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Maven Bash Completion

Maven by default does not distribute with a Bash auto completion script, only a very simple guide is provided. This script gives you more to help your daily Maven build.

Maven Wrapper is supported, too.




Example install manually:

  1. Download bashcompletion.bash and save it to any place you want, like *~/.mavenbash_completion.bash*.
  2. Make your login shell load the script automatically by adding the line below to ~/.bash_profile (note the space after dot):
    . ~/.maven_bash_completion.bash

Example install as a one-line command line call for Debian and other distro:

sudo wget --output-document /etc/bash_completion.d/mvn


To list common lifecycle phases:

$ mvn [TAB][TAB]
(list all common used lifecycle phases)
$ mvn cl[TAB][TAB]
(complete to 'clean')

To list prefix of common used plugins:

$ mvn ar[TAB][TAB]
(complete to 'archetype:')
$ mvn depe[TAB][TAB]
(complete to 'dependency:')

To list available goals for common used plugins:

$ mvn help:[TAB][TAB]
(list all available goals of maven-help-plugin)
$ mvn dependency:[TAB][TAB]
(list all available goals of maven-dependency-plugin)

To list available options:

$ mvn -[TAB][TAB]

To list -D options (like -DskipTests):

$ mvn -D[TAB][TAB]

To list available profiles (from settings.xml and pom.xml):

$ mvn -P [TAB][TAB]

$ mvn -P myapp-core,[TAB][TAB]
(multiple profles supported)

To list simple reactor projects:

$ mvn -pl [TAB][TAB]

$ mvn -pl myapp-core,[TAB][TAB]

$ mvn -rf [TAB][TAB]


Q: I get error message:

__git_reassemble_comp_words_by_ref: command not found

A: Please install git-bash-completion first.

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