Making Sense of the Maven 2 Repository

by Tim O'Brien

In the course of trying to make sense of the Maven repository, I threw together a quick application to search for Maven artifacts. It's nothing special at the moment, but at least it is a start. MVN Registry currently allows you to search for artifacts. Type in "struts" or "weblogic", and the search interface will retrieve every artifact that has a matching substring. The interface than links directly to the m2 repository.

Enter at your own rish, is an alpha.


Miguel Griffa
2006-03-16 08:14:54
nice page, IMO, you know what would be awesome, and easy to implement? adding a column with the xml snippet of the dependency, so you have it ready for copy/paste it into pom
Tim O'Brien
2006-03-16 08:47:02
Miguel, ask and you shall receive. I've added the ability to create dependency XML from a version link. Search for an artifact, and then click "depxml", this is an XML snippet that can be pasted directly into your pom.xml.
2006-03-16 09:43:37
It is to far away from the IDE. Take a look at this ones:

2006-03-17 11:51:34
One more requirement: please also search the snapshot repository at, it is very hard for people not to look into the snapshot repository to grab a yet-not-released plugin with some bugs fixed.

Thanks a lot!

Kyle Adams
2006-03-20 07:34:50
Any chance we might see the code for this app? We've got an internal Maven repository, so it would be nice to have our own internal deployment of MVN Registry.
2007-04-16 04:50:33
There's a similar solution already out there:

It provides the XML snippet for the dependency to cut-n-paste in your pom.xml requested by Miguel.