Maven Setup


The purpose of this document is to assist with initial configuration of Maven.
CLDR pulls pre-release ICU4J jars from ICU's GitHub Maven repository.

At present, GitHub requires authentication even for publicly accessible repositories.

Getting Started - GitHub token

We are going to create a token. A token is used like a password, and should be kept secret as one. You can revoke a token independently from all other tokens, so we will create a token specifically for this use.

1. go to - you may need to login with a 2nd factor.

2. click "generate new token".
  • update the Note, something you will remember such as "Maven settings on my laptop"
  • give the token "read:packages" scope (permission). 
  • Click the "Generate Token" button at the bottom.
  • You will see the new token (random numbers and letters) at the top of the page. Copy it down for the following steps, but you will not need to save it permanently. 
  • You're done with this page now.


Installing Maven

You can run "mvn --version" from the command line to see if Maven is already installed. If you see "Apache Maven 3…" then you are ready to go.

Otherwise, install the "maven" package from your OS or other package manager, or see instructions under
    Mac  brew install maven

Configuring Maven

It might be helpful to refer to the GitHub documentation and the Maven documentation for settings during this step.

The file you will be modifying is .m2/settings.xml (the .m2 directory is in your HOME directory, create it if it does not exist).

If the file doesn't exist, create it with this content.  If it does exist, add the <server> stanza into the <servers> section.
Keep the id "githubicu" as it is.

<settings xmlns=""



   <username>your github id</username>
   <password>your access token</password>



Try It Out

go into the cldr/tools directory and run:

mvn package

This will run all tests and create the all-in-one tools/cldr-code/target/cldr-code.jarSee CLDR Tools for details on how to use this jar file.

More details

Building without running tests:

mvn package -DskipTests=true

Running specific tests:

    Example to run only one test from the main unit tests and one test in the web tests: (one long command line, two separate parameters)

mvn test '-Dorg.unicode.cldr.unittest.testArgs=-f:TestUntimedCounter -n -q' 
'-Dorg.unicode.cldr.unittest.web.testArgs=-f:TestMisc -n -q'

Running a specific tool from Maven:

mvn -DCLDR_DIR=$HOME/src/cldr exec:java -pl cldr-code -Dexec.mainClass=org.unicode.cldr.json.Ldml2JsonConverter -Dexec.args='-p true -r true -t main -m "de"'

Using Eclipse

(note: a screen capture demonstrating this setup is attached to this page.)
  1. To run the SurveyTool components you will need the IDE for Enterprise Developers, you can download this from
  2. Make sure the config files are set up first (3.2 Configuring Maven), and that CLDR is checked out locally from git in some directory.
  3. Go to File -> Import, choose Maven and import Existing Maven Projects (see image at right)
  4. Give the root of your CLDR checkout, and import all projects.
  5. To run tests,  Choose Run As > Maven test on the top level (cldr-all) project.
  6. To start up the Survey Tool, right-click on 'cldr-apps' and choose 'Run As…  Run On Server'.  Create a Tomcat 9 server.

Steven R. Loomis,
Nov 3, 2020, 3:33 PM