Maven template to create a new Adobe Experience Manager (AEM) project as starting point to develop your own functionality
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AEM project archetype

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This archetype creates a minimal Adobe Experience Manager project as a starting point for your own projects. The properties that must be provided when using this archetype allow to name as desired all parts of this project.

See the Getting Started with AEM Sites - WKND Tutorial on the Adobe Help Center website for an example of how to use it.

This project has a number features that are intended to offer a convenient starting point for new projects:

  • 2 Pages

    • English and French pages with example content
  • One content template based on the editable template feature

    • Example content policy
  • Page component

    • Based on the page AEM Core WCM Component
    • customfooterlibs.html and customheaderlibs.html snippet to load additional JS and CSS clientlibs according to the {cssId} property
  • Content Components

    • Example: helloworld example of custom HTL component with SlingModels for the logic
    • breadcrumb, image, list, sharing, text and title use the latest released version of the AEM Core WCM Components with the recommended proxy pattern
  • Form Components

    • button, container, hidden, options and text based on the AEM Core WCM Components
  • Configurations

    • Device emulators displayed in the authoring interface
    • Allow direct drag & drop of assets from the content finder into layout container (6.3 TouchUI)
    • Dictionary structure for internationalizing hardcoded strings
  • Client libraries

    • CSS class names follow BEM naming conventions
    • Component-specific styles stored within each component
  • Bundle with some examples

    • Models: Models for more complex business logic of components
    • Servlets: Rendering the output of specific requests
    • Filters: Applied to the requests before dispatching to the servlet or script
    • Schedulers: Cron-job like tasks
  • Tests

    • Unit tests
    • Integration tests
    • Client-side Hobbes tests within developer mode

Provided Maven profiles

The generated maven project support different deployment profiles when running the Maven install goal mvn install within the reactor.

Id Description
autoInstallBundle Install core bundle with the maven-sling-plugin to the felix console
autoInstallPackage Install the ui.content and ui.apps content package with the content-package-maven-plugin to the package manager to default author instance on localhost, port 4502. Hostname and port can be changed with the and aem.port user defined properties.
autoInstallPackagePublish Install the ui.content and ui.apps content package with the content-package-maven-plugin to the package manager to default publish instance on localhost, port 4503. Hostname and port can be changed with the and aem.port user defined properties.

The profile integrationTests is also available for the verify goal, to run the provided integration tests on the AEM instance.


To use a released version of this archetype:

Either use the AEM Eclipse extension and follow the New Project wizard (choosing AEM Sample Multi-Module Project)...

Or use your mvn skills:

mvn org.apache.maven.plugins:maven-archetype-plugin:2.4:generate \
 -DarchetypeGroupId=com.adobe.granite.archetypes \
 -DarchetypeArtifactId=aem-project-archetype \
 -DarchetypeVersion=14 \

Where 14 is the archetype version number that you want to use (see archetype versions below).

Available properties

Name Description
groupId Base Maven groupId
artifactId Base Maven ArtifactId
version Version
package Java Source Package
appsFolderName /apps folder name
artifactName Maven Project Name
componentGroupName AEM component group name
contentFolderName /content folder name
confFolderName /conf folder name
cssId prefix used in generated css
packageGroup Content Package Group name
siteName AEM site name


The latest version of the archetype has the following requirements

  • Adobe Experience Manager 6.3 SP2 or higher
  • Apache Maven (3.3.9 or newer)

See below for support for older versions of AEM.

Archetype Version AEM Version
7 6.0 or newer
8 6.0 or newer
9 6.0 or newer
10 6.0 or newer
11 6.2 or newer
12 6.3 or newer
13 6.4, 6.3 + SP2
14 6.4, 6.3 + SP2


To compile and use an edge, local version of this archetype:

mvn clean install

Then change to the directory in which you want to create the project and run:

mvn archetype:generate \
 -DarchetypeGroupId=com.adobe.granite.archetypes \
 -DarchetypeArtifactId=aem-project-archetype \

Side note: The profile "adobe-public" must be activated when using profiles like "autoInstallPackage" mentioned above.