How do I install third-party libraries in Maven repository?

Sometimes when the required libraries / dependencies is not available in the Maven Central Repository we need to manually install it to our local repository. This library must be placed in the correct directory in our local repository to enable Maven to find it. The default location is under the `${user.home}/.m2/repository.

To make this job easier Maven provide a maven-install-plugin that will help us to install the third-party library in the correct place. The following command shows how to do it.

The long command 🙂

mvn install:install-file -Dfile=<path-to-file> -DgroupId=<group-id> \
        -DartifactId=<artifact-id> -Dversion=<version> -Dpackaging=<packaging>


  • -Dfile = path to the third-party library file
  • -DgroupId = the groupId of the library
  • -DartifactId = the artifactId of the library
  • -Dversion = the version number of the library
  • -Dpackaging = the library packaging

An example to install an Oracle JDBC library to your local repository is:

mvn install:install-file -Dfile=ojdbc7.jar \
        -DartifactId=ojdbc7 -Dversion= -Dpackaging=jar

The simple command 🙂

If you have the pom.xml file, you can install it with the following command:

mvn install:install-file \
        -Dfile=<path-to-file> \


  • -Dfile = path to the third-party library file
  • -DpomFile = the location to the library pom.xml file

Starting with the Maven version 2.5 you can use even a simpler command. When the library is build by Maven, a pom.xml file will be placed under the META-INF directory. This pom.xml file will be used by default when we install the library. To install a library all you need is the following command:

mvn install:install-file -Dfile=<path-to-file>

How to use Google Maven Central mirror?

The following configuration will use Google’s mirror of the Maven Central repository. Alter your ${M2_HOME}/conf/settings.xml or ${user.home}/.m2/settings.xml to add the mirror as seen in the following configuration file.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
            <name>Google Maven Central</name>

How to configure a proxy in Maven settings?

When we work behind a proxy server we need to configure Maven to be able to connect to the internet. To enable proxy we can configure Maven settings.xml file, either in ${M2_HOME}/conf/settings.xml or ${user.home}/.m2/settings.xml file.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

The <proxy> element in the configuration below contains the information about the proxy server. These include information about the host, port, username and password. Set these elements to match your proxy server configuration.

How do I specify the Java compiler version in a pom.xml file?

When you need to compile a project for a specific Java version you can configure maven compiler plugin to set the source and the target version. The following pom.xml file configuration show you how to do it.


Invalid value for the source and the target version in our project will make our project compilation process failed. For example when we try to use the diamond operator (<>) which available in Java 7, while the maven compiler plugin is set to version 1.5, can produce compiler error like this:

[ERROR] Failed to execute goal org.apache.maven.plugins:maven-compiler-plugin:3.1:compile (default-compile) on project servlet-example: Compilation failure
[ERROR] /Users/wsaryada/Studio/[10,51] diamond operator is not supported in -source 1.5
[ERROR] (use -source 7 or higher to enable diamond operator)

Why do I get NotOLE2FileException: Invalid header signature error?

When I was creating the code snippet for the How do I replace text in Microsoft Word document using Apache POI? I got the following error when running the snippet . As an additional information, the code snippet for the Kodejava website is written as a Maven project.

org.apache.poi.poifs.filesystem.NotOLE2FileException: Invalid header signature; read 0xE011BDBFEFBDBFEF, expected 0xE11AB1A1E011CFD0 – Your file appears not to be a valid OLE2 document

This error message was produce when the code trying to open a Word document. The Apache POI reports that the Word document has an invalid header signature, not a valid OLE2 document. Comparing the original document with the document under maven’s target directory I found out that the file size was different. This could mean that something alter the document and corrupt the header.

After doing some googling I find out that this error is due to maven resource filtering. The maven resource filtering process cause the Word document header corrupt during the copy phase. The solution to this problem is to make sure that the filtering process is set to false. The pom.xml of the maven project should be altered to have the following configuration.