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What is Maven
Installing Maven
Check for Java Version
Homebrew install Maven
Installing from package
Frequently Asked Questions
What do you mean by POM?
What is Java?
What is Maven used for?
What is the difference between Maven and Jenkins?
Last Updated: Mar 27, 2024

How to install Maven on Mac OS

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Hello ninjas, in this blog, we will discuss Maven and how to install it on mac Os.

A maven is a valuable tool written in JAVA that has made Project object model(POM) programming much easier and more efficient. 


What is Maven

Maven is an impeccable product management tool that is written in Java. Maven helps in the Project object model (POM) programming in C#, Ruby, Scala etc. 

Maven not only checks builds but also develops reports and test automation setups.

Maven is a boon to every Java developer and mainly aims at increasing time efficiency and helping complete the project in minimal time. 

To learn more about Maven, please refer to Maven_library of code studio.

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Installing Maven

Check for Java Version

To install Maven, you must first check if you have installed the latest version of Java.

Open the terminal and type: java -version

java jdk

Please refer to setting up environment to install Java.

Homebrew install Maven

Maven can be installed through Homebrew which is a package manager for macOS.

For this, you must install homebrew on your Mac.

Now, open the terminal and run the command: brew install maven

installing maven

To check if Maven was perfectly installed, just type in the terminal: mvn --version

checking maven version

Maven will install the packages at /usr/local/Cellar/maven/${version} 

maven packages

The Maven will put its configuration file(settings.xml) in /usr/local/opt/maven/libexec/conf.

configuration settings

The core executable file is at /usr/local/bin/

executible files

Brew info maven shows the details of the Maven package.

info abouot maven packages

The brew list maven shows the list.

maven lsit

Installing from package

If Homebrew fails, or you want to install Maven manually. 

Download Maven package after verifying your system requirements, for instance, apache-maven-3.8.7-bin.tar.gz .

You can also use a source archive if you want to build maven yourself.

To check your environment variable value:


After installing, extract the distribution package in any directory using any extraction tool.

Lastly, just add the bin directory to the path environment variable

export PATH=/opt/apache-maven-3.8.7/bin:$PATH 

To check the correct installation use: mvn -version

maven version

Frequently Asked Questions

What do you mean by POM?

POM means project object model. It contains the information and configuration details of the project.

What is Java?

Java is a high-level object-oriented programming language.

What is Maven used for?

Maven is used to completing a project in a shorter interval of time. Maven helps in developing build systems and testing automation setups.

What is the difference between Maven and Jenkins?

A maven is a project-building tool that helps faster development. Jenkins is used in the implementation of continuous integration (CI)


We hope this blog successfully helped you understand what Maven is and how to install it on Mac OS.

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