September 10, 2015 · maven websphere java spring

Maven project for creating Spring web applications deployable on Websphere

Table of contents:

  1. Introduction
  2. Maven project structure
  3. Source code


I have created simple boilerplate maven project that can be used as a starting point when developing Spring based web applications that can be deployed in a WebSphere application server.

Goal is to to create maven project that can generate deployable EAR File for server deployment.

Maven project structure

Following is the multi-module maven project directory structure:

|- websphere-maven-spring-project 
|-- app-ear/
|---- pom.xml
|-- app-webapp/
|---- src/
|---- .classpath
|---- pom.xml
|- pom.xml

Project have one parent/aggregator module and two sub/child modules. More information regarding multi-module can be found on the maven documentation website.

Aggregator module

Aggregator is a top-level module serving for joining multiple modules under one level is called aggregator.

Following is an excerpt from aggregator pom.xml:



Both sub-modules (app-ear and app-webapp) must include reference to parent module as follows:



WAR module(app-webapp) needs to be included in the list of ear dependencies.


The maven-ear-plugin needs to be included in the build plugins section of the app-ear pom.xml:




Spring Project is used to generate app-webapp web maven project.

Source code

I have shared project source code on following location on github.

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