Chapter 33. The Maven Plugin

Table of Contents

33.1. Usage
33.2. Tasks
33.3. Dependency management
33.4. Convention properties
33.5. Convention methods
33.6. Interacting with Maven repositories

This chapter is a work in progress

The Maven plugin adds support for deploying artifacts to Maven repositories.

33.1. Usage

To use the Maven plugin, include the following in your build script:

Example 33.1. Using the Maven plugin

build.gradle

apply plugin: 'maven'

33.2. Tasks

The Maven plugin defines the following tasks:

Table 33.1. Maven plugin - tasks

Task name Depends on Type Description

install

All tasks that build the associated archives.

Upload

Installs the associated artifacts to the local Maven cache, including Maven metadata generation. By default the install task is associated with the archives configuration. This configuration has by default only the default jar as an element. To learn more about installing to the local repository, see: Section 33.6.3, “Installing to the local repository”

33.3. Dependency management

The Maven plugin does not define any dependency configurations.

33.4. Convention properties

The Maven plugin defines the following convention properties:

Table 33.2. Maven plugin - properties

Property name Type Default value Description

mavenPomDir

File

${project.buildDir}/poms

The directory where the generated POMs are written to.

conf2ScopeMappings

Conf2ScopeMappingContainer

n/a

Instructions for mapping Gradle configurations to Maven scopes. See the section called “Dependency mapping”.

These properties are provided by a MavenPluginConvention convention object.

33.5. Convention methods

The maven plugin provides a factory method for creating a POM. This is useful if you need a POM without the context of uploading to a Maven repo.

Example 33.2. Creating a standalone pom.

build.gradle

task writeNewPom {
    doLast {
        pom {
            project {
                inceptionYear '2008'
                licenses {
                    license {
                        name 'The Apache Software License, Version 2.0'
                        url 'http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0.txt'
                        distribution 'repo'
                    }
                }
            }
        }.writeTo("$buildDir/newpom.xml")
    }
}

Amongst other things, Gradle supports the same builder syntax as polyglot Maven. To learn more about the Gradle Maven POM object, see MavenPom. See also: MavenPluginConvention

33.6. Interacting with Maven repositories

33.6.1. Introduction

With Gradle you can deploy to remote Maven repositories or install to your local Maven repository. This includes all Maven metadata manipulation and works also for Maven snapshots. In fact, Gradle’s deployment is 100 percent Maven compatible as we use the native Maven Ant tasks under the hood.

Deploying to a Maven repository is only half the fun if you don’t have a POM. Fortunately Gradle can generate this POM for you using the dependency information it has.

33.6.2. Deploying to a Maven repository

Let’s assume your project produces just the default jar file. Now you want to deploy this jar file to a remote Maven repository.

Example 33.3. Upload of file to remote Maven repository

build.gradle

apply plugin: 'maven'

uploadArchives {
    repositories {
        mavenDeployer {
            repository(url: "file://localhost/tmp/myRepo/")
        }
    }
}

That is all. Calling the uploadArchives task will generate the POM and deploys the artifact and the POM to the specified repository.

There is more work to do if you need support for protocols other than file. In this case the native Maven code we delegate to needs additional libraries. Which libraries are needed depends on what protocol you plan to use. The available protocols and the corresponding libraries are listed in Table 33.3, “Protocol jars for Maven deployment” (those libraries have transitive dependencies which have transitive dependencies).[18] For example, to use the ssh protocol you can do:

Example 33.4. Upload of file via SSH

build.gradle

configurations {
    deployerJars
}

repositories {
    mavenCentral()
}

dependencies {
    deployerJars "org.apache.maven.wagon:wagon-ssh:2.2"
}

uploadArchives {
    repositories.mavenDeployer {
        configuration = configurations.deployerJars
        repository(url: "scp://repos.mycompany.com/releases") {
            authentication(userName: "me", password: "myPassword")
        }
    }
}

There are many configuration options for the Maven deployer. The configuration is done via a Groovy builder. All the elements of this tree are Java beans. To configure the simple attributes you pass a map to the bean elements. To add bean elements to its parent, you use a closure. In the example above repository and authentication are such bean elements. Table 33.4, “Configuration elements of the MavenDeployer” lists the available bean elements and a link to the Javadoc of the corresponding class. In the Javadoc you can see the possible attributes you can set for a particular element.

In Maven you can define repositories and optionally snapshot repositories. If no snapshot repository is defined, releases and snapshots are both deployed to the repository element. Otherwise snapshots are deployed to the snapshotRepository element.

Table 33.3. Protocol jars for Maven deployment

Protocol Library

http

org.apache.maven.wagon:wagon-http:2.2

ssh

org.apache.maven.wagon:wagon-ssh:2.2

ssh-external

org.apache.maven.wagon:wagon-ssh-external:2.2

ftp

org.apache.maven.wagon:wagon-ftp:2.2

webdav

org.apache.maven.wagon:wagon-webdav:1.0-beta-2

file

-

33.6.3. Installing to the local repository

The Maven plugin adds an install task to your project. This task depends on all the archives task of the archives configuration. It installs those archives to your local Maven repository. If the default location for the local repository is redefined in a Maven settings.xml, this is considered by this task.

