Apache Maven Shade Plugin

This plugin provides the capability to package the artifact in an uber-jar, including its dependencies and to shade - i.e. rename - the packages of some of the dependencies.

Goals Overview

The Shade Plugin has a single goal:

  • shade:shade is bound to the package phase and is used to create a shaded jar.


General instructions on how to use the Shade Plugin can be found on the usage page. Some more specific use cases are described in the examples given below.

In case you still have questions regarding the plugin's usage, please 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.

Version 3.2.0 Hints

If you like to use minimizeJar this means you have to use JDK8+. This is based on a required upgrade of dependencies.


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