Maven Eclipse Plugin

The Eclipse Plugin is used to generate Eclipse IDE files (*.classpath, *.wtpmodules and the .settings folder) for use with a project.

Goals Overview

The Maven Eclipse Plugin has five goals:

  • eclipse:add-maven-repo is used to add the classpath variable MAVEN_REPO to Eclipse which points to your local repository.
  • eclipse:clean is used to delete the files used by the Eclipse IDE.
  • eclipse:eclipse generates the Eclipse configuration files.
  • eclipse:make-artifacts copies all Eclipse plugins from an installation directory to the local repository, generating POMs for each.
  • eclipse:install-plugins installs all resolved project dependencies of a particular type (usually 'eclipse-plugin') into the specified Eclipse installation directory.


Instructions on how to use the Eclipse Plugin can be found here .


To provide you with better understanding on some usages of the Eclipse Plugin, you can take a look into the following examples: