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Maven Publish GitHub Action

GitHub Action for automatically publishing Maven packages


This action…

  • Executes the Maven deploy lifecycle phase
  • Provides Maven with your GPG key and passphrase so your artifacts can be signed using maven-gpg-plugin
  • Provides Maven with your Nexus credentials so it can deploy and release your project

It will also use the deploy Maven profile if you've defined one (in case you want to perform certain steps only when deploying).



It's recommended to publish using the Nexus Staging Maven Plugin, which greatly simplifies the process. You can follow this guide for a simple configuration.

Make sure your project is correctly configured for deployment before continuing with the next step.



In your project's GitHub repository, go to Settings → Secrets. On this page, set the following variables:

  • gpg_private_key: GPG private key for signing the published artifacts:
    • Run gpg --list-secret-keys and copy the ID of the key you'd like to use
    • Export the key with gpg -a --export-secret-keys KEY_ID (and replace KEY_ID with the ID you copied)
  • gpg_passphrase: Passphrase for the GPG key
  • nexus_username: Username (not email!) for your Nexus repository manager account
  • nexus_password: Password for your Nexus account

Workflow file

Create a GitHub workflow file (e.g. .github/workflows/release.yml) in your repository. Use the following configuration, which tells GitHub to use the Maven Publish Action when running your CI pipeline. The steps are self-explanatory:

name: Release

# Run workflow on commits to the `master` branch
      - master

    runs-on: ubuntu-18.04
      - name: Check out Git repository
        uses: actions/checkout@v1

      - name: Install Java and Maven
        uses: actions/setup-java@v1
          java-version: 11

      - name: Release Maven package
        uses: samuelmeuli/action-maven-publish@v1
          gpg_private_key: ${{ secrets.gpg_private_key }}
          gpg_passphrase: ${{ secrets.gpg_passphrase }}
          nexus_username: ${{ secrets.nexus_username }}
          nexus_password: ${{ secrets.nexus_password }}

Every time you push to master, the action will be executed. If your pom.xml file contains a non-snapshot version number and all tests pass, your package will be deployed automatically.


In addition to the input variables listed above, the action can be configured with the following options:

  • server_id: The default Nexus instance used by this action is OSSRH. If you are deploying to a different Nexus instance, you can specify the server ID you've used in your project's POM file (in the nexus-staging-maven-plugin and distributionManagement configurations) here
  • maven_args: Additional flags/arguments to pass to the Maven deploy command



Suggestions and contributions are always welcome! Please discuss larger changes via issue before submitting a pull request.


Make sure you have Node.js and Yarn installed.

After cloning this repository, do the following:

  1. Install all dependencies using yarn install. This will set up Git hooks so your code is linted and formatted before creating a commit
  2. Make your modifications to the action
  3. Test your action on a repository. You can import it from your fork like this: uses: your-github-username/action-maven-publish@your-branch-name
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