A Maven Parent POM that provide common build and release features using the Symphony Software Foundation Infrastructure
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Symphony Software Foundation Parent POM

This Maven POM aims to provide common functionalities to Maven projects hosted by the Symphony Software Foundation.


Simply define the following <parent> in your pom.xml:


If you want to use a SNAPSHOT version (ie 8-SNAPSHOT), make sure to add the following repository in your pom.xml.



  • Plugin Management for the most common Maven functionalities
  • Simple artifact deployment and release on Maven Central and Github (releases project page)
  • Site (documentation) generation on Github Wiki (WIP)
  • Enforcing rules to validate the Foundation code acceptance criteria
  • Attaching sources to generate and upload artifacts containing current project's source code
  • versioneye.com integration for security and licensing validation
  • sonarqube.com integration for code analytics
  • Travis CI integration for Continuous Integration
  • scan.coverity.com integration for security validation

Plugin Management

  • build/pluginManagement/plugins lists all plugins and sets their latest versions; versions will need to be kept up to date
  • maven-compiler-plugin sets source and target compiler JDK version to 1.8; you can override it by setting the following properties
  • maven-javadoc-plugin generates Javadoc JAR (which gets deployed and released along with other artifacts) during each JAR project build
  • maven-remote-resources-plugin includes the contents of ssf-jar-resource-bundle (mostly licensing-related files) in each artifact that gets built
  • maven-source-plugin generates a JAR with the source code (which gets deployed and released along with other artifacts) during each JAR project build
  • nexus-staging-maven-plugin enables the deployment and release process against Sonatype OSS Repository (which is synced with Maven Central)

Enforcing rules

The current rules currently defined are:

  1. Use Maven 3.0 or greater
  2. Define a groupId that starts with org.symphonyoss or org.symphonyoss.

The Foundation rules are implemented as Maven Enforcer custom rules and the source code is available on GitHub; more rules will be added in the future.

Attach sources

By enabling the -Pattach-sources profile, the maven-source-plugin gets invoked and a JAR artifact containing the project's source code is created.

When enabled, the maven-install-plugin, maven-deploy-plugin and maven-release-plugin will take the source code JAR file in consideration and including in the respective plugin lifecycles.

versioneye.com Integration

versioneye.com notifies you about out-dated dependencies, security vulnerabilities and license violations in your Git repositories.

This Parent Pom uses and configures the Versioneye Maven Plugin to register and submit data to versioneye.

Enable Versioneye integration

  1. Define a VERSIONEYE_API_KEY=my_versioneye_api_key; you can find the API Key in your versioneye settings; if you use Travis CI, make sure you encrypt it using travis encrypt VERSIONEYE_API_KEY=my_versioneye_api_key and then pushing the secure token in your .travis.yml (check this .travis.yml as example)
  2. Add versioneye profile to your Maven command: mvn clean verify -Pversioneye; please note that the Maven will run versioneye during the verify phase (that is after package), therefore mvn clean package -Pversioneye won't work!

Additional configuration

You can tweak the following properties:

  • versioneye.trackPlugins : whether to track Maven plugin, defaults to false
  • versioneye.skipScopes : comma-separated list of Maven dependency scopes that must be ignored by versioneye; defaults to test,provided
  • versioneye.propertiesPath : located versioneye.properties file and defaults to ./src/main/resources/versioneye.properties

sonarqube.com Integration

The SonarQube® platform is an open source quality management platform, dedicated to continuously analyzing and measuring the technical quality of source code, from project portfolio down to the method level, and tracking the introduction of new Bugs, Vulnerabilities, and Code Smells in the Leak Period.

This Parent Pom uses and configures the Sonar Maven Plugin to submit data to SonarQube.

Enable SonarQube integration

  1. Request an invitation (send email to nemo AT sonarsource.com) to Sonarqube.com for the project, mentioning that the project belongs to the Symphony Software Foundation
  2. Define a SONAR_TOKEN=my_sonarqube_token; you can find the token in your Sonar security settings; as above, make sure to encrypt the variable if you're using Travis CI: travis encrypt SONAR_TOKEN=my_sonar_token
  3. Add sonar profile to your Maven command: mvn clean package -Psonar; the Sonar Plugin will run right after the package Maven phase is invoked

Travis CI Integration

Travis CI is a hosted, distributed continuous integration service used to build and test software projects hosted at GitHub.

