M2_REPO – Change maven repository location in eclipse

Maven dependencies can be read from Eclipse IDE which maven exposes through M2_REPO classpath variable. m2_repo points to maven’s local repository location in workspace.

m2_repo class variable must be added to eclipse’s class path variable on build path before using maven’s dependencies.

1. Manually change maven repository location in Eclipse

1.1. Navigate to Windows > Preferences


1.2. Navigate to Java > Build path > Classpath Variables


1.3. Define new classpath variable “M2_REPO”

Create new variable M2_REPO and point it to maven local repository location.


1.4. Verify that variable has been added


2. Update M2_REPO from command line – eclipse:configure-workspace

Alternatively, you can define and add M2_REPO via Maven command "eclipse:configure-workspace".

For example this is the output of command in my system.

Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.17134.228]
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C:\Users\Lokesh>mvn -Declipse.workspace="E:\devsetup\workspace" eclipse:configure-workspace
[INFO] Scanning for projects...
[INFO] ------------------< org.apache.maven:standalone-pom >-------------------
[INFO] Building Maven Stub Project (No POM) 1
[INFO] --------------------------------[ pom ]---------------------------------
[INFO] --- maven-eclipse-plugin:2.10:configure-workspace (default-cli) @ standalone-pom ---
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] Total time: 0.815 s
[INFO] Finished at: 2018-09-09T14:50:20+05:30
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
Add m2_repo from command prompt
Add m2_repo from command prompt

Happy Learning !!


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