Getting started with Maven and Spring

This guide is a quick introduction to getting started with Maven and Spring, and shows the making of a “Hello World” application

The only requirements for this project is a text editor, a Java install, and Maven.

I shall start by introducing you to Maven, the quote below is taken from the What is Maven page on the Maven site.

Maven, a Yiddish word meaning accumulator of knowledge, was originally started as an attempt to simplify the build processes in the Jakarta Turbine project. There were several projects each with their own Ant build files that were all slightly different and JARs were checked into CVS. We wanted a standard way to build the projects, a clear definition of what the project consisted of, an easy way to publish project information and a way to share JARs across several projects.

If you are not familiar with it, don’t worry – you don’t need to be for this tutorial. Hopefully though, this tutorial will show you enough of Maven to encourage you to find out more about it. The use of it here might seem a bit pointless and over the top, but it will simplify your build process, downloading all required Jar files for you and providing a simple build system.

So, assuming you have maven installed, you can create yourself a project by tying the following command. For the purpose of this tutorial, all you really need to understand from this command is that the ‘groupId’ will be your namespace, and the ‘artifactId’ will be the directory used for your project. Obviously, feel free to modify them – if you do so you will have to update any related references though out the rest of the article.

You should now have a directory called spring-hello/. Change directory into this, and have a look around. You should notice that there’s a pom.xml and a src folder for your main and test source trees. You should notice that there is a “Hello World” example, which can be found in src/main/java/uk/co/pookey/spring/ and is shown below:

pom.xml is the file used by maven to specify dependencies, amongst other things. We’re going to add a little bit to this file now so that we can easily run our application though maven.

Once you have modified the pom.xml as described above, you should now be able to run your new project by typing mvn exec:java, but before doing so, you’ll need to mvn compile to compile the code. You should see something similar to the output below.

Our next step is to tell Maven that we want to use Spring. Maven makes this wonderfully easy for us. First, we visit to find what we’re looking for. Searching for ‘spring’ on there gives quite a few results, but it’s we’re interested in. Scrolling down that page we can see an XML snippet – which will need adding to our pom.xml within the <dependencies> section.

Next time you type mvn compile maven will download Spring, and any of Spring’s own dependencies, it takes care of everything!

Our next step, is to create a new class that we will use to saying hello to a specified name. The class is pretty simple, and we’ll place it in src/main/java/uk/co/pookey/

Spring is configured via an XML file, which we’ll use to define out ‘beans’. We’re going to put the config file in src/main/resources/application=context.xml. The src/main/resources directory will need to be created first.

As you can see from the above, we are telling Spring we want the bean known as ‘hello’ to be of type and that the property ‘name’ should be set to ‘Pookey’. Spring will take care of calling setName with the specified value when the bean is created. The updated App class.

Now, all that’s left is to build and run our application, and see the exciting output that is generated. Simply type: mvn clean compile exec:java, and you should see this:

This has of course been a very basic introduction to Spring and Maven, but hopefully it’s been enough to get you started. There’s plenty of books and tutorials for Spring, and I fully recommend you go and have a play!

59 thoughts on “Getting started with Maven and Spring”

  1. Hi,
    You maven-archetype-quickstart as an archetype to base our application upon.
    Can you let us know what other archetypes are available?
    Is there any archetype to kickstart a spring application?

  2. Very nice tutorial for beginner !
    You can also replace the content of the App Class with this code:


    * Hello world!
    public class App
    public static void main( String[] args )
    ClassPathXmlApplicationContext ctx = new ClassPathXmlApplicationContext(“application-context.xml”);

    SayHello hello = (SayHello) ctx.getBean(“hello”);


  3. thanx a lot! I thought, I’d spend the evening with configuring spring and maven; but with this tutorial it was made in 10 Minutes – great!

  4. Many thanks. I know Maven quite well and Spring a bit. I was just about putting together something like this on my own. Instead I can now just bookmark this page.

  5. Excellent tutorial!

    As a side-note I think that

    “application=context.xml” should be “application-context.xml”

  6. Excellent tutorial. Was just looking for a tutorial of this kind. Simple, sweet, complete and working.

  7. Thank a lot Ian for the great example—you saved me hours and hours of work. Now I can get into the nitty-gritty details of Spring.



  8. My turn to say that it was a perfect VERY SIMPLE tutorial for me and enable me to get introduced to the Spring spirit (and Maven too:)

  9. Thanks for this simple WORKING example.

    Infact I started from scratch using the steps you detailed to get a textbook example working. The source code given by the authors was not working.

    Thanks for saving me so much time and effort.


  10. Thanks. It’s comprehensible and simple and a start point for beginners like me.
    Do you recommend any tool (eclipse-netbeans..) to work integrated with maven and jspring?


  11. ApplicationContext ctx = new ClassPathXmlApplicationContext(“application-context.xml”);
    is it possible to use spring without “new ClassPathXmlApplicationContext(“application-context.xml”)” or any new instance?

  12. Very beginners tutorial!!.. I thinks you can use applicationcontex instead of BeanFactory, Today’s world, the use of BeanFactory is deprecated.

    Thanks for the tuto!

  13. very nice tut… I’ve been looking for something nifty to get me started and this most definitely did. I had to make a few changes to use version 3.1.0.RELEASE though –it would be nice if you could update your tutorial to reflect changes in later versions.

  14. Thank you for this great and practical tutorial.
    It’s just what I needed!
    I’ve build it and run it as an eclipse project without any problem.
    Anyone wishing to have an export of the project, can contact me, of course.
    (It seems there is no way to attach a zip to the present blog)

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