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Apache Maven Cookbook

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Apache Maven Cookbook

Overview of this book

Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Apache Maven Cookbook
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Understanding the pom file

Every Maven project has a pom file that defines what the project is all about and how it should be built. Pom is an acronym for project object model. Let us take a peek at this file.

How to do it...

Let's understand the pom file, by performing the following steps:

  1. Go to a Maven project that we created in previous chapters.

  2. Open the file named pom.xml.

How it works...

A pom file is an XML file that is based on a specific schema, as specified at the top of the file:

<project xmlns=""

There is also a modelVersion element that defines the version of this schema:


These are the basic elements of a pom file.

The groupId element is a unique identifier of the organization to which the project belongs. For our sample project...