Apache Maven Patch Plugin

The Patch Plugin is used to apply patches to source files.

Goals Overview

The Patch Plugin has a single goal that can apply either a single declared patch or a directory of patches. Application of an entire patch directory can be configured with various patch-inclusion, -exclusion, and -ordering options:

  • patch:apply Applies one or more patches to project sources.


General instructions on how to use the Patch Plugin can be found on the usage page. Some more specific use cases are described in the examples given below. Last but not least, users occasionally contribute additional examples, tips or errata to the plugin's wiki page.

In case you still have questions regarding the plugin's usage, please have a look at the FAQ and feel free to contact the user mailing list. The posts to the mailing list are archived and could already contain the answer to your question as part of an older thread. Hence, it is also worth browsing/searching the mail archive.

If you feel like the plugin is missing a feature or has a defect, you can fill a feature request or bug report in our issue tracker. When creating a new issue, please provide a comprehensive description of your concern. Especially for fixing bugs it is crucial that the developers can reproduce your problem. For this reason, entire debug logs, POMs or most preferably little demo projects attached to the issue are very much appreciated. Of course, patches are welcome, too. Contributors can check out the project from our source repository and will find supplementary information in the guide to helping with Maven.


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