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Ease Maven Plugin

This plugin lets you release Maven artifacts in a very controlled way.

The plugin works by adding metadata to artifacts during the release build, and then reading that data when deploying. Which means release build and deploy are fully separated.

Use the freeze and aggregate goals while building a release. Use the attach goal when deploying the release.

Add the plugin executions to the 'pom.xml' files. Then just use normal install or deploy goals to bring it to action.


  • freeze: Lists the artifacts (like the default jar, the sources jar etc.) atttached to a project and attaches the list to the project, as a -artifacts.txt artifact.

  • aggregate: Traverses the dependencies of a project and aggragates artifacts.txt files into one single list, which is then attached to the project. Note that any missing artifacts.txt file will fail the build — use includes/excludes filtering to target the dependencies you want.

  • attach: Attaches all artifacts in a given artifacts.txt file to the project. A file location for this file is used to prevent any dependency resolution whatsoever to take place. A separate local repo can be defined for loading the artifacts from, which is very much recommended.

Use the included test/example projects

  • mvn clean install -Dprepare will install the plugin and freeze some artifacts and then aggregate them.

  • mvn clean install -Dperform will attach the previously created artifacts to a project and install them (again).

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