AWS Lambda
Developer Guide

Creating a .jar Deployment Package Using Maven without any IDE (Java)

This section shows how to package your Java code into a deployment package using Maven at the command line.

Before You Begin

You will need to install the Maven command-line build tool. For more information, go to Maven. If you are using Linux, check your package manager.

sudo apt-get install mvn

if you are using Homebrew

brew install maven

Project Structure Overview

After you set up the project, you should have the following folder structure:

project-dir/pom.xml          project-dir/src/main/java/ (your code goes here)

Your code will then be in the /java folder. For example, if your package name is example and you have a class in it, the structure will be:


After you build the project, the resulting .jar file (that is, your deployment package), will be in the project-dir/target subdirectory.

Step 1: Create Project

Follow the steps in this section to create a Java project.

  1. Create a project directory (project-dir).

  2. In the project-dir directory, create the following:

    • Project Object Model file, pom.xml. Add the following project information and configuration details for Maven to build the project.

      <project xmlns="" xmlns:xsi="" xsi:schemaLocation=""> <modelVersion>4.0.0</modelVersion> <groupId>doc-examples</groupId> <artifactId>lambda-java-example</artifactId> <packaging>jar</packaging> <version>1.0-SNAPSHOT</version> <name>lambda-java-example</name> <dependencies> <dependency> <groupId>com.amazonaws</groupId> <artifactId>aws-lambda-java-core</artifactId> <version>1.1.0</version> </dependency> </dependencies> <build> <plugins> <plugin> <groupId>org.apache.maven.plugins</groupId> <artifactId>maven-shade-plugin</artifactId> <version>2.3</version> <configuration> <createDependencyReducedPom>false</createDependencyReducedPom> </configuration> <executions> <execution> <phase>package</phase> <goals> <goal>shade</goal> </goals> </execution> </executions> </plugin> </plugins> </build> </project>


      • In the dependencies section, the groupId (that is, com.amazonaws) is the Amazon AWS group ID for Maven artifacts in the Maven Central Repository. The artifactId (that is, aws-lambda-java-core) is the AWS Lambda core library that provides definitions of the RequestHandler, RequestStreamHandler, and the Context AWS Lambda interfaces for use in your Java application. At the build time Maven resolves these dependencies.

      • In the plugins section, the Apache maven-shade-plugin is a plugin that Maven will download and use during your build process. This plugin is used for packaging jars to create a standalone .jar (a .zip file), your deployment package.

      • If you are following other tutorial topics in this guide, the specific tutorials might require you to add more dependencies. Make sure to add those dependencies as required.

  3. In the project-dir, create the following structure:


  4. Under the /java subdirectory you add your Java files and folder structure, if any. For example, if you Java package name is example, and source code is, your directory structure looks like this:


Step 2: Build Project (Create Deployment Package)

Now you can build the project using Maven at the command line.

  1. At a command prompt, change directory to the project directory (project-dir).

  2. Run the following mvn command to build the project:

    $ mvn package

    The resulting .jar is saved as project-dir/target/lambda-java-example-1.0-SNAPSHOT.jar. The .jar name is created by concatenating the artifactId and version in the pom.xml file.

    The build creates this resulting .jar, using information in the pom.xml to do the necessary transforms. This is a standalone .jar (.zip file) that includes all the dependencies. This is your deployment package that you can upload to AWS Lambda to create a Lambda function.