Create Maven Archetype



  • Created the project to be used as the source and checked into GitHub under the archetype repo.
  • from command line: mvn archetype:create-from-project
  • Check the following:
    • If you want default groupId or whatever, add this to the archetype-thingy
  • cd to the root of the archetype (target/generated-sources/archetype)
  • run "mvn install"
  • Try out the archetype: mvn archetype:generate -DarchetypeCatalog=local


  • learned that because my project name matched one of the dependencies (mgwt & mgwt), there were problems generating appropriate dependencies in the newly built project.
  • It was good to perform a maven clean before creating the archetype.
  • I had run the generate-sources target after cleaning just so a few dependencies would not leave a project with errors upon creation out of the archetype.
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