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maven Cookbook

Install and configure maven2 and maven3 from the binaries provided by the maven project.

Provides the maven LWRP for pulling a maven artifact from a mave repository and placing it in an arbitrary location.



  • Debian
  • Ubuntu
  • CentOS
  • Red Hat
  • Fedora
  • Windows

The following Chef Software cookbooks are dependencies:

  • java - this cookbook not only depends on the java virtual machine but it also depends on the java_ark LWRP present in the java cookbooks
  • ark - used to unpack the maven tarball


  • node['maven']['version'] - defaults to 3, specifies the major version of maven to install.
  • node['maven']['m2_home'] - defaults to '/usr/local/maven/'
  • node['maven']['2']['url'] - the download url for maven2
  • node['maven']['2']['checksum'] - the checksum, which you will have to recalculate if you change the download url using shasum -a 256
  • node['maven']['3']['url'] - download url for maven3
  • node['maven']['3']['checksum'] - the checksum, which you will have to recalculate if you change the download url using shasum -a 256
  • node['maven']['repositories'] - an array of maven repositories to use; must be specified as an array. Used in the maven LWRP.
  • node['maven']['setup_bin'] - Whether or not to put mvn on your system path, defaults to false
  • node['maven']['mavenrc']['opts'] - Value of MAVEN_OPTS environment variable exported via /etc/mavenrc template, defaults to -Dmaven.repo.local=$HOME/.m2/repository -Xmx384m -XX:MaxPermSize=192m
  • node['maven']['install_java'] - Whether or not to use the Java community cookbook to install Java. Defaults to true.



Includes the java recipe, and then installs maven according to the version specified by the node['maven']['version'] attribute.


For testing only. From the development repository, use test-kitchen to test that the LWRP is operating with this recipe. Also contains example usage of the LWRP.


Simply include the recipe where you want Apache Maven installed.

The maven lwrp has two actions, :install and :put. They are essentially the same accept that the install action will name the the downloaded file artifact_id-version.packaging. For example, the mysql jar would be named mysql-5.1.19.jar.

Use the put action when you want to explicitly control the name of the downloaded file. This is useful when you download an artifact and then want to have Chef resources act on files within that the artifact. The put action will creat a file named name.packaging where name corresponds to the name attribute.



  • artifact_id - if this is not specified, the resource's name is used
  • group_id - group_id for the artifact
  • version - version of the artifact
  • dest - the destination folder for the jar and its dependencies
  • packaging - defaults to 'jar'
  • classifier - distinguishes artifacts that were built from the same POM but differ in context
  • repositories - array of maven repositories to use, defaults to [""]
  • owner - the owner of the resulting file, default is root
  • mode - integer value for file permissions, default is 0644
  • transitive - whether to resolve dependencies transitively, defaults to false. Please note: Event true will only place one artifact in dest. All others are downloaded to the local repository.


maven 'mysql-connector-java' do
  group_id 'mysql'
  version  '5.1.19'
  dest     '/usr/local/tomcat/lib/'
# The artifact will be downloaded to /usr/local/tomcat/lib/mysql-connector-java-5.1.19.jar

maven 'solr' do
  group_id  'org.apache.solr'
  version   '3.6.1'
  packaging 'war'
  dest      '/usr/local/tomcat/webapps/'
  action    :put
# The artifact will be downloaded to /usr/local/tomcat/webapps/solr.war

maven 'custom-application' do
  group_id   ''
  version    '2.0.0'
  dest       '/usr/local/tomcat/lib'
  classifier 'client'
  action     :put
# The artifact will be downloaded to /usr/local/tomcat/lib/custom-application-2.0.0-client.jar

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