Building Apache CXF source with the NetBeans IDE

The NetBeans IDE has native Maven support. This means that nothing needs to be setup to get things to work (i.e., downloading Maven plugins is not necessary).

Setting Maven Options

TODO: Explain setting MAVEN_OPTS relative to NetBeans.



Unix (e.g. Solaris/Linux) or Windows

-Xmx512M -XX:MaxPermSize=128M

64 bit Unix/Windows and/or out-of-memory or PermGen space errors

MAVEN_OPTS=-Xmx768M -XX:MaxPermSize=192M

64 bit Unix/Windows with JDK 1.6 (update 14 or later)

-XX:MaxPermSize=128m -Xmx512M -XX:+UseCompressedOops

Building the source

Here are the steps to build Apache CXF source with NetBeans:

  • Start NetBeans 7.0
  • Open the Apache CXF project ( File->Open Project->[Find and Select Parent CXF POM] ). Click on the Open Project button.
  • Select Tools->Options->Miscellaneous Icon->Maven Tab. In the "Global Execution Options:" edit box, add desired options (if any) followed by clicking OK:

Profile option



Builds everything including the distribution modules that are normally excluded and the sample projects.


Builds CXF without running Checkstyle


Builds CXF without running Checkstyle or the tests

Example: -Peverything,fastinstall

  • Right click "Apache CXF" and select "Clean and Build".