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Building CXF from Source

CXF uses Maven as its build and management tool.



Building CXF

Before building CXF, you need to setup an environment variable to give Maven more memory:
On Unix

export MAVEN_OPTS="-Xmx512M"

On Windows

set MAVEN_OPTS=-Xmx512M

On 64 bit Windows, or if you're obtaining out-of-memory, you may need to expand the memory requirements above further, to 768M.

set MAVEN_OPTS=-Xmx768M

On 64bit Linux and Solaris platforms, or if you're obtaining out-of-memory errors, you may need to expand the memory requirements above further, to 768M. However, if you are using a recent version of Java6 (update 14 or later) with 64bit vm, you can use the UseCompressedOops to save memory. In that case, use:

export MAVEN_OPTS="-Xmx512M -XX:+UseCompressedOops"

To build CXF simply execute (from within the cloned git directory):

$ mvn install

Or, "mvn clean install" for subsequent runs. To build CXF without running checkstyle do:

$ mvn -Pnochecks

To build CXF without running checkstyle or the tests do:

$ mvn -Pfastinstall

To build CXF and deploy the sources to your local maven repo do the following. If you build this way you can start your own cxf project from a pom file and import it with maven eclipse:eclipse then you will have all sources correctly linked into your eclipse project:

$ mvn -Pfastinstall source:jar install

Important: For subsequent builds (e.g., after code changes are made), run "mvn clean" first to build from scratch, before using one of the mvn install commands above. (You may also wish to run "svn update" after running mvn clean but before running mvn install.)

Building releasable/testable kits

The "distribution" stuff is in the distribution module. At top level, you can run:

$ mvn install -Peverything

which will cause EVERYTHING to build in one shot, including the distribution modules that are normally excluded. As of CXF 2.3.0, it also will build all the samples to make sure they are fully buildable. To speed it up, you can use the fastinstall profile with it:

$ mvn install -Peverything,fastinstall

Setting up Eclipse

See this page for information on using the Eclipse IDE with the CXF source code.

Building with NetBeans

See this page for information on using the NetBeans IDE with the CXF source code.

Maven Repositories

If you use Maven for building your applications, Apache CXF artifacts are available from the following repository URLS:


All supported CXF releases are synced into the maven central repository:


Snapshots are available in Apache's snapshot repository:

Snapshot builds are relatively untested and unsupported and are provided for verification and testing purposes.

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