The Foundation Parent Pom doesn't have (yet) any dependency or integration with Travis CI; to enable CI on a Foundation project:

  1. Drop a .travis.yml file in the root folder of your github repo (check this .travis.yml as sample)
  2. Register (using your Github account) on Travis CI and access your profile to enable (switch on) the github repository of your choice

scan.coverity.com Integration

Coverity Scan Static Analysis is used to find and fix defects in your Java, C/C++, C# or JavaScript open source project for free.

The Foundation Parent Pom doesn't have (yet) any dependency or integration with Coverity Scan; it's very simple to enable it using .travis.yml

Enable Coverity Scan integration

  1. Sign in Coverity Scan using Github
  2. Add a project
  3. Define a COVERITY_SCAN_TOKEN=coverity_project_token; you can find the token in the Coverity Project Settings page; as above, make sure to encrypt the variable if you're using Travis CI: travis encrypt COVERITY_SCAN_TOKEN=coverity_project_token

Whitesource integration

WhiteSource automatically identifies all the open source components and dependencies in your build by constant and automatic cross-referencing of your open source components against WhiteSource’s definitive database of open source repositories.

Whitesource provides a dedicated instance to validate and enforce quality, security and legal compliance for all Symphony Software Foundation hosted projects.

Enable Whitesource

In order to access the Whitesource dashboard and configure your build to submit metrics remotely, you first need to be invited - via email - by the Foundation Staff; open an INFRA issue with title "Request access to WhiteSource", where you specify the email address you'd like to use to login.

When logged in, you'll have access to the product and project dashboards, that can be used to check and tweak alerts.

In Maven, you can configure the following Whitesource parameters:

  • -Dwhitesource.org.token - specifies the Whitesource API Key to use, which represents the Whitesource Foundation account; Foundation Staff can configure this field on Travis CI or any other CI environment, but cannot redistribute the key in clear test. If present, the value will be taken from WHITESOURCE_TOKEN environment variable
  • -Dwhitesource.product - specifies the Whitesource product that contains the currently built project (or repository, in Github terms); default value is ${project.artifactId}
  • -Dwhitesource.checkPolicies - whether to check the current build against WhiteSource policies; default value is true
  • -Dwhitesource.failOnError - whether to trigger a BUILD ERROR if any policy violation is found; default value is true

Workstation setup


To launch the travis command locally, you must install the gem first: gem install travis

Maven deploy/release

In order to publish (Symphony Foundation) artifacts, it is necessary to sign in Sonatype OSS and configure your workstation (only the settings.xml part); we strongly advise to encrypt your Maven passwords.

You also need to install GnuPG; on OSX it is available on Homebrew with brew install gnupg gnupg2, although some issues were encountered using the GPG Maven Plugin. You can run gpg2 -q --sign to check your installation and validate your passphrase.

Before proceeding, please open a TASK issue on our INFRA Jira project, attaching the project name (github url) and your username on oss.sonatype.org; we will ask Sonatype - on your behalf - to grant you access to publish artifacts using org.symphonyoss groupId.

Github plugins configuration

To enable documentation publishing into github pages, you must enable the profile -Ppublish-site; to setup github credentials on your local workstation, follow the Maven github plugins configuration; bare in mind that <github.global.server>github</github.global.server> is already defined in this Parent Pom, but you can override it in your own pom, if you like

Artifact Deployment

Snapshot Deployment

Simply run

mvn clean deploy

This command will deploy the artifacts on Sonatype OSS Snapshot Repository

If you want to deploy site documentation, you can run

mvn site -Ppublish-site

Release Deployment

export GPG_TTY=$(tty)
mvn clean release:prepare release:perform -Prelease

This command will deploy the artifacts on Sonatype OSS Staging Repository and - by default - promote the artifacts to Maven Central; synchronisation happens once every day; the goals invoked during the release:perform phase are defined by <release.goals> property and is set by default to deploy.

During the build, the GPG plugin will request for your key passphrase; please refer to gpg2 to check your keys and test your passphrase using gpg2 -q --sign.

Please note that all the Maven logic related with a release is wrapped into a release profile, which is used by the maven-release-plugin when using release:perform goal, using the releaseProfiles property.

Known issues

If the release command fails with gpg: signing failed: Inappropriate ioctl for device, run export GPG_TTY=$(tty) and try again; more info on stackexchange.

export GPG_TTY=$(tty)