Clean a Release

release:clean goal cleans up after a release preparation. This is done automatically after a successful release:perform, so is best served for cleaning up a failed or abandoned release, or a dry run.

Note that only the working copy is cleaned up, no previous steps are rolled back in SCM.

Cleaning a release goes through the following release phases:

  • Delete the release descriptor (
  • Delete any backup POM files

To clean a release execute this command:

mvn release:clean