Installing Apache Maven 3 on Windows


Apache Maven is a popular automation build tool and mainly used for Java development projects. Apache Maven 3 installation is a straightforward process for beginner.

In this tutorial, we’ll walks you through the steps to install and setup Apache Maven 3 on Microsoft Windows operating system.

What We Used

1. Install JDK

You need to install JDK (But not JRE) on your Windows before start the Apache Maven 3 installation.

If you already have JDK installed on your Windows, use Java command java -version in command prompt window to verify the JDK installed version is required by Maven.

C:\>java -version
java version "1.7.0_79"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.7.0_79-b15)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 24.79-b02, mixed mode)

JDK version requirement:

  • Maven 3.3 requires JDK 1.7 or later
  • Maven 3.2 requires JDK 1.6 or later
  • Maven 3.0 and 3.1 requires JDK 1.5 or later


Set the JAVA_HOME in environment variables. Maven requires JAVA_HOME to be configured in order to work properly.

Use command echo %JAVA_HOME% to verify the JAVA_HOME is configured correctly.

C:\>echo %JAVA_HOME%
C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.7.0_79

3. Install Maven 3

Download Apache Maven 3 binary ZIP file (For example, from Apache Maven download page and extract it to C:\Program Files\Apache Software Foundation directory.

Apache Maven 3 Installation Directory

4. Add Maven to PATH

Open the Environment Variables dialog box, under System Variables, add Maven bin folder C:\Program Files\Apache Software Foundation\apache-maven-3.3.9\bin to the Path variable.

Add Apache Maven 3 to Path Environment Variable

Note: Remember to put a semicolon character ; as delimiter to separate the Maven bin path with other paths.

5. Verify Maven Installation

In final step, verify the Apache Maven installation, simply execute the following commands in the Command Prompt window:

mvn --version


mvn -v

The output will show your installed version of Maven like below:

C:\>mvn --version
Apache Maven 3.3.9 (bb52d8502b132ec0a5a3f4c09453c07478323dc5; 2015-11-11T00:41:47+08:00)
Maven home: C:\Program Files\Apache Software Foundation\apache-maven-3.3.9\bin\..
Java version: 1.7.0_79, vendor: Oracle Corporation
Java home: C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.7.0_79\jre
Default locale: en_MY, platform encoding: Cp1252
OS name: "windows 7", version: "6.1", arch: "amd64", family: "windows"


Congratulations! You have successfully installed Apache Maven 3 on Windows. You can start using Maven in your Java development projects.

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