Maven Profiles

Saurabh Sharma

The concept of profiles let’s a developer define what he wants to build and what to do in specific cases. In this blog I will talk about the problem that I solved using profiles.

Multiple Modules

In my source code there were around 8 sub-projects that were part of the same code base

Module Parent
\-Module Schemas
  Module Binary/War
  Module DockerImage
  Module Simulators Binaries
  Module MainAppChart
  Module Simulator Docker Images
  Module Simulator Charts
  \- Module Simulator1

The building was a nightmare as you would have imagined considering people coming and going out in an organisation (not specific to any particular work-exp) people added and due lack of awareness or guidelines we ended up in this nightmare.

First thing to do was define parent-pom and child-pom relationship for all the modules. Parent pom had it is artifactId and groupId




<name>My web app</name>


Repeating these for modules helped me define the required relationship which was easy to view using

mvn -q -Dexec.executable='echo' -Dexec.args='${project.groupId} ${project.version} ${project.artifactId} ${project.packaging}' exec:exec
me.samarthya 20.0.0-SNAPSHOT module-parent pom
me.samarthya 20.0.0-SNAPSHOT module-schemas pom
me.samarthya 20.0.0-SNAPSHOT module-main-war war
me.samarthya 20.0.0-SNAPSHOT module-main-chart helm
me.samarthya 20.0.0-SNAPSHOT module-main-docker pom
me.samarthya 20.0.0-SNAPSHOT module-simulator pom
me.samarthya 20.0.0-SNAPSHOT module-all-simulators war
me.samarthya 20.0.0-SNAPSHOT module-simulator-charts pom
me.samarthya 20.0.0-SNAPSHOT module-simulator1 helm

Coming to profiles…

Essentially all I learnt is from the official documentation.

Profiles are specified using a subset of the elements available in the POM itself (plus one extra section), and are triggered in any of a variety of ways.

“Profiles modify the POM at build time, and are meant to be used in complementary sets to give equivalent-but-different parameters for a set of target environments (providing, for example, the path of the appserver root in the development, testing, and production environments).”

official documentation
  • The kind of profiles
    • Global
    • Per user
    • Per project
  • How you trigger a profile through command line
    • From the command line (using -P profileName)
    • Through Maven settings (<settings> <activeProfiles> <activeProfile>profile</activeProfile></activeProfiles></settings>)
    • Based on environment variables
    • OS settings

How I used them?

For me the convenience was to allow grouping specific modules under a profile to allow activation from command line or CI/CD which can help generate artifacts just by manipulating one argument

mvn clean install deploy -P profile1

This I achieved by defining the profiles in the parent pom


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