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Quickstarts tools Maven plugin

Author: Rafael Benevides Summary: Maven plugin that helps JBoss Developer materials maintenance

What is it?

This a Maven Plugin that helps JBoss Developer materials maintenance.

You can use it to verify if your project/quickstart follow the JBoss Developer Guidelines. It will run all JBoss Developer Guideline checkers and generate a report that provides information about any violations that your project/quickstarts has.

For Maven BOMs,it can be used to verify if your Maven BOM has all dependencies being resolved.

You can also use QSTools to synchronize an Maven Archetype with and existing project.

System requirements

All you need is Apache Maven 3.0.X and a working internet connection.

Checking the quickstarts made easy

Select a Maven project and run:

mvn -U org.jboss.maven.plugins:maven-qstools-plugin:check

This will check your project and all modules to seek for potential violations.

The report will be generated at: MAVEN_PROJECT/target/site/qschecker.html

Configuring QSTools Checkers

QSTools configuration is made by editing the online file https://raw.github.com/jboss-developer/maven-qstools-plugin/master/config/qstools_config.yaml

You can use a local config file by overwriting qstools property:

mvn -U org.jboss.maven.plugins:maven-qstools-plugin:check

Using a custom stacks.yaml definition

Stacks is used to check the BOM versions used on you project.

If you need to use a custom Stacks.yaml definition you can overwrite the stacks url adding the property qstools.stacks.url to the command line:

mvn -U org.jboss.maven.plugins:maven-qstools-plugin:check -Dqstools.stacks.url=file:/somewhere/on/your/disk/stacks.yaml


mvn -U org.jboss.maven.plugins:maven-qstools-plugin:(check) -Dqstools.stacks.url=http://www.somewhere.net/somepath/stacks.yaml

If you need to update quickstarts BOMs

This goal will check the Expected BOM Version and update the BOM versions to the expected version.

It will also replace any community BOMs by the Product BOMs if it is specified under project-boms-migration sections of QSTools configuration file

NOTE: It's high recommended that you have your changes saved before running this plugin because it modifies your pom files.

To run the plugin:

mvn -U org.jboss.maven.plugins:maven-qstools-plugin:updateBoms

Checking the BOM dependencies

This goal will check the given BOM project if all declared dependencies under section is resolvable.

NOTE: This Goal is only compatible with Maven 3.0.X versions until SHRINKRES-147 is resolved

To run the plugin:

mvn -U org.jboss.maven.plugins:maven-qstools-plugin:bom-check

If you need to ignore certain known dependencies from being checked, you can use the qstools.bom-check.ignoredDependencies property.


mvn -U org.jboss.maven.plugins:maven-qstools-plugin:bom-check -Dqstools.bom-check.ignoredDependencies=<groupId 1>:<artifactId 1>:jar:<version 1>,<groupId 2>:<artifactId 2>:jar:<version 2>

By default, the project build will fail if some managed dependenciy is not resolvable. You can overwrite this behavior by using qstools.bom-check.failbuild property. This will run on REPORT ONLY mode.


mvn -U org.jboss.maven.plugins:maven-qstools-plugin:bom-check -Dqstools.bom-check.failbuild=false

To specify a custom settings.xml file you must use org.apache.maven.user-settings property. This is because Shrinkwrap Resolver doesn't consume settings.xml you specified on command line (-s settings.xml) or in the IDE. It reads settings.xml files at their standard locations, which are ~/.m2/settings.xml and $M2_HOME/conf/settings.xml unless overridden in the API or via System property.


mvn -U org.jboss.maven.plugins:maven-qstools-plugin:bom-check -Dorg.apache.maven.user-settings=<your custom settings.xml>

Syncronizing Archetypes with Quickstarts

QSTools can be used on archetype to synchronize the archetype-resources with a given project

This is an example of configuration:

                    <archetypeExpressionReplaceValue>JBoss EAP Quickstart: kitchensink-ear</archetypeExpressionReplaceValue>

The archetypeExpressionReplaceValues configuration is used to replace the given expression to the `${artifactId} expression.

Plugin Documentation

The plugin documentation generated from mvn site is available here


You can turn on debugging messages:

mvn -U org.jboss.maven.plugins:maven-qstools-plugin:check -X