Maven - IntelliJ IDEA IDE Integration


IntelliJ IDEA has in-built support for Maven. We are using IntelliJ IDEA Community Edition 11.1 in this example.

Some of the features of IntelliJ IDEA are listed below −

  • You can run Maven goals from IntelliJ IDEA.

  • You can view the output of Maven commands inside the IntelliJ IDEA using its own console.

  • You can update maven dependencies within IDE.

  • You can Launch Maven builds from within IntelliJ IDEA.

  • IntelliJ IDEA does the dependency management automatically based on Maven's pom.xml.

  • IntelliJ IDEA resolves Maven dependencies from its workspace without installing to local Maven repository (requires dependency project be in same workspace).

  • IntelliJ IDEA automatically downloads the required dependencies and sources from the remote Maven repositories.

  • IntelliJ IDEA provides wizards for creating new Maven projects, pom.xml.

Following example will help you to leverage benefits of integrating IntelliJ IDEA and Maven.

Create a new project in IntelliJ IDEA

We will import Maven project using New Project Wizard.

  • Open IntelliJ IDEA.

  • Select File Menu > New Project Option.

  • Select import project from existing model.

New Project in IntelliJ IDEA, step 1.
  • Select Maven option
New Project in IntelliJ IDEA, step 2.
  • Select Project location, where a project was created using Maven. We have created a Java Project consumerBanking. Go to ‘Creating Java Project' chapter, to see how to create a project using Maven.

New Project in IntelliJ IDEA, step 3.
  • Select Maven project to import.
New Project in IntelliJ IDEA, step 4.
  • Enter name of the project and click finish.
New Project in IntelliJ IDEA, step 5.
  • Now, you can see the maven project in IntelliJ IDEA. Have a look at consumerBanking project external libraries. You can see that IntelliJ IDEA has added Maven dependencies to its build path under Maven section.

Maven project in IntelliJ IDEA.

Build a maven project in IntelliJ IDEA

Now, it is time to build this project using capability of IntelliJ IDEA.

  • Select consumerBanking project.

  • Select Buid menu > Rebuild Project Option

You can see the output in IntelliJ IDEA Console

4:01:56 PM Compilation completed successfully

Run Application in IntelliJ IDEA

  • Select consumerBanking project.

  • Right click on to open context menu.

  • select Run App.main()

Maven project in IntelliJ IDEA.

You will see the result in IntelliJ IDEA Console.

"C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.6.0_21\bin\java"
C:\Program Files\JetBrains\IntelliJ IDEA Community Edition 11.1.2\bin"
-classpath "C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.6.0_21\jre\lib\charsets.jar;

C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.6.0_21\jre\lib\deploy.jar;
C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.6.0_21\jre\lib\javaws.jar;
C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.6.0_21\jre\lib\jce.jar;
C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.6.0_21\jre\lib\jsse.jar;
C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.6.0_21\jre\lib\management-agent.jar;
C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.6.0_21\jre\lib\plugin.jar;
C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.6.0_21\jre\lib\resources.jar;
C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.6.0_21\jre\lib\rt.jar;
C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.6.0_21\jre\lib\ext\dnsns.jar;
C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.6.0_21\jre\lib\ext\localedata.jar;
C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.6.0_21\jre\lib\ext\sunjce_provider.jar;
C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.6.0_21\jre\lib\ext\sunmscapi.jar;
C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.6.0_21\jre\lib\ext\sunpkcs11.jar

C:\Program Files\JetBrains\
IntelliJ IDEA Community Edition 11.1.2\lib\idea_rt.jar" 
Hello World!

Process finished with exit code 0