Generate Maven archetype from Java code

I want to know if it's possible to run the maven command: archetype:generate in Java code. I've tried this with the maven embedder, but this library is deprecated.

I want to do an archetype:generate from a remote catalog, and capture the required properties of the archetype.

The maven command I want to run is for example:

mvn archetype:generate \
    -DgroupId=com.maven \
    -DartifactId=test \
    -DarchetypeVersion=1.0-alpha-4 \
    -DarchetypeGroupId=org.apache.maven.archetypes \
    -DarchetypeArtifactId=maven-archetype-j2ee-simple \
    -DinteractiveMode=false \

for some archetypes there are required properties, after you do this request. I want to display these properties on a GUI screen, just like the m2eclipse plugin does, so the user can fill in these properties.

Does anybody has a suggestion?


If all else fails, you can use Runtime.exec().

You could try to use the Maven Invoker.

Add this dependency to the pom.xml:


And here is what the code might look like:

import org.apache.maven.shared.invoker.*;

import java.util.Collections;
import java.util.Properties;

public class MavenInvoker {

    public static void main(String[] args) throws MavenInvocationException {
        InvocationRequest request = new DefaultInvocationRequest();
        request.setGoals( Collections.singletonList("archetype:generate") );
        Properties properties = new Properties();
        properties.setProperty("groupId", "com.maven");
        properties.setProperty("artifactId", "test");
        properties.setProperty("archetypeVersion", "1.0-alpha-4");
        properties.setProperty("archetypeGroupId", "org.apache.maven.archetypes");
        properties.setProperty("archetypeArtifactId", "maven-archetype-j2ee-simple");
        properties.setProperty("archetypeCatalog", "");
        Invoker invoker = new DefaultInvoker();
        InvocationResult result = invoker.execute( request );

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