The RPM builder Maven plugin allows one to create RPM files without the use of the rpmbuild command line tool, in pure Java. It does work on Linux, Windows, Mac OS X and any other platform running at least Java 8.


  • Files and directories can be specified manually, one by one, or collected from the file system

  • Rulesets allow one to apply meta information like “user”, “group”, “mode”, etc which are not available in the file system on e.g. the Windows platform


The default way this plugin creates an RPM version from a Maven versions is as follows:

  • Non-SNAPSHOT versions are taken as is an get the release 1 assigned.

  • The Non-SNAPSHOT release value can be overridden using the parameter release.

  • SNAPSHOT versions will get the -SNAPSHOT removed and get a generated release identifier assigned.

  • The release identifier is a combination of the parameter snapshotReleasePrefix (defaults to 0.) and the value of the parameter snapshotBuildId (defaults to the current timestamp in the format yyyyMMddHHmm).

  • The parameter “release” has no effect for “-SNAPSHOT” versions. Unless the parameter forceRelease is set to true, in which case the build will always fall back to the Non-SNAPSHOT behavior and use the release field as it is.

For example will the RPM version for the Maven version 1.0.0 be 1.0.0-1. And the Maven version of 1.0.0-SNAPSHOT will result in 1.0.0-0.201604250101 (depending on the actual date and time).

The result of these rules are SNAPSHOT releases which is always lower than the final release. Unless you override using forceRelease and and snapshotBuildId.


All contributions are welcome!

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