Create Maven Project for CQ5/AEM using archetype 7,8

Before, i started working with AEM 6, i was building CQ5 maven project with archetype version ~1.

Recently, i had to setup another project and i did the below steps to produce a maven project. Please note that archetype 7&8 are compatible with AEM 6.

How to Archetype 8 with MAVEN and CQ5

1) Install Maven and configure it with the environment variables etc.

2) Use the latest archetype available at

3) Currently, the latest archetype version available is 8.

4) Before you create an empty project you have to access if you need additional sub modules inside the project. It is always good to create a parent project and add the modules inside them, even if you don’t need them right away. This enables you to add sub modules inside if needed later on.

5) If you want to create a parent module use the command below.

mvn archetype:generate -DarchetypeGroupId=org.codehaus.mojo.archetypes -DarchetypeArtifactId=pom-root -DarchetypeVersion=RELEASE

This will generate a folder with a pom file where the packaging type will be pom.

6) Now, go into the directory that you created and run the command below to generate maven project for CQ, you can also generate a project using the command below if needed for dev purposes.

mvn -X archetype:generate -DarchetypeGroupId=com.adobe.granite.archetypes -DarchetypeArtifactId=aem-project-archetype -DarchetypeVersion=8 -DarchetypeRepository=adobe-public-releases

Once the project generates, you will see that it gets automatically added to the parent project. Inspect the pom file for changes.

Errors that you might encounter when you create this project

1) content-package-plugin cannot be resolved. I removed the version number and it was downloaded fine from the adobe remote repository.

2) The same can happen for enforcer plugin. Since you can’t browse the maven repository of Adobe on your browser as it is just maven compatible , you will end up experimenting with few versions and plugins.

3) After the project generates, you also need to run mvn clean install and the profile autoInstallPackage. This might generate additional errors. The common one being that it-launcher project will fail every time.  I couldn’t asses if I really needed this project and hence removed it from the pom.xml file module section and removed the directory as well.

Archetype 7 works well without issues and hence is recommended to use. 

Below command will help you generate such a project with AEM and MAVEN and Archetype version 7.

mvn archetype:generate -DgroupId=de.test -DartifactId=testAEM -DarchetypeArtifactId=sample-project-archetype -DarchetypeGroupId=com.adobe.granite.archetypes -DarchetypeVersion=7 -DarchetypeCatalog= -DinteractiveMode=true

Prerequisites for maven to work.

You need to have adobe repository reference in your maven settings.xml file.











<releaseRepository-Name>Adobe Public Releases</releaseRepository-Name>






<name>Adobe Public Repository</name>















<name>Adobe Public Repository</name>














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