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We.Retail is no longer supported, the WKND Guide is the replacement reference site for Adobe Experience Manager.


The main parts of the template are:

  • core: Java bundle containing all core functionality like OSGi services, listeners or schedulers, as well as component-related Java code such as servlets or request filters.
  • ui.apps: contains the /apps (and /etc) parts of the project, ie JS&CSS clientlibs, components, templates, runmode specific configs as well as Hobbes-tests
  • ui.content: contains sample content using the components from the ui.apps
  • it.tests: Java bundle containing JUnit tests that are executed server-side. This bundle is not to be deployed onto production.
  • it.launcher: contains glue code that deploys the ui.tests bundle (and dependent bundles) to the server and triggers the remote JUnit execution
  • all: additional module to build a single package embedding ui.apps and ui.content

How to Build

To build all the modules run in the project root directory the following command with Maven 3:

mvn clean install

If you have a running AEM instance you can build and package the whole project and deploy into AEM with

mvn clean install -PautoInstallPackage

Or to deploy it to a publish instance, run

mvn clean install -PautoInstallPackagePublish

Or to deploy only the bundle to the author, run

mvn clean install -PautoInstallBundle

To build a single package

mvn clean install -PbuildSinglePackage

To install single package on an AEM instance

mvn clean install -PbuildSinglePackage -PautoInstallSinglePackage


This project relies on the unobfuscated AEM 6.2 cq-quickstart. This is not publicly available from and must be manually downloaded from After downloading the file (cq-quickstart-6.2.0-apis.jar), you must install it into your local Maven repository with this command:

mvn install:install-file -Dfile=cq-quickstart-6.2.0-apis.jar -DartifactId=cq-quickstart -Dversion=6.2.0 -Dclassifier=apis -Dpackaging=jar


There are three levels of testing contained in the project:

  • unit test in core: this show-cases classic unit testing of the code contained in the bundle. To test, execute:

    mvn clean test

  • server-side integration tests: this allows to run unit-like tests in the AEM-environment, ie on the AEM server. To test, execute:

    mvn clean integration-test -PintegrationTests

  • client-side Hobbes.js tests: JavaScript-based browser-side tests that verify browser-side behavior. To test:

    in the navigation, go the 'Operations' section and open the 'Testing' console; the left panel will allow you to run your tests.

Maven Settings

The project comes with the auto-public repository configured. To setup the repository in your Maven settings, refer to:

Release History and System Requirements

The We.Retail reference site was first introduced in AEM 6.2. The following table gives an overview of the We.Retail releases and their system requirements:

We.Retail Date AEM We.Retail Commons Core Components Core Components Extension
4.0.0 26/feb/2019 4.0.0 2.3.0 1.0.10
3.0.0 06/mar/2018 3.0.0 2.0.4 1.0.0
2.0.4 04/aug/2017 2.0.0 1.0.6 Β N/A
1.0.0 05/jul/2016 1.0.0 N/A N/A

For a full list of minimum system requirements for historical versions of the Core Components, see Historical System Requirements.

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