33.6.4. Maven POM generation

When deploying an artifact to a Maven repository, Gradle automatically generates a POM for it. The groupId, artifactId, version and packaging elements used for the POM default to the values shown in the table below. The dependency elements are created from the project’s dependency declarations.

Table 33.5. Default Values for Maven POM generation

Maven Element Default Value

groupId

project.group

artifactId

uploadTask.repositories.mavenDeployer.pom.artifactId (if set) or archiveTask.baseName.

version

project.version

packaging

archiveTask.extension

Here, uploadTask and archiveTask refer to the tasks used for uploading and generating the archive, respectively (for example uploadArchives and jar). archiveTask.baseName defaults to project.archivesBaseName which in turn defaults to project.name.

When you set the “archiveTask.baseName” property to a value other than the default, you’ll also have to set uploadTask.repositories.mavenDeployer.pom.artifactId to the same value. Otherwise, the project at hand may be referenced with the wrong artifact ID from generated POMs for other projects in the same build.

Generated POMs can be found in <buildDir>/poms. They can be further customized via the MavenPom API. For example, you might want the artifact deployed to the Maven repository to have a different version or name than the artifact generated by Gradle. To customize these you can do:

Example 33.5. Customization of pom

build.gradle

uploadArchives {
    repositories {
        mavenDeployer {
            repository(url: "file://localhost/tmp/myRepo/")
            pom.version = '1.0Maven'
            pom.artifactId = 'myMavenName'
        }
    }
}

To add additional content to the POM, the pom.project builder can be used. With this builder, any element listed in the Maven POM reference can be added.

Example 33.6. Builder style customization of pom

build.gradle

uploadArchives {
    repositories {
        mavenDeployer {
            repository(url: "file://localhost/tmp/myRepo/")
            pom.project {
                licenses {
                    license {
                        name 'The Apache Software License, Version 2.0'
                        url 'http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0.txt'
                        distribution 'repo'
                    }
                }
            }
        }
    }
}

Note: groupId, artifactId, version, and packaging should always be set directly on the pom object.

Example 33.7. Modifying auto-generated content

build.gradle

def installer = install.repositories.mavenInstaller
def deployer = uploadArchives.repositories.mavenDeployer

[installer, deployer]*.pom*.whenConfigured {pom ->
    pom.dependencies.find {dep -> dep.groupId == 'group3' && dep.artifactId == 'runtime' }.optional = true
}

If you have more than one artifact to publish, things work a little bit differently. See the section called “Multiple artifacts per project”.

To customize the settings for the Maven installer (see Section 33.6.3, “Installing to the local repository”), you can do:

Example 33.8. Customization of Maven installer

build.gradle

install {
    repositories.mavenInstaller {
        pom.version = '1.0Maven'
        pom.artifactId = 'myName'
    }
}

Multiple artifacts per project

Maven can only deal with one artifact per project. This is reflected in the structure of the Maven POM. We think there are many situations where it makes sense to have more than one artifact per project. In such a case you need to generate multiple POMs. In such a case you have to explicitly declare each artifact you want to publish to a Maven repository. The MavenDeployer and the MavenInstaller both provide an API for this:

Example 33.9. Generation of multiple poms

build.gradle

uploadArchives {
    repositories {
        mavenDeployer {
            repository(url: "file://localhost/tmp/myRepo/")
            addFilter('api') {artifact, file ->
                artifact.name == 'api'
            }
            addFilter('service') {artifact, file ->
                artifact.name == 'service'
            }
            pom('api').version = 'mySpecialMavenVersion'
        }
    }
}

You need to declare a filter for each artifact you want to publish. This filter defines a boolean expression for which Gradle artifact it accepts. Each filter has a POM associated with it which you can configure. To learn more about this have a look at PomFilterContainer and its associated classes.

Dependency mapping

The Maven plugin configures the default mapping between the Gradle configurations added by the Java and War plugin and the Maven scopes. Most of the time you don’t need to touch this and you can safely skip this section. The mapping works like the following. You can map a configuration to one and only one scope. Different configurations can be mapped to one or different scopes. You can also assign a priority to a particular configuration-to-scope mapping. Have a look at Conf2ScopeMappingContainer to learn more. To access the mapping configuration you can say:

Example 33.10. Accessing a mapping configuration

build.gradle

task mappings {
    doLast {
        println conf2ScopeMappings.mappings
    }
}

Gradle exclude rules are converted to Maven excludes if possible. Such a conversion is possible if in the Gradle exclude rule the group as well as the module name is specified (as Maven needs both in contrast to Ivy). Per-configuration excludes are also included in the Maven POM, if they are convertible.



[18] It is planned for a future release to provide out-of-the-box support for this