Maven Site Plugin 2

Important note: This is the last version of Maven Site Plugin 2.x. Please upgrade your project to use Maven Site Plugin 3.x. You can find the documentation here.

The Site Plugin is used to generate a site for the project. The generated site also includes the project's reports that were configured in the <reporting> section of the POM.

This is the site for version 2 of the maven-site-plugin. It requires at least Maven 2.2.0 to run.

Please read the migration guide if you want to upgrade from a previous version.

Goals Overview

The Site Plugin has seven goals:

  • site:site is used generate a site for a single project. Note that links between module sites in a multi module build will not work.
  • site:deploy is used to deploy the generated site using scp or file protocol to the site URL specified in the <distributionManagement> section of the POM.
  • site:run starts the site up, rendering documents as requested for faster editing. It uses Jetty as the web server.
  • site:stage generates a site in a local staging or mock directory based on the site URL specified in the <distributionManagement> section of the POM. It can be used to test that links between module sites in a multi module build works.
  • site:stage-deploy deploys the generated site to a staging or mock directory to the site URL specified in the <distributionManagement> section of the POM. It supports scp and file protocols for deployment.
  • site:attach-descriptor adds the site descriptor (site.xml) to the list of files to be installed/deployed. For more references of the site descriptor, here's a link.
  • site:jar bundles the site output into a JAR so that it can be deployed to a repository.
  • site:effective-site calculates the effective site descriptor, after inheritance and interpolation.


General instructions on how to use the Site 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.