7.2.2. Create an EJB Archive Project in Maven

This task demonstrates how to create a project using Maven that contains one or more enterprise beans packaged in a JAR file.


  • Maven is already installed.
  • You understand the basic usage of Maven.

Procedure 7.2. Create an EJB Archive project in Maven

  1. Create the Maven project

    An EJB project can be created using Maven's archetype system and the ejb-javaee6 archetype. To do this run the mvn command with parameters as shown:
     mvn archetype:generate -DarchetypeGroupId=org.codehaus.mojo.archetypes -DarchetypeArtifactId=ejb-javaee6 
    Maven will prompt you for the groupId, artifactId, version and package for your project.
    [localhost]$ mvn archetype:generate -DarchetypeGroupId=org.codehaus.mojo.archetypes -DarchetypeArtifactId=ejb-javaee6
    [INFO] Scanning for projects...
    [INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    [INFO] Building Maven Stub Project (No POM) 1
    [INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    [INFO] >>> maven-archetype-plugin:2.0:generate (default-cli) @ standalone-pom >>>
    [INFO] <<< maven-archetype-plugin:2.0:generate (default-cli) @ standalone-pom <<<
    [INFO] --- maven-archetype-plugin:2.0:generate (default-cli) @ standalone-pom ---
    [INFO] Generating project in Interactive mode
    [INFO] Archetype [org.codehaus.mojo.archetypes:ejb-javaee6:1.5] found in catalog remote
    Define value for property 'groupId': : com.shinysparkly
    Define value for property 'artifactId': : payment-arrangments
    Define value for property 'version':  1.0-SNAPSHOT: : 
    Define value for property 'package':  com.shinysparkly: : 
    Confirm properties configuration:
    groupId: com.company
    artifactId: payment-arrangments
    version: 1.0-SNAPSHOT
    package: com.company.collections
    Y: : 
    [INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    [INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    [INFO] Total time: 32.440s
    [INFO] Finished at: Mon Oct 31 10:11:12 EST 2011
    [INFO] Final Memory: 7M/81M
    [INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
  2. Add your enterprise beans

    Write your enterprise beans and add them to the project under the src/main/java directory in the appropriate sub-directory for the bean's package.
  3. Build the project

    To build the project, run the mvn package command in the same directory as the pom.xml file. This will compile the Java classes and package the JAR file. The built JAR file is named artifactId-version.jar and is placed in the target/ directory.
RESULT: You now have a Maven project that builds and packages a JAR file. This project can contain enterprise beans and the JAR file can be deployed to an application server.