Maven archetype for WildFly applications tutorial

In this tutorial we will learn how to use WildFly Maven archetype to speed up your project creation either from the command line or using an IDE. We will also show how to use the built-in test Classes to test the built-in resources.

Maven archetypes in a nutshell

An archetype in a nutshell is a plugin, that contains the project prototype you wish to create and consists of:

  • An archetype descriptor (archetype-metadata.xml in directory: src/main/resources/META-INF/maven) which lists all the files that will be contained in the archetype
  • The resources that make up the archetype (in: src/main/resources/archetype-resources/)
  • The prototype for the pom.xml (in: src/main/resources/archetype-resources)
  • A pom.xml file which describes the archetype (pom.xml in the archetype’s root directory).

WildFly provides a series of Maven archetypes to simplify the creation of Enterprise Applications:

  • wildfly-jakartaee-webapp-archetype: WildFly archetype for blank WAR project
  • wildfly-jakartaee-ear-archetype: WildFly archetype for blank EAR project
  • wildfly-subsystem: WildFly archetype for a subsystem project
  • wildfly-getting-started-archetype: WildFly archetype with sample code

To learn more about subsystem creation in WildFly, check this article: Creating a new subsystem in WildFly made simple

In this tutorial we will show how to use the latest one, which includes also a basic REST Application to give you the foundations for a Jakarta EE Applications. You can check the available versions for this archetype on the default Maven repository:

How to create an application using WildFly archetype

To create an application, refer to the wildfly-getting-started-archetype providing the Maven GAV coordinates for your project. For example:

mvn archetype:generate -DartifactId=sampleproject -Dversion=1.0-SNAPSHOT -DarchetypeGroupId=org.wildfly.archetype -DarchetypeArtifactId=wildfly-getting-started-archetype -DarchetypeVersion=31.0.0.Final

Let’s have a closer look at our application using an IDE:

wildfly maven archetype

The sample project is basically a REST Service which contains the following built-in endpoint:

import jakarta.inject.Inject;

public class GettingStartedEndpoint {

    private GettingStartedService service;

    public Response sayHello(final @PathParam("name") String name) {
        String response = service.hello(name);

        return Response.ok(response).build();

The archetype also created two Arquillian Test Classes. The first one uses Jakarta HTTP Client API to Test the REST Endpoint:

public class GettingStartedApplicationIT {

    public void testHelloEndpoint() {
        try (Client client = ClientBuilder.newClient()) {
            Response response = client

            assertEquals(200, response.getStatus());
            assertEquals("Hello 'World'.", response.readEntity(String.class));


Then, the second one, on the other hand, uses CDI Injection to test directly the Service:

public class  GettingStartedServiceIT {

    public static WebArchive createTestArchive() {
        return ShrinkWrap.create(WebArchive.class, "GettingStartedServiceIT.war")

    GettingStartedService service;

    public void testService() {
        String result = service.hello("World");
        assertEquals("Hello 'World'.", result);

        result = service.hello("Monde");
        assertEquals("Hello 'Monde'.", result);

Building and Testing

To build and test the application you can just run the goal “install” from the Command Line:

mvn install

As a result of the build, you should see the outcome of the two Tests which are in your project:

[INFO] Tests run: 1, Failures: 0, Errors: 0, Skipped: 0, Time elapsed: 7.510 s -- in org.wildfly.examples.GettingStartedServiceIT
[INFO] Running org.wildfly.examples.GettingStartedApplicationIT
[INFO] Tests run: 1, Failures: 0, Errors: 0, Skipped: 0, Time elapsed: 0.437 s -- in org.wildfly.examples.GettingStartedApplicationIT
12:34:07,853 INFO  [] (management-handler-thread - 1) WFLYSRV0272: Suspending server

To deploy the application on a running WildFly Server you can use the WildFly Maven plugin:

mvn wildfly:deploy

Please notice that the default pom.xml is configured to deploy the application on the Root Web Context:


As a result, you can access your application at localhost:8080

jboss and wildfly maven archetype


This article was a quick walk through the set up, build and test of a REST Application using WildFly Maven archetype wildfly-getting-started-archetype . You can experiment variations of this example choosing a different archetype from the repository.

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