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M2E Settings

Provide consistent Eclipse IDE settings for your team from a Maven POM. The M2E Settings plugin will copy formatting, findbugs and other plugin settings from a centrally maintained settings JAR to your workspace and configure each project to use those settings.

  • uses the Maven Eclipse Plugin settings as a base
  • configure once, set everywhere
  • version control your settings

Many thanks to Olivier Nouguier for the first version of this plugin.

This project is licensed under the MIT license.

Table of Contents


Update site URL:

Eclipse Marketplace

The plugin is also available from Eclipse Marketplace. Just open up the marketplace search and search for M2E Settings.

Installing the Eclipse plugin


  1. Apache Wicket
    1.1. Settings project
    1.2. Configuring maven-eclipse-plugin
  2. add yours...


There are three steps to configure the M2E Settings:

  1. Create (and deploy) your own settings jar
  2. Configure the M2E settings plugin in your project
  3. Re-import the Maven projects in Eclipse

Create your own settings jar

Create a project for your own settings jar. This project will only contain the relevant Eclipse settings files for your plugins.

Create a Maven project

First create an empty Maven project, and put this in the POM to build your settings jar (adjust the values for your own settings jar).


This configures Maven to look in the files folder for resources and package them into the resulting jar.

Add your settings to the JAR

Now you can copy the various Eclipse settings from the .settings folders into the files folder:

$ ls settings-project/files
-rw-r--r--   1 dashorst  staff     55 Jul  7 17:52 edu.umd.cs.findbugs.plugin.eclipse.prefs
-rw-r--r--   1 dashorst  staff    529 Jul  7 17:52 org.eclipse.core.resources.prefs
-rw-r--r--   1 dashorst  staff    175 Jul  7 17:52 org.eclipse.jdt.apt.core.prefs
-rw-r--r--   1 dashorst  staff  31543 Jul  7 17:52 org.eclipse.jdt.core.prefs
-rw-r--r--   1 dashorst  staff  11723 Jul  7 17:52 org.eclipse.jdt.ui.prefs
-rw-r--r--   1 dashorst  staff     86 Jun 29 23:47 org.eclipse.m2e.core.prefs
-rw-r--r--   1 dashorst  staff    411 Jun 29 23:52 org.eclipse.wst.common.component
-rw-r--r--   1 dashorst  staff    167 Jun 29 23:52 org.eclipse.wst.common.project.facet.core.xml
-rw-r--r--   1 dashorst  staff    382 Jul  7 17:52 org.eclipse.wst.validation.prefs
-rw-r--r--   1 dashorst  staff    232 Jul  7 17:52 org.maven.ide.eclipse.prefs

You can repeat this every time a new version of Eclipse comes out, and update all settings to new defaults.

Deploy to a Maven repository

Now you can upload the jar to a Maven repository using mvn deploy. Or use the Maven release plugin to create releases of your settings jar.

Configure M2E settings in your project

The M2E Settings plugin retrieves the Eclipse workspace settings from the Maven Eclipse Plugin configuration. The easiest way to provide these settings is to create a resource JAR file and distribute that from a Maven repository.

You then specify your 'settings JAR' file as a dependency to the maven-eclipse-plugin:


As the M2E Settings plugin needs to be bound to a Maven lifecycle, and the most common lifecycle is the compile lifecycle, you also need to specify the maven-compiler-plugin in your POM. At the minimum you'll need:


Putting the settings in the right place

The maven-eclipse-plugin allows you to move settings files from one location to another. You use that to put each configuration file from your settings JAR in the right location:

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Re-import projects in Eclipse

Now we have modified the projects, you have to re-import the projects in Eclipse. Typically this is done by:

  • selecting all projects,
  • right-clicking on the selection and
  • clicking "Maven → Update project"


If you are a developer of this project and have made some modifications, use this guide to build a release to distribute it to the users.

Building a release

Run the release shell script from the root folder of the m2e-settings project:


This script performs the following steps:

  • assign a new release version number to the current workspace
  • create a new distribution of the new version in the current workspace
  • create an updated P2 repository in the current workspace
  • commit all these results into the git repository

This doesn't push the intermediate results to github, this is a manual step you have to do to release a new version.

Uploading a release

When you have checked the release and it is found OK, then you can upload the new version to github and instruct your team to perform an update:

git push

This will push the changes to github and publish a new update site to the update site URL.