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<title>Welcome to Apache Maven</title>
<author email="brett@apache.org">Brett Porter</author>
<author email="jason@takari.io">Jason van Zyl</author>
<author email="olamy@apache.org">Olivier Lamy</author>
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<section name="Welcome to Apache Maven">
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<p>
Apache Maven is a software project management and comprehension tool. Based on the concept of a project object model
(POM), Maven can manage a project's build, reporting and documentation from a central piece of information.
</p>
<p>
If you think that Maven could help your project, you can find out more information about in the "About Maven"
section of the navigation. This includes an in-depth description of <a href="what-is-maven.html">what Maven is</a>,
a <a href="maven-features.html">list of some of its main features</a>, and a set of <a href="general.html">frequently
asked questions about what Maven is</a>.
</p>
<p>
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This site is separated into the following sections, depending on how you'd like to use Maven:
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<th style="white-space:nowrap; font-weight: bold; font-size: 1.25em">Use</th>
<th style="white-space:nowrap; font-weight: bold; font-size: 1.25em">
<a href="download.html">Download</a>, <a href="install.html">Install</a>, <a href="run.html">Run</a> Maven
</th>
<th style="white-space:nowrap; font-weight: bold; font-size: 1.25em">
<a href="configure.html">Configure</a>, <a href="users/index.html">Use</a> Maven and <a href="plugins/index.html">Maven Plugins</a>
</th>
</tr>
<tr>
<td></td>
<td>Information for those needing to build a project that uses Maven</td>
<td>
Information for those wanting to use Maven to build their project, including a "10 minute test" that gives a
practical overview of Maven's main features in just 10 minutes and <a href="plugins/index.html">plugin list</a>
for more information on each plugin
</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<th style="white-space:nowrap; font-weight: bold; font-size: 1.25em">Extend</th>
<th style="white-space:nowrap; font-weight: bold; font-size: 1.25em"><a href="plugin-developers/index.html">Write Maven Plugins</a></th>
<th style="white-space:nowrap; font-weight: bold; font-size: 1.25em"><a href="repository/index.html">Improve the Maven Central Repository</a></th>
</tr>
<tr>
<td></td>
<td>
Information for those who want to provide a Maven plugin for shared
functionality or to accompany their own product or toolset
</td>
<td>
Information for those who may or may not use Maven, but are interested in getting project metadata into the
<a href="repository/index.html">central repository</a>
</td>
</tr>
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<th style="white-space:nowrap; font-weight: bold; font-size: 1.25em">Contribute</th>
<th style="white-space:nowrap; font-weight: bold; font-size: 1.25em"><a href="guides/development/guide-helping.html">Help Maven</a></th>
<th style="white-space:nowrap; font-weight: bold; font-size: 1.25em"><a href="developers/index.html">Develop Maven</a></th>
</tr>
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<td>
Information if you'd like to get involved: Maven is an open source community and welcomes contributions.
</td>
<td>
Information for those who are currently developers, or who are interested
in contributing to the Maven project itself
</td>
</tr>
</table>
<p>
Each guide is divided into a number of trails to get you started on a particular topic, and includes a
reference area and a "cookbook" of common examples.
</p>
<p>
You can access the guides at any time from the left navigation.
If you are looking for a quick reference, you can use the <a href="guides/index.html">documentation index</a>.
</p>
<h3>How to Get Support</h3>
<p>
Support for Maven is available in a variety of different forms.
</p>
<p>
To get started, search the documentation,
<a href="issue-management.html">issue management system</a>, the <a href="https://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/MAVEN">wiki</a>
or the <a href="mailing-lists.html">mailing list archives</a> to
see if the problem has been solved or reported before.
</p>
<p>
If the problem has not been reported before, the recommended way to get help is to
subscribe to the <a href="mailing-lists.html">Maven Users Mailing list</a>. Many other users and Maven developers
will answer your questions there, and the answer will be archived for others in the future.
</p>
<p>
You can also reach the Maven developers on <a href="community.html">IRC</a>.
</p>
<h3>Apache Software Foundation</h3>
<p>
Maven is a part of the Apache Software Foundation. We'd like to <a href="https://www.apache.org/foundation/thanks.html">thank
the sponsors</a> that provide financial assistance to the foundation. For more information on how you can support the
foundation, see the <a href="https://www.apache.org/foundation/sponsorship.html">sponsorship</a> page.
</p>
<p>
<a href="https://www.apache.org/events/current-event.html">
<img src="https://www.apache.org/events/current-event-234x60.png" alt="Apache Events" style="vertical-align: text-top"/>
</a>
You can also attend <a href="https://www.apache.org/events/current-event.html">Apache Events</a>: don't hesitate to ask on the <a href="mailing-lists.html">Maven User mailing list</a>
if Maven team members will be there, it can be a great opportunity to meet them.
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