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Apt repository build with Java

A maven plugin to create an apt repository for your java artifacts.

This plugin turns your maven build for deb files into an apt-repository. The plugin only needs java and does not require any native tools to be installed.

It is meant to be used in conjunction with plugins like jdeb, which create deb files for your artifacts.

New and Noteworthy

As of version 0.3.0 adding a pgp signature to the repo is supported!


apt-repo generates an apt repository in "flat repository format". apt-repo will use all artifacts of type "deb" and will aggregate them to the "apt-repo" directory in your ${}. An apt "Release" and "Packages.gz" file will be placed into this directory. Therefore the apt command will recognize your deb files - build by maven - as a valid repository. If signing is enabled also a InRelease file and a Release.gpg file will be created.

Where to get it

The jars are available in the Maven central repository.


Available basic parameters:

aggregate (Default: true)
  Boolean option whether to aggregate the artifacts of all sub modules of
  the project
  User property: apt-repo.aggregate

attach (Default: true)
  Boolean option whether to attach the artifact to the project

classifier (Default: apt-repo)
  The classifier of attached artifacts.
  User property: apt-repo.classifier

repoDir (Default: ${}/apt-repo)
  Location of the apt repository.
  Required: Yes
  User property: apt-repo.repoDir

type (Default: deb)
  File type of the deb files.
  Required: Yes
  User property: apt-repo.type

Add the plugin to your pom.xml link this:



Available signing parameters:

sign (Default: false)
  If sign is true then a gpg signature will be added to the repo. keyring,
  key and passphrase will also be required.
  User property: apt-repo.sign

  The key to use for signing operations.
  User property: apt-repo.key

  The passphrase to use for signing operations.
  User property: apt-repo.passphrase

  A file containg the passphrase to use for signing operations.
  The passphrase must be in the first line of the file.
  User property: apt-repo.passphrase-file

digest (Default: SHA256)
  The digest algorithm to use.
  User property: apt-repo.digest

If you use apt-repo in conjunction with jdeb make sure that the jdeb plugin is executed before apt-repo. Normally this could be achieved by registering it prior to the apt-repo plugin in the plugins order.

Add something like this to your apt sources.list:

deb${my.project.dir}/target/apt-repo/ /

Now check with "apt-get update" if apt recognizes your new apt repository.

apt-repo supports some configuration options

Element Description Required
type The artifact type of the deb files No; defaults to deb
attach Attach artifacts to project No; defaults to true
aggregate Execute the goal on all submodules No; defaults to true
repoDir Directory where the repo should be created No; defaults to ${buildDirectory}/apt-repo

Related projects

jdeb Debian packages in Java

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