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Sample AEM project template

This is a project template for AEM-based applications. It is intended as a best-practice set of examples as well as a potential starting point to develop your own functionality.


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.
  • it.tests: Java based integration tests
  • ui.apps: contains the /apps (and /etc) parts of the project, ie JS&CSS clientlibs, components, and templates
  • ui.content: contains sample content using the components from the ui.apps
  • ui.config: contains runmode specific OSGi configs for the project
  • ui.tests: Selenium based UI tests
  • all: a single content package that embeds all of the compiled modules (bundles and content packages) including any vendor dependencies
  • analyse: this module runs analysis on the project which provides additional validation for deploying into AEMaaCS

How to build

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

mvn clean install

To build all the modules and deploy the all package to a local instance of AEM, run in the project root directory the following command:

mvn clean install -PautoInstallSinglePackage

Or to deploy it to a publish instance, run

mvn clean install -PautoInstallSinglePackagePublish

Or alternatively

mvn clean install -PautoInstallSinglePackage -Daem.port=4503

Or to deploy only the bundle to the author, run

mvn clean install -PautoInstallBundle

Or to deploy only a single content package, run in the sub-module directory (i.e ui.apps)

mvn clean install -PautoInstallPackage


There are three levels of testing contained in the project:

Unit tests

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

mvn clean test

Integration tests

This allows running integration tests that exercise the capabilities of AEM via HTTP calls to its API. To run the integration tests, run:

mvn clean verify -Plocal

Test classes must be saved in the src/main/java directory (or any of its subdirectories), and must be contained in files matching the pattern *

The configuration provides sensible defaults for a typical local installation of AEM. If you want to point the integration tests to different AEM author and publish instances, you can use the following system properties via Maven's -D flag.

Property Description Default value URL of the author instance http://localhost:4502 Admin user for the author instance admin Password of the admin user for the author instance admin
it.publish.url URL of the publish instance http://localhost:4503
it.publish.user Admin user for the publish instance admin
it.publish.password Password of the admin user for the publish instance admin

The integration tests in this archetype use the AEM Testing Clients and showcase some recommended best practices to be put in use when writing integration tests for AEM.

Static Analysis

The analyse module performs static analysis on the project for deploying into AEMaaCS. It is automatically run when executing

mvn clean install

from the project root directory. Additional information about this analysis and how to further configure it can be found here

UI tests

They will test the UI layer of your AEM application using Selenium technology.

To run them locally:

mvn clean verify -Pui-tests-local-execution

This default command requires:

  • an AEM author instance available at http://localhost:4502 (with the whole project built and deployed on it, see How to build section above)
  • Chrome browser installed at default location

Check README file in ui.tests module for more details.


The frontend module is made available using an AEM ClientLib. When executing the NPM build script, the app is built and the aem-clientlib-generator package takes the resulting build output and transforms it into such a ClientLib.

A ClientLib will consist of the following files and directories:

  • css/: CSS files which can be requested in the HTML
  • css.txt (tells AEM the order and names of files in css/ so they can be merged)
  • js/: JavaScript files which can be requested in the HTML
  • js.txt (tells AEM the order and names of files in js/ so they can be merged
  • resources/: Source maps, non-entrypoint code chunks (resulting from code splitting), static assets (e.g. icons), etc.

Maven settings

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


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