separate directory before the package phase and then include that in the classpath of the manifest:

<plugin>
    <groupId>org.apache.maven.plugins</groupId>
    <artifactId>maven-dependency-plugin</artifactId>
    <executions>
        <execution>
            <id>copy-dependencies</id>
            <phase>prepare-package</phase>
            <goals>
                <goal>copy-dependencies</goal>
            </goals>
            <configuration>
                <outputDirectory>${project.build.directory}/lib</outputDirectory>
                <overWriteReleases>false</overWriteReleases>
                <overWriteSnapshots>false</overWriteSnapshots>
                <overWriteIfNewer>true</overWriteIfNewer>
            </configuration>
        </execution>
    </executions>
</plugin>
<plugin>
    <groupId>org.apache.maven.plugins</groupId>
    <artifactId>maven-jar-plugin</artifactId>
    <configuration>
        <archive>
            <manifest>
                <addClasspath>true</addClasspath>
                <classpathPrefix>lib/</classpathPrefix>
                <mainClass>theMainClass</mainClass>
            </manifest>
        </archive>
    </configuration>
</plugin>

Alternatively use ${project.build.directory}/classes/lib as OutputDirectory to integrate all jar-files into the main jar, but then you will need to add custom classloading code to load the jars.


You could combine the maven-shade-plugin and maven-jar-plugin.

  • The maven-shade-plugin packs your classes and all dependencies in a single jar file.
  • Configure the maven-jar-plugin to specify the main class of your executable jar (see Set Up The Classpath, chapter "Make The Jar Executable").

Example POM configuration for maven-jar-plugin:

        <plugin>
            <groupId>org.apache.maven.plugins</groupId>
            <artifactId>maven-jar-plugin</artifactId>
            <version>2.3.2</version>
            <configuration>
                <archive>
                    <manifest>
                        <addClasspath>true</addClasspath>
                        <mainClass>com.example.MyMainClass</mainClass>
                    </manifest>
                </archive>
            </configuration>
        </plugin>

Finally create the executable jar by invoking:

mvn clean package shade:shade




executable-jar