IntelliJ IDEA lets you manage Maven projects. You can link, ignore projects, synchronize changes in Maven and IntelliJ IDEA projects, and configure the build and run actions.
Navigate to POM
Ignore a Maven project
You can de-activate a Maven project using the Ignore Projects option. In this case, IntelliJ IDEA keeps the ignored Maven projects and subprojects in the Maven tool window, but stops their import (modules, content roots, goals, and so on) to the project. However, IntelliJ IDEA synchronizes the ignored projects with the current one. It might be helpful when you work with a project that has multiple subprojects and need to skip irrelevant ones.
In the Maven tool window, right-click the project that you want to ignore.
From the context menu, select Ignore Project.
In the window that opens, click Yes if you want to remove the project from the Projects tool window.
If you want to activate your Maven projects or subprojects, select Unignore Projects from the context menu.
Ignore POM of a linked project from the Maven settings
You can ignore a POM file using the Ignored Files settings.
In the Settings/Preferences dialog Ctrl+Alt+S , go to .
On the Ignored Files page, select a POM you want to ignore and click OK to save the changes.
- IntelliJ IDEA displays a dialog where you can either remove or leave the selected POM file in the Project tool window.
If you keep the ignored file in the Project tool window, the POM will be displayed as ignored however you can still work with the file and modify it in the editor.
Reload a Maven project
Every time you manually change the pom.xml file in the editor, you need to load the changes. IntelliJ IDEA displays a notification icon in the right part of the editor suggesting to Load Maven Changes made to the project (Ctrl+Shift+O).
If you want to control the importing process of your project, you can manually trigger the action.
In the Maven tool window, right-click a linked project.
- From the context menu, select Reload project .
On invoking this action, IntelliJ IDEA parses the project structure in the Maven tool window.
IntelliJ IDEA cannot reload just a part of your project, it reloads the whole project including subprojects and dependencies.
If you configure a dependency through the Project Structure dialog (click , from the main menu), the dependency will only appear in the IntelliJ IDEA Project tool window, not in the Maven tool window. Note that the next time you reload your project, IntelliJ IDEA will remove the added dependency since IntelliJ IDEA considers the Maven configuration as a single source of truth.
Configure the auto-reload
In the Settings/Preferences dialog Ctrl+Alt+S , go to .
Alternatively, In the Maven tool window, click and select the Auto-Reload Settings option.
- In the Build tools settings, specify the following options:
Reload changes in the build scripts: this option is selected by default. If you want to disable the auto-reload and manually control the reloading process, unselect this checkbox.
- Any changes: select this option if you want to automatically reload the project after any changes you make to pom.xml or external changes.
Every time you manually change the Maven build script in the editor, you need to load the changes. IntelliJ IDEA displays a nofication icon in the right part of the editor suggesting to Load Maven Changes made to the project (Ctrl+Shift+O). With the Any changes option, IntelliJ IDEA reloads all the changes automatically.
External chages: when you select this option, IntelliJ IDEA automatically reloads the project only after the VCS changes and changes made to the build files outside the IDE.
Add a Maven config file to a Maven project
If you want to add files such as maven.config or jvm.config, you can do so by creating an empty file in the project.
In the Project tool window, right-click a directory where you want to create a file.
In the context menu, select New | File.
- In the dialog that opens, enter a name of the file (maven.config or jvm.config) and click OK.
When you import your project, IntelliJ IDEA reads a content located in the maven.config file, but keep in mind that the content of the jvm.config is ignored.
For more information about the Maven config files, refer to https://maven.apache.org/configure.html.
Link and unlink a Maven project
Link a Maven project
Unlink a Maven project
Delegate build and run actions to Maven
By default, IntelliJ IDEA uses the native IntelliJ IDEA builder to build a Maven project. It might be helpful if you have a pure Java or a Kotlin project since IntelliJ IDEA supports the incremental build which significantly speeds up the building process. However, if you have a configuration that changes the compilation on the fly, or your build generates an artifact with a custom layout, then Maven would be preferable for the building process.
Build a project with Maven
Click in the Maven tool window. Alternatively, from the main menu select .
Click Maven and from the list, select Runner.
On the Runner page, select Delegate IDE build/run actions to maven.
From the main menu, selectCtrl+F9. IntelliJ IDEA invokes the appropriate Maven goals.
Click on the status bar to view the results of the sync in the Build tool window.
Run and debug with Maven
When the Delegate IDE build/run actions to maven is selected, IntelliJ IDEA runs and debugs your code using Maven. HotSwap is also gets triggered, and the classes are reloaded during a debugging process.
You can use regular run and debug actions as you would in any other projects.
Depending on what action you want to use, from the main menu, selector .
Check the results in the Run tool window or in the Debug tool window if you are debugging your code. For example, when you run the main method Ctrl+Shift+F10 in your Java project, IntelliJ IDEA uses Maven to run the class.