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In this tutorial, we provide a step-by-step guide on how to create a web project using Maven in Eclipse.


  • Eclipse IDE (Mars release)
  • Java 1.8
  • Apache tomcat 8

1. Step-1

Open eclipse, then select File -> New -> Maven Project.

New Project Maven

2. Step-2

In the next screen, select the workspace of the project and keep the other options as default then click “Next”:

New Maven Project

3. Step-3

In the following screen, select “maven-archetype-webapp” then click “Next”:

Maven Web Archetype

4. Step-4

In the final screen, fill the mandatory fields as the following:

Maven Artificat Id

  • “Group Id”:  denotes a unique “dot” separated group name, which is used by external projects that link to yours, this field is normally set as the company name.
  • “Artifact Id”: denotes the name of the web project.
  • The main package of the project is the concatenation of “Group Id” + “Artifact Id”

Click “Finish”.

5. Step-5

Eclipse now generates a dynamic web project called “SimpleWebProject”, in case you face this error inside index.jsp:

The superclass "javax.servlet.http.HttpServlet" was not found on the Java Build Path    index.jsp

then just add the following dependency to pom.xml:


6. Step-6

In order to compile your project with Java 8, add the following property to pom.xml:


then right click project -> Maven -> Update Project

7. Step-7

Here we go, the structure of the generated project looks like the following:

folder structure

8. Step-8

Finally deploy the web application on Tomcat, if you haven’t setup Tomcat in your eclipse, then follow this guide.

After the deployment, you would be able to access index.jsp through the following url:


That’s it.


In this tutorial, we provide a step-by-step guide on how to create a web project using Maven in Eclipse.

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