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PME @ Red Hat

Standardize Your Builds


POM Manipulation Extension (PME) is a Maven tool to align the versions in your POMs according to some external reference, sort of like a BOM but much more extensive and without the added baggage of a BOM declaration.

It is suppplied as a core library, a Maven extension (in the sense of installing to lib/ext, not pom.xml <extensions/>) and a command line tool.

PME excels in a cleanroom environment where large numbers of pre-existing projects must be rebuilt. To minimize the number of builds necessary, PME supports aligning dependency versions using an external BOM-like reference. However, it can also use a similar POM external reference to align plugin versions, and inject standardized plugin executions into project builds. Because in this scenario you’re often rebuilding projects from existing release tags, PME also supports appending a rebuild version suffix, such as rebuild-1, where the actual rebuild number is automatically incremented beyond the highest rebuild number detected in the Maven repository.

Release Notes

For a list of changes please see here


Installation as CLI tool.

Obtain the jar from here and then it may be invoked as

java -jar pom-manipulation-cli-<version>.jar

It supports the following arguments

-d,--debug                Enable debug
-D <arg>                  Java Properties
-f,--file <arg>           POM file
-h,--help                 Print help
-l,--log <arg>            Log file to output logging to
--log-context <arg>       Add log-context ID
-o,--outputFile <arg>     outputFile to output dependencies to. Only
                          used with '-p' (Print all project
-P,--activeProfiles <arg> Comma separated list of active profiles.
-p,--printDeps            Print all project dependencies
--printGAVTC              Print all project dependencies in
                          group:artifact:version:type:classifier with
                          scope information
-s,--settings <arg>       Optional settings.xml file
-t,--trace                Enable trace
-x <arg> <arg>            XPath tester ( file : xpath )

Note that all property arguments are the equivalent to those used when it is used as a Maven extension.

Installation as an Extension

Installing PME is as simple as grabbing the binary and copying it to your ${MAVEN_HOME}/lib/ext directory. Once PME is installed, Maven should output something like the following when run:

[INFO] Maven-Manipulation-Extension

Uninstalling the extension is equally simple: just delete it from ${MAVEN_HOME}/lib/ext.

Disabling the Extension

You can disable PME using the manipulation.disable property:

$ mvn -Dmanipulation.disable=true clean install

If you want to make it more permanent, you could add it to your settings.xml:


Extension Marker File

When the extension runs it writes out a control marker file in the execution root target directory. This is named pom-manip-ext-marker.txt. If this marker file exists PME will not run a second time instead logging:

Skipping manipulation as previous execution found.

Removing the target directory will allow PME to be run again.

Summary Logging

PME will output a summary of its changes at the end of the run. As well as reporting version, property, dependency and plugin alignment it is also possible to report what hasn’t been aligned by setting the property reportNonAligned=true. This summary may also be output to a file if reportTxtOutputFile is set.

Finally it will also output the comparator summary as a JSON file. By default this report will be placed within the execution root target directory (next to the marker file above). However it may be configured by setting reportJSONOutputFile.

  "executionRoot" : {
    "groupId" : "",
    "artifactId" : "foo-parent",
    "version" : "7.0.0.Final-rebuild-1",
    "originalGAV" : ""
  "modules" : [ {
    "gav" : {
      "groupId" : "",
      "artifactId" : "foo-parent",
      "version" : "7.0.0.Final-rebuild-1",
      "originalGAV" : ""
    "properties" : {

This JSON file may be read as POJO by using the JSONUtils class which utilises the json package.

Feature Guide

Below are links to more specific information about configuring sets of features in PME: