Creating a test jar in Maven

I had an integration test utilty class in one project that I needed to use in another project. The class was located in src/test/java. Follow the steps below to package up these test classes into a jar for use as a dependency in another project.

1. Add the following plugin to the project with the test classes you want to package:


Now run

mvn clean package install

This will create a *SNAPSHOT-tests.jar in your repository. Make sure you don’t have skipTest=true otherwise the test jar will not be created.

2. From the project that needs to reference the contents of the test jar, add the following:


One thought on “Creating a test jar in Maven

  1. Thanks, for some reason this was harder to find in docs/a cookbook site than it should have been. You just saved me a bunch of time! ❤

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