The Alfresco AMP Archetype is a sample fully featured project to manage AMP (Alfresco Module Package) projects. This archetype can be used for Alfresco Repository. For Share, please refer to the Share AMP archetype


Amongst other features, this archetype provides support for:

  • amp packaging support for your projects
  • AMP dependency management in Maven
  • Installation of AMPs in an Alfresco WAR
  • AMP Unit Testing support. Just run the standard mvn test and see your src/test/java Alfresco unit tests run. An sample Unit Test is provided in this archetype.
  • Embedded run in Tomcat and embedded H2 database for demo purposes, rapid application development and integration testing (NOTE: this is not a supported stack so use only for development purposes)
  • Support for (remote) Junit and integration testing and rapid development (using spring-loaded, see
  • Seamless IDE integration with Eclipse and Idea

How to create a project:

As of version 2.0-beta-3, you can create a project with the latest released archetype with the following command directly from Maven Central:

mvn archetype:generate -Dfilter=org.alfresco.maven.archetype:alfresco-amp-archetype

For previous versions, you need to use the Alfresco Artifacts repository:

mvn archetype:generate -Dfilter=org.alfresco.maven.archetype:alfresco-amp-archetype -DarchetypeCatalog=

You should then:

  1. Select the alfresco-amp-archetype version
  2. Specify the groupId and artifactId for the project you want to create
  3. (Optionally) Select Alfresco Version / Edition (current default is: Alfresco Community 4.2.c)

You can find new Alfresco AMP project ready to go in the artifactId folder.


Once your project is created:

  • Enter the project folder and run ./ (you might need to chmod u+x to make it executable). This will setup the SDK and the Alfresco repository (not Share or Solr).
  • Wait for the startup of the webapp and then go http://localhost:8080/alfresco.
  • Import the project in your favorite IDE (with Maven integration) and start developing right away.


Full instructions on how to use the Alfresco AMP archetype can be found on the usage page, while for more advanced use cases refer to the advanced usage page