Add or install local jar files to the Maven Project

How to add or install local jar files to the Maven Project ?

This tutorial guides you on how to add or install local jar files to the Maven Project. Sometimes you may need to install third party JARs or local JARs to the Maven Project. Let’s see how to do that with example.

Add or install local jar files to the Maven Project


Add or install local jar files to the Maven Project

Let’s say for example, mvn install fails to install the specific version of Jakarta Activation jar lib, so that you have a local jar called “jakarta.activation-2.0.1.jar” in your local path C:\Users\91990\Documents\Sneppets\work.

Note, you need to download the specific version of third party library and keep that in some local path since it is not available in public repository like Maven Repository.

Let’s see how to install Jakarta Activation jar lib in the local .m2 repository.

Guide to – Manually add or install JARs

To install JAR in local repository Maven provides you the install-file goal option in the maven-install-plugin. The mvn command or syntax to install JAR in local repo is as follows.

mvn install:install-file \
   -Dfile=<path-to-file> \
   -DgroupId=<group-id> \
   -DartifactId=<artifact-id> \
   -Dversion=<version> \
   -Dpackaging=<packaging> \

Let’s see how to run the above command for our example JAR lib. Before you modify or update command specific to your JAR lib, you need to get the following details:

  • path-to-file is the path where you kept the third party JAR lib.
  • group-id, artifact-id, version details you need to get it from the following dependency info.

For example,

  • packaging is nothing but jar.

After getting the above details, modify the syntax as shown below using your JAR’s specifications. Now, the mvn command should look like below.

mvn install:install-file -Dfile=C:\Users990\Documents\Sneppets\work\jakarta.activation-2.0.1.jar -DgroupId=com.sun.activation -DartifactId=jakarta.activation -Dversion=2.0.1 -Dpackaging=jar -DgeneratePom=true

For instance, try to run the above command, you will see the following response.

> mvn install:install-file -Dfile=C:\Users990\Documents\Sneppets\work\jakarta.activation-2.0.1.jar -DgroupId=com.sun.activation -DartifactId=jakarta.activation -Dversion=2.0.1 -Dpackaging=jar -DgeneratePom=true
[INFO] Scanning for projects...
[INFO] ------------------< org.apache.maven:standalone-pom >-------------------
[INFO] Building Maven Stub Project (No POM) 1
[INFO] --------------------------------[ pom ]---------------------------------
[INFO] --- maven-install-plugin:2.4:install-file (default-cli) @ standalone-pom ---
[INFO] Installing C:\Users990\Documents\Sneppets\work\jakarta.activation-2.0.1.jar to C:\Users990\.m2\repository\com\sun\activation\jakarta.activation.0.1\jakarta.activation-2.0.1.jar
[INFO] Installing C:\Users990\AppData\Local\Temp\mvninstall17675878811172460539.pom to C:\Users990\.m2\repository\com\sun\activation\jakarta.activation.0.1\jakarta.activation-2.0.1.pom
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] Total time:  0.482 s
[INFO] Finished at: 2021-06-22T09:53:55+05:30
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------

That’s it. Therefore, the third party JAR lib is added/installed to your local .m2 repository and your Eclipse Maven Project can start using them. This is how you need to manually add JARs to your local repo.

Hope it is helpful 🙂

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