Step by Step guide – Convert to Maven Project in Eclipse

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This post is for step by step guide to convert a single project to Maven project in Eclipse. I recommend going through these links before you read any further.

Step 1: Maven Plugin for Eclipse

First you should make sure that you have Maven Plugin installed in your Eclipse. I am using Eclipse Mars for this demo and this version comes with Maven Plugin. If you are using Eclipse doesn’t have this built in feature then try to install a Maven Plugin. I recommend M2Eclipse Plugin.

Step 2: Convert Java/J2ee Project to Maven Project

Right click on Java Eclipse and select Configure -> Convert to Maven Project.


A popup up that will show build parameters that will be published in pom.xml will be shown.


Step 3: Add dependencies to pom.xml

Open pom.xml and Click on Dependencies tab.

Lets try to add log4j.jar as a dependency in pom.xml.



Step 4: Run Maven Build

Run Maven build by right clicking on pom.xml and selecting Run As -> Maven install.


Step 5: Verify Build

You will see that folder is created with naming convention <artifactId>-<version> in build folder. Also you will see that all dependencies are saved to build/<artifactId>-<version>/WEB-INF/lib folder. Also you will see all dependecies are placed in build path under Maven Dependencies.




Multiple dependencies can be added in similar fashion.



Step by Step guide to configure Eclipse and Apache Tomcat

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Eclipse is a very commonly used IDE by developers across the globe. Eclipse with Apache Tomcat server is a great combination for beginners and for experienced web developers.

This post will provide step-by-step guidance to set up Eclipse with Tomcat Server.

Note: Below screen shots are for windows 64-bit version. Please act accordingly for 32-bit versions.

Step-1: Download Java.

Click Here to download Java 7 SDK.


You will see that there are two folder created in your C:\Program files\Java. (In my case I already had Java 6 installed too).


Step-2: Download Apache Tomcat Server

Click Here to download Apache Tomcat Server 7.


Once dowloaded, extract the server to D:\Software. You will see following structure after the extract is complete.


Note: you can also choose to install from 32-bit/64-bit Windows Service Installer if you want to install it like a service.

Step-3: Configure Environment Variables

Configure following environment variables and restart your pc when done.

  • JAVA_HOME: “C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.7.0_79”java_home_environment_variable
  • JRE_HOME: “C:\Program Files\Java\jre7”jre_home_environment_variable
  • CATALINA_HOME: “D:\Software\apache-tomcat-7.0.67”catalina_home_environment_variable


Step-4: Download Eclipse

Click Here to download Eclipse. For this guide, I am downloading Eclipse Mars. But you can download anything that is compatible with Java version you downloaded.


Once downloaded extract contents to D:\Software.  You will see following structure after download is complete.



Step 5: Setup Server Configuration in Eclipse

Open Eclipse and Open Server View (Window -> Show View -> Servers)

Right Click New -> Server


Select Tomcat 7. You might have to Add Server runtime environment.


(Dialog when clicked on ‘Add…’ in above screen shot)


Click on Finish when Done.

Double click on Server to open deployment descriptor and make sure that you have default ports.


Now start the server by clicking on start button and you will see that server has started successfully.



Hope this Set up process was helpful. Please use the comment section if you face any issues setting up and I will help  you as soon as I can.