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Elastic Path Maven Commands

Elastic Path Maven Commands

The Elastic Path Commerce projects, Commerce Manager Server, Commerce Manager Client, and so on are Maven projects with a pom.xmlfile. POM files contain configuration details and dependency information required for building, installing, cleaning, packaging, and running each of the Elastic Path Maven projects.

This page lists some of the commonly used Maven commands with Elastic Path Commerce.

For more in-depth information on Maven commands, refer to the guides on Maven's build cycle and plugins.

Note: Document Assumptions

Build Everything Excluding CMClient, archetypes, and demo store data

To build all the projects, but not build the cmclient, run the itests (this command still builds the itests), generate the archetypes, or load the demo store data, run the following command from the source code root directory:

mvn install

Build Everything including archetypes and demo store data

To build all the projects, including the archeytpes and demo store data, but not build the CMClient (see Build The CMClient ), run the following command:

mvn install -Pwith-assets,with-archetypes -DskipAllTests

Build Each Web Application Separately

Run the following commands from your source code root directory. i.e., C:/<source>

CM Server

mvn -f cmserver\pom.xml install


mvn -f storefront\pom.xml install


mvn -f search\pom.xml install

ActiveMQ JMS

mvn -f jms\activemq-broker\pom.xml install

Build the CMClient

To build com.elasticpath.cmclient:

mvn -f cmclient\pom.xml install

Install Archetypes and Web Application JARs to your local .m2 repository

To install the Web App archetypes, the out-of-the-box Web Application JAR projects, and the Cortex resource archetype to your local .m2 repository, open a command line and navigate to your source code root directory and run one of the following commands:

  • Storefront Web App archetype installation:
    mvn install -f storefront\pom.xml -Pwith-archetypes -DskipAllTests
  • Search server Web App archetype installation:
    mvn install -f search\pom.xml -Pwith-archetypes -DskipAllTests
  • Commerce Manager Web App archetype installation:
    mvn install -f cmserver\pom.xml -Pwith-archetypes -DskipAllTests
  • Schema extension archetype installation
    mvn install -f liquibase\pom.xml -Pwith-archetypes -DskipAllTests
Note: Hot-swapping the core library

If your application server is started in debugging mode, you can change code in the ep-core project dynamically. Your changes will take effect (hot swapped) immediately unless you changed the interface/method signature (in other words, new methods will not work and removed methods will continue to work as before). However, if you stop your application server, you will still need to run the above Maven tasks to apply the changes statically.

If you changed the interface, you need to run the above tasks and restart your application server.


When running mvn install, you may experience a java.lang.OutOfMemoryError: unable to create new native thread error. To solve this issue, run mvn install again or increase Maven's MVN_OPTS memory setting.


When you add/change/delete the Spring configuration file domainModel.xml in the com.elasticpath.core, com.elasticpath.storefront or com.elasticpath.cmserver project, you may need to rebuild the Storefront or Commerce Manager server projects for the changes to take effect.

By default, the .JAR file or .WAR files generated by Maven don't contain the source code. To include the source files, include -Pwith-source-jars:

mvn -f core\pom.xml package -Pwith-source-jars

Running Web Applications in Tomcat

Elastic Path provides Tomcat users the ability to run individual web applications through a command line using Maven.


Make sure your <wtp-developer> profile in your .m2\settings.xml is commented out. For more information on the wtp-developer profiles, see Elastic Path Maven Profiles.


This starts up Cortex in http on port 9080

Running Storefront, Search, and CMServer Web Applications

To run a the Storefront, Search, or CMServer web applications:

  1. In the Command Line, navigate to the project directory of the web application you wish to run. (ie. ep-storefront-webapp)
  2. Run the following Maven command to start Tomcat:
    mvn tomcat7:run-war

Running ActiveMQ JMS

To run ActiveMQ JMS:

  1. In the Command Line, navigate to C:\repo\commerce-engine\jms
  2. Run the following Maven command to start Tomcat:
    mvn tomcat7:run-war -pl :activemq-broker

Testing Your Code

To build and run Checkstyle, JUnit unit and integration tests, and third party license checks:

mvn install

To build Checkstyle, JUnit unit and integration tests, third party license checks, and PMD:

mvn install -Dcheckin

To skip running the tests (this still builds the projects)

mvn install -DskipAllTests

Run testing tasks for each projects independently. From the root directory of the project:

  • To run PMD (To check for good coding practices):
    mvn pmd:check
  • To run Checkstyle (To check your code for formatting and style)
    mvn checkstyle:check
  • To run third party license checks:
    mvn licensing:check
  • To run an individual JUnit test:
    mvn install -Dtest=<test_class_name>
  • To run an individual JUnit integration test:
    mvn install -Dit=<test_class_name>
Note: Eclipse Integration

Normally you don't need to run PMD and Checkstyle if PMD and Checkstyle are set up correctly in Eclipse as the plugins can report the same warnings and errors in Eclipse. In addition, you can run JUnit tests from within Eclipse by selecting a Test class and choosing "Run as... JUnit Test".

Build the Assets Directory

The following commands builds the Assets directory on your local machine. See Managing Assets for more information on Application and Storefront assets. The command creates an assets directory with simlinks in your C:\users\<username>\ep-assets. The simlinks link to the assets folders in your source directory.

mvn -f asset-repository\pom.xml generate-resources

You can also use the following command to create the assets directory while building the source code:

mvn install -Pwith-assets

This is effectively the same as running mvn install in the root, followed by mvn install in the asset-repository directory.

Build the and Deploy to Maven Repository

The contains your Application and Storefront assets. See Managing Assets for more information on the Application and Storefront assets. To create the file: From <EPSource>\asset-repository\assets\assets-zip, run

mvn package builds to your target folder and is deployed to your Maven Repository at ..\.m2\repository\com\elasticpath\assets-zip.

Database Commands

Populate demo data for the snapitup store

Run the following command in your Commerce Engine home directory:

mvn -f stores\snapitup-populate-database\pom.xml -Dimport package

Update your schema with Liquibase

mvn -f liquibase\core-schema\pom.xml liquibase:update

Changing Profiles

If you enable or disable one of these profiles: mysql-dev-db, oracle-dev-db, mssql-dev-db, or wtp-developer, you must update the database the settings associated with these profiles by running this command:

mvn -f stores\snapitup-populate-database\pom.xml process-resources -P update-settings

Cleaning Projects

Sometimes, the source code and binaries in a project may get out of sync. For example, old versions of libraries that are no longer used still exist and cause conflicts with newer versions. Use the clean targets to remove old, unused binaries from the project. To clean all Elastic Path projects, go to the root Elastic Path directory and run:

mvn clean

To clean a single project, execute the following:

mvn -f <path-to-project>\pom.xml clean

Building .WAR Files

Maven can build your web application into .WAR files for deployment on Tomcat and Oracle WebLogic. In the command line, change to your Web Application directory and execute one of the following commands:

For deployment on Apache Tomcat 7:

mvn install -Pwith-tomcat-war

For deployment on WebLogic:

mvn install -Pwith-weblogic-war

If you want to remove previous build artifacts before rebuilding, use mvn clean install instead.

Build the Database Documentation

Liquibase can build your database documentation with SchemaSpy, an open source Java-based tool for generating database documentation. SchemaSpy is included in Elastic Path's source code release; however, you must install Graphviz to generate the table view relationship images.

To build the database documentation:

Go to Elastic Path root>/liquibase/schema-documentation and run:

mvn site

The database documentation is generated to: Elastic Path root/liquibase/schema-documentation/target/site/schemaspy