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Minimal pom.xml for executable jar

When you develop a stand-alone Java application, Maven can create the executable jar for you, with main-class and classpath manifest entries. You just need the configuration of the maven-jar-plugin shown below.

The sample pom.xml also specifies that we use Java 7 and UTF-8. You can take out the sourceEncoding and maven-compiler-plugin configurations, if you want to go with defaults instead.

<project xmlns="http://maven.apache.org/POM/4.0.0"
         xsi:schemaLocation="http://maven.apache.org/POM/4.0.0 http://maven.apache.org/xsd/maven-4.0.0.xsd">






Here is a matching minimal main class, src/main/java/net/doepner/sample/Main.java:

package net.doepner.sample;

import javax.swing.JOptionPane;

 * The class that has the main method
public class Main {

    public static void main(String[] args) {
        JOptionPane.showMessageDialog(null, "It works!");
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