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⚠️This project is now part of the EE4J initiative. This repository has been archived as all activities are now happening in the corresponding Eclipse repository. See here for the overall EE4J transition status.

Java EE Tutorial

This repository contains the source files that are used to build the Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE) 8 Tutorial. The source files are authored in AsciiDoc. AsciiDoc is similar to original markdown but is particularly suited for user documentation. This project also uses JBake. JBake is a static site generator that is inspired from Jekyll and written in Java. JBake uses templates for the structure of the page and the body of the page is generated from AsciiDoc content.

Note that the Java EE Tutorial code examples are located in the javaee/tutorial-examples repository.


The easiest way to contribute is by opening an issue that contains feedback and review comments. All issues will be addressed as soon as possible.

The Java EE Tutorial project is also open for contributions and your help is greatly appreciated. If you have an idea for the tutorial and want to add a section or update an existing section, then review the following links:

Building the Java EE Tutorial

The following directions explain how to do local builds of the tutorial. Note that any changes that are pushed to the master branch automatically trigger a build of the site files and tutorial sources. The results are automatically pushed to the gh-pages branch. You can view the published site at


  • Maven
  • JDK8+

Note that manually deploying the site requires password-less authentication. This is done by exporting your SSH public key into your GitHub account.

Build the Site Locally

The site is generated under target/staging. Open file:///PATH_TO_PROJECT_DIR/target/staging in a browser to view the output.

mvn generate-resources

You can also invoke the JBake plugin directly:

mvn jbake:build

Rebuild the Site on Changes

The following command builds the site and, if kept running, detects changes to the sources and incrementally renders the site. This is convenient when writing content.

mvn jbake:watch

Serve the Site locally

If a web server is required (for example, absolute paths are used), you can use the following command to start a Jetty web server at http://localhost:8820. The command also watches for changes and rebuilds incrementally.

mvn jbake:serve

Deploy the Site to Github Pages

If you want to manually push a build to the gh-pages branch, use:

mvn deploy -Ppublish-site

Produce a Zip File for Download

To produce a zip file containing the generated HTML files, use:

mvn package

When making a release on GitHub, this zip file should be added to the release.