This article covers a Bloomreach Experience Manager version 11. There's an updated version available that covers our most recent release.

Create the Project

Create an empty Hippo project on your file system.

Maven archetypes are templates of projects. Maven can generate a new project from such a template. To create a new project, type the command shown below. This will create a new project folder with a name equal to the chosen artifactId, containing the generated project. On Windows, run the command on a single line and leave out the line continuation characters ('\').

mvn org.apache.maven.plugins:maven-archetype-plugin:2.4:generate \
-DarchetypeRepository= \
-DarchetypeGroupId=org.onehippo.cms7 \
-DarchetypeArtifactId=hippo-project-archetype \
If you're behind a proxy, you need to use appropriate settings in your Maven configuration file. See the Maven Guide to Using Proxies on how to do that.

We make an effort to keep this page up to date with the latest stable archetype version. You can always check here for the latest archetype:

Also see Version Numbering for a list of Hippo CMS releases and corresponding archetype versions.

The Hippo archetype is configured with default values for all properties required by the archetype. If you want to customize any of these property values, type 'n' when prompted for confirmation.

You can specify values for the following properties:

  • groupId - the project's Maven group ID, like 'com.mycompany'
  • artifactId - the project's main artifact ID. For the purpose of consistency, this trail uses the value 'myhippoproject'.
  • version number - we recommend that you use the default value. It is a Maven best practice to have '-SNAPSHOT' in the version number during development; the Maven release plugin makes use of that string. Deviate from this when your project has explicit, different requirements.
  • package name - the name of the Java package within which the code for your site application will live. A folder structure representing this package name will be generated automatically. Typically, the package name will resemble the Maven groupId.
  • project name - the (free text) name of the new project.
Do not use special characters such as dot or dash in the artifactId. Also avoid using 'cms' or 'hippo' as artifactId because these are known to cause naming conflicts. Apart from that we recommend to stick with Maven naming conventions: you can choose practically any other name you want with lowercase letters and without special characters.

Maven now creates the new project in a directory named after the value of the artifactId property you specified. The project contains 4 modules / sub-projects:

  • cms - produces the CMS web application, which includes the repository, configured to use an embedded, file-based database storage.
  • bootstrap - produces three JAR files containing resources that represent the initial content of the repository, split between CMS content, CMS and site configuration and web files. If the repository finds no database content during start-up, it loads this content into a fresh database.
  • site - produces the Hippo delivery tier-based site web application, which connects to the repository to show the content on a website.
  • essentials - produces the setup web application, which helps you configuring and extending your Hippo project.

Continue to build the project

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