Building Maven Projects with Team Foundation Build


For a while now, we’ve been helping our Java customers by providing the Teamprise Build Extensions to allow people to easily build Ant based projects using Team Foundation Build and publish JUnit test results into TFS for inclusion in the reports etc.  With the release of Teamprise 3.2 we also released a new version of the Teamprise Build Extensions which enables Maven based builds to be performed under Team Foundation Build with the same ease.  We’ve been using this with a few different customers this year and it has proven to be very successful so I wanted to spread the word a little.

The easiest way to build a Maven project from Team Foundation Server is to install the Teamprise Build Extensions on your build server using the MSI installer provided on the download site (  You must also have a Java JDK and a copy of Maven 2 installed on the build server.  See the User’s Guide for full details.

You can then use a copy of Teamprise Explorer or the Teamprise Plug-in for Eclipse to create the build definition. 

Team Explorer in Teamprise

Once you have given the build definition a name and specified what should be included in the build using the usual options, go to the Project File section. 

Project File section of Build Definition dialog

Just as in Visual Studio you can change the folder that you want the build configuration to be stored (1) but when you press the Create button (2) things differ a bit from  the Visual Studio interface.

Teamprise Build Configuration Wizard

As you can see, you are prompted as to what type of build you would like to create. When connected to a TFS 2008 server you will be offered two options, Ant and Maven.  In our case we are going to select Maven and then we get to pick the master POM file for our Maven 2 build

 Maven Build Configuration Wizard

The wizard will then create the TFSBuild.proj file necessary to run the Maven 2 project and check it into the build configuration folder specified previously.  You can then define you trigger and build agent just as you would normally and you should be good to go.

As well as creating the build definition, the Teamprise client simply creates a TFSBuild.proj file in the following format which you could easily create yourself if you wanted to create the build from Visual Studio or something.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>

<Project DefaultTargets="DesktopBuild" xmlns="" ToolsVersion="3.5">


  <!-- Do not edit this -->

  <Import Project="$(MSBuildExtensionsPath)\Microsoft\VisualStudio\TeamBuild\Microsoft.TeamFoundation.Build.targets" />

  <Import Project="$(MSBuildExtensionsPath)\Teamprise\v2\Teamprise.Build.Maven2.targets" />















      System.Reason=Build Failure;System.Description=Start the build using Team Build


    <WorkItemTitle>Build failure in build:</WorkItemTitle>

    <DescriptionText>This work item created on a build failure.</DescriptionText>

    <BuildlogText>The build log file is at:</BuildlogText>

    <ErrorWarningLogText>The errors/warnings log file is at:</ErrorWarningLogText>





    <!--  Maven 2 Call Configuration. 

          The POM file called should be included in the workspace of the build definition.


    <MavenPomFile Include="$/Billing/Main/billing-service/pom.xml">















The Import statement at the top is calling the Teamprise.Build.Maven2.targets file. This safely inserts the call to Maven 2 into the Team Foundation Build process. It uses the MavenPomFile item group to specify the server path of the POM file to build – this is converted into a local path as part of the build process.

The Maven 2 integration will listen for surefire steps as part of the build process and automatically include those files in the list of JUnit results to publish to TFS. It will also automatically copy any files in the Maven 2 targets directory over to the drop location for build archival purposes.

The Teamprise Build Extensions are provided free of charge, and the source code is available under the permissive open source MS-PL license if you want to take a look in more detail at what they do and how they do it.

Internally, we also have a Maven SCM Provider for TFS coded up and we are about to submit this to the Maven project so that people using Maven will be able to perform SCM operations easily from inside their projects (and use things like the Maven Release plug-in to perform releases).  If you would like a copy of the SCM provider in the mean time then let me know and I can send you a copy.

Looking forward to hearing what people think.  Now that we have both Maven 2 and Ant support for building Java projects in Team Foundation Server this really helps Java development be a first class citizen in the TFS world. I’m always keen to hear feedback how we can improve the situation further if you have any suggestions then let me know.


Teamprise continues to do great stuff - thanks Martin!

Nice work. Next step is invoking builds on a Linux box!

> Internally, we also have a Maven SCM Provider for TFS coded up

What's the status of this in Nov 2009?

It has been accepted by the Maven SCM project (

As I understand it, you should be able to make use of the plug-in today by explicitly adding a dependency to the scm plugin (i.e. adding the following to your POM)





This will automatically download and install the required jar and pom files. Alernatively you should be able to find it here:

As you can see, it's a snapshot release, which will become part of the upcoming SCM 1.3 release.


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