Getting started with Maven


Maven is a comprehensive project management system built around the concept of POM (Project Object Model). One of the main advantages is the automated handling of project dependencies, including their download. For more information on Maven, check the project home page.

The Maven support appeared to be important for many Restlet users. The initial response was to automatically generate the POM files for each module JAR shipped within the Restlet distribution. This enabled users to upload those JAR files to a local Maven repository.

But, this was clearly not easy enough and forced users to download the full distribution for each new version released, instead of just updating a couple of JARs. There also was issues with some third-party dependencies which aren't available in public Maven repositories, like the db4o, AsyncWeb or Simple.

That's why it has been decided to launch our dedicated Maven repository. It is freely accessible from and contains all Restlet JARs and third party dependencies that aren't available in the main public Maven repository.

Public repository configuration

Here are some instructions about how to configure Maven client to work with the online Maven repository.

You should have Maven installed.

  • Go to Maven download page
  • Download the latest version of Maven and install it on your local computer
  • Add Maven bin folder to your PATH

Declare the repository for your project or for a parent project by updating the pom.xml file and adding the following code to the <repositories> section:

  <name>Public online Restlet repository</name>

As an alternative, you can also declare the repository for all of your projects. Go to the directory on the local computer where you just install Maven. Open and edit conf/settings.xml file. Add to the <profiles> section the following code:

      <name>Public online Restlet repository</name>

Just after the </profiles> add the following:


Available artifacts

The following table lists the available artifacts and their group and artifact ids. With the introduction of the editions for the Restlet framework, it is necessary to make a distinction between an extension for a given edition and the same extension for another extension simply because the code of the extension may change between each edition. This distinction is reflected in the group id of each artifacts which contains a reference to an edition.They are all set on the same pattern: "org.restlet.<edition>" where "<edition>" is three-letters code of an edition among:

  • jse (Java SE edition)
  • jee (Java EE edition),
  • gae (Google App Engine edition),
  • android (Android edition)
  • gwt (Google Web Toolkit edition),
  • osgi (OSGi Environments edition).

You can find here a full view of the list of extensions and the editions that ship them. 

artifactId Description
org.restlet Restlet API
org.restlet.ext.atom Support for the Atom syndication and the AtomPub (Atom Publication Protocol) standards in their 1.0 version.
org.restlet.ext.crypto Support for cryptography.
org.restlet.ext.e4 Support for the WADL specification.
org.restlet.ext.emf Integration with Eclipse Modeling Framework.
org.restlet.ext.fileupload Integration with Apache FileUpload.
org.restlet.ext.freemarker Integration with FreeMarker.
org.restlet.ext.gae Integration to the Google App Engine UserService for the GAE edition.
org.restlet.ext.gson Support for GSON representations.
org.restlet.ext.gwt Server-side integration with GWT.
org.restlet.ext.html Support for the HTML (HyperText Markup Language) standard in its 4.0 version and above.
org.restlet.ext.httpclient Integration with Apache Commons HTTP Client.
org.restlet.ext.jaas Support for JAAS based security.
org.restlet.ext.jackson Integration with Jackson.
org.restlet.ext.javamail Integration with JavaMail.
org.restlet.ext.jaxb Integration with Java XML Binding.
org.restlet.ext.jaxrs Implementation of JAX-RS (JSR-311)
org.restlet.ext.jdbc Integration with Java DataBase Connectivity (JDBC).
org.restlet.ext.jetty Integration with Jetty.
org.restlet.ext.jibx Integration with JiBX.
org.restlet.ext.json Support for JSON representations.
org.restlet.ext.jsslutils Utilities to provide additional SSL support.
org.restlet.ext.lucene Integration with Apache Lucene, Solr and Tika sub-projects.
org.restlet.ext.nio Integration with java.nio package.
org.restlet.ext.oauth Support for OAuth HTTP authentication.
org.restlet.ext.odata Integration with OData services.
org.restlet.ext.openid Support for OpenID authentication.
org.restlet.ext.osgi Support for the OSGi specification.
org.restlet.ext.rdf Support for the RDF parsing and generation.
org.restlet.ext.rome Support for syndicated representations via the ROME library.
org.restlet.ext.sdc Integration with Google Secure Data Connector on the cloud side.
org.restlet.ext.servlet Integration with Servlet API.
org.restlet.ext.simple Integration with Simple framework.
org.restlet.ext.sip Support for Session Initiation Protocol (SIP).
org.restlet.ext.slf4j Support for the SLF4J logging bridge.
org.restlet.ext.spring Integration with Spring Framework.
org.restlet.ext.swagger Integration with Swagger.
org.restlet.ext.thymeleaf Integration with Thymeleaf.
org.restlet.ext.velocity Integration with Apache Velocity.
org.restlet.ext.wadl Support for the WADL specification.
org.restlet.ext.xdb Integration within OracleJVM via the Oracle XML DB feature.
org.restlet.ext.xml Support for the XML documents.
org.restlet.ext.xstream Integration with XStream.
org.restlet.test Test module

Sample dependencies declaration

Each project based on the Restlet Framework needs to declare at least one dependency: the Restlet core module. According to your needs, you should complete the list of dependencies with the required extensions and connectors. For example, assuming your project is a Web server delivering static files, you need one HTTP server connector such as Simple. Since your Maven client correctly references the Restlet online repository, just open and edit the pom.xml file for your project and add the following lines of text into the <dependencies> section.