Step by Step Guide to Developing a Custom Maven Plugin

Maven is a plugin execution framework where plugins do the heavy-lifting in the build process. This article demonstrates how to create a custom maven plugin and use it in a maven project

Somnath Musib
Nov 19, 2019 · 5 min read
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Setting up the Maven Project

By convention, core Maven plugins provided by Maven are named as maven-<taskName>-plugin. Maven encourages custom plugins to be named as <taskName>-maven-plugin. Note that using maven-<taskName>-plugin pattern is an infringement of the Apache Maven Trademark

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Creating a new Maven project
pom.xml file

Creating the MOJO

A mojo is an executable goal in Maven, and a plugin is a distribution of one or more related mojos

A maven plugin can consist of many mojos (goals). The execute method is the set of actions performed by a mojo

Executing Mojo

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XmlToJsonMojo Javadoc
xmltojson-maven-plugin-demo pom.xml file



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