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We have several parent poms. They pre-configure a whole array of things, from plugin versions to deployment on our infrastructure. They should be used:

  • By all public and internal projects at Magnolia
  • Optionally by Forge projects

There is no compelling reason to use these for external (i.e not developed or hosted at Magnolia) projects.


Your project should define its own groupId. In the past, our parent poms were using info.magnolia, which led to a lot of pollution of this namespace. The poms now have their own groupId.


There are some case where we have to (or had) pass arguments to the release plugin and its forken Maven processes. As from version 30, doing -Darguments=fooBar won't work anymore, due to how we configured the staging profile. Use -DadditionalReleaseArguments instead.


There are a number of properties that can be overriden by projects; here's a current list with default values and explanations. There are actually more properties than those listed below; do mvn help:effective-pom if you're curious. Those listed below are the properties that are actually meant for projects to override.

<!-- Production code; used for -source and -target -->

<!-- Defaults to ${javaVersion}, used to tests only -->

<!-- By default, SCM tags will be prefixed with the project's artifactId. Typically, in a
     multi-module project, you'll want to override this property to have more appropriate scm tags
     (e.g "foo-1.2.3" instead of "foo-parent-1.2.3") -->

<!-- These get overriden by our specialized parent poms to deploy releases to the appropriate repositories.
     The only case where a project would need to change this is if the project _was_ public and enters maintenance mode.
     In that case, set:
     (See -->

<!-- To enable or disable specific profiles during releases, use this property. It is to enable-clover by default. Keep in mind this only works when set on a whole project, not on sub-modules. -->
<!-- Use -DadditionalReleaseArguments instead of -Darguments to pass arguments to the release Maven forks -->
<additionalReleaseArguments />

<!-- Staging is enabled by default for the community and enterprise poms.
     To enable or disable it, set the following 3 properties need to be set accordingly (thanks Maven for the absence of boolean logic in property substitution) -->
<nexusStagingProfileId />

<!-- The coverage the build needs to reach to pass. -->
<!-- Ignore getter and setters by default. -->
<!-- To skip Clover in all builds, set the following property to false. Works at sub-module level, but does not prevent Clover from forking a lifecycle. -->

<!-- Set this property to false to build and attach test and test-sources jars.
     This sounds like a double-negative, but much like the disableNexusStaging/enableNexusStaging properties,
     this is due to Maven's inability to "process" properties; we can't do ${!buildTestJar}, for example.
     Both plugins involved (jar-plugin and source-plugin) use a "skip" property, so.. that's it.
     Mojo's build-helper plugin doesn't seem to be able to help either, presumably because it's too late
     to reconfigure said plugins.

<!-- Set this property to ${asciidoclet}, ${standardDoclet}, or any other Javadoc Doclet class.
     Don't forget the ${} around the property name you're referring to ! -->
<!-- The real name of the doclet and the project is "Asciidoclet", but here's an opinionated choice: I find it less confusing and more consistent to call this property "Asciidoc Doclet": -->
<standardDoclet />
<!-- Value for javadoc's -Xdoclint option. Set to 'none' by default. Since this is only available on JDK8, this is only set via the jdk8 profile. -->

<!-- -D properties are normally not able to override plugin configuration from pom.xml. With these, we work around this limitation. -->
<!-- Used in various other properties and plugin configurations; one of dual, mit, cpal, mna,
     generic (avoid the latter). Our specialized parent poms already override this property. -->
<!-- Additionally, you might want to change the below if you provide your own README.txt templates,
     checkstyle configuration etc -->
<!-- If you want to use the default Checkstyle rules but ignore the license header (don't): -->
<!-- <checkstyleHeader>magnolia-build-resources/license-header-ignored.regex</checkstyleHeader> -->

<!-- Set this to the ID of one of Maven's default assemblies or one provided by
     info.magnolia.maven.assemblies:magnolia-maven-bundle-assemblies. If you need another assembly,
     you're probably better off skipping the default assembly and re-configuring the plugin. -->

<!-- This property can be used by certain bundles to drive the contents of the README.txt from
     magnolia-build-resources; currently only "tomcat-bundle" is recognized. -->

<!-- Projects can use or try a newer version of our site skin. -->

<!-- Used for site generation; this is our generic "nexus" GA property. -->

Other available properties

There are also a couple of properties that projects can use to further configure plugins or resource filtering:

  • ${parsedVersion} and ${javaVersion.XXX}: the parsed version for current project's version, and the current project's value for <javaVersion>, respectively. This means one can use ${parsedVersion.majorVersion} to get 5 if <version> is 5.4.2-m2, for example. For details, see the ParseVersion mojo of the build helper plugin. (since v31)
  • ${buildScmRevisionNumber} and ${buildScmBranch} contain the current Git hash and branch name, respectively. The plugin is pre-configured in our parent poms, but not executed by default, so you need to enable it with the following snippet in your <build><plugins> section: 



The parent poms declare a default location for generated sites which works for single module projects. If you have a multi-module project, you have to define the following in your pom. It seems silly, but this solves a number of issues with how Maven generated/resolves URLs for sites.



