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Sunday
Jul242011

Maven Search Site Online

I was a bit surprised to find out about this, but in teaching a couple of Maven courses two weeks ago, I did my usual "and you can go to the Maven Central repository at repo1.maven.org/maven2" - but things changed on me...

For years (since the inception of Maven), when you browsed that repository URL, you'd get a file listing of the entire repository, which you could drill down into manually.  Wanna see what's in commons-lang/commons-lang/2.6?  Just click away.  However, there was no search.  In fact, there were two search URLs that I knew of (and more I'm sure) - such as mvnrepository.com and repository.sonatype.org (I think, that URL is offline now).

It looks like Nexus is powering the Maven central repo now, and also they've put a message up at that central URL:

Browsing for this directory has been disabled.

View this directory's contents on http://search.maven.org instead.

Huh.  Ok, so I'll bite...  If you go to the http://search.maven.org site, you'll see a nice search engine.  I typed in commons-lang, and lo and behold, there is a 3.0 version too.  Click on the image below to see the whole screen capture, if you're curious.

 

Maven Central Search Engine
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I'm glad they did this. The Nexus repository gives useful reports on dependencies, and provides the mounting code for a number of dependency managers, including Maven, Ivy, Buildr, and more. A nice touch. By the way, the new URL to remember is http://search.maven.org!

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