For Community modules, please use this snippet instead (note the /modules/ path element)


... where <name-of-choice> will typically be the same as the scmTagPrefix property. (current examples: standard-templating-kit, magnolia-ldap, ...) We can unfortunately not avoid this re-configuration by using this property in the parent's url, because its usage is precisely done to avoid the same issues as those we have with the site deployment: its default value is project.artifactId($-prefixed properties are subsituted when the pom is computed, as opposed to @-prefixed properties, which are substituted at runtime but are specific to the release-plugin)

At the time of writing, we are +/- consistently using ${project.version} for all sites, while the ${project.artifactId} is used similarly to the scmTagPrefix property: for multi-module, it sometimes makes sense to "hardcode" the path here instead of using the artfiactId.

Due to how our parent poms are configured (because we want to deploy sites in a directory named after the project's version), combined with Maven's URL generation/resolving, sites get deployed in what seems like an unnecessary directory: the website for foobar-1.0 will get deployed under

While that's fine for single-module projects, it's not so good for multi-module projects, because their modules are then seemingly spread around:,, and so on ...

More details: BUILD-114 - Getting issue details... STATUS

Assemblies, bundles

If your project needs to generate a "bundle" (.zip / .tgz), we have a default configuration for the assembly plugin. Pasting the following in your pom should be enough:


This will generate a tgz and zip containing your project and it's compiled-scoped dependencies.

In the case of multi-module projects, we typically do this in a dedicated submodule. In this case, you also need to set the assembly-plugin's appendAssemblyId property to false (or you'll likely end up with a file name


If you need to use a different assembly descriptor, you can set the <defaultAssemblyDescriptor> property, but we'd rather you configure the assembly plugin explicitly:

        <!-- First, disable the default-assembly execution : -->
        <!-- Then configure your own : -->


Some profiles are pre-configured in our parent poms. Some are used "behind the scenes", and are not likely to be useful when invoking Maven yourself:

  • release-perform-profile. Used by/for the release plugin. Stay away.
  • continuous-integration. Activated on Jenkins/Hudson. Could be useful to debunk some hairy situations, but use with caution; could have unwanted side-effects on your local install.
  • magnolia-maintenance-mode. This profile doesn't work with Maven 3, and has been removed from our parent poms since v31. See Maintenance mode and releases.

Some could be, though:

  • show-compiler-warnings - naming should be explicit
  • enable-clover - the profile is enabled automatically on Jenkins but can also be used manually. Is also enabled during releases. Generating sites also uses Clover but not via this particular profile.
  • jrebel - generates jrebel.xml files for your project. Recent version of the IDE plugins take care of this AFAIK, but some might still need it.
  • staging - see Staging releases.
  • purge-magnolia-deps - do mvn -P purge-magnolia-deps clean to remove all dependencies (transitive ones too) of the info.magnolia* groupIds. To be able to resolve them correctly, Maven needs to download all of them first, so if you're depending on snapshots and/or haven't built the project completely yet, this might create a lot of unnecessary traffic. Sometimes, rm -rf ~/.m2/repository/info/magnolia works just as well (big grin).


By default, Clover is only enabled during the perform phase of the release plugin. It is also enabled on Jenkins by default, via the BUILD_NUMBER system properties that Jenkins sets up. To disable it, set the skipClover property to true in the appropriate pom's <properties> section.

This should also work for certain submodules of a multi-module project (such as module bundles - no code, nothing to check coverage for), or entire projects (i.e ce-bundle or ee-bundle).

To disable it on Jenkins, negate the enable-clover profile in the job settings with -P !enable-clover.

Pre-configured plugins

Many plugins are pre-configured in our parent POMs. Here's a rundown of a few noticeable items

  • enforcer: is configured to enforce correct Maven versions, have all plugins with a specified version, ...
  • deploy: the deploy plugin is now configured to “deploy at end”, which means all your project’s artifacts will be uploaded together at the end of a successful build.
  • install: likewise, the install plugin is now configured to “install at end". A reactor build failing halfway will result in no artifacts being copied to your local Maven repository.
  • animer sniffer: pre-configured to use signatures derived from your javaVersion property.


The coordinates of our poms have changed with version 30. Below are the <parent> snippets you can use:

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