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Building and deploying

Maven is the main tool for building and deploying a complete application. It takes care of:

  • building the java libraries and webapp(s)
  • calling NPM as needed to take care of the frontend builds
  • launching both backend and frontend test suites
  • creating the final war for deploy into a J2EE container (e.g. Tomcat)

To create the final war, you have several options:

  • full build, including submodules and frontend (e.g. GeoStore)

./ [version_identifier] [profiles]

Where version_identifier is an optional identifier of the generated war that will be shown in the settings panel of the application and profiles is an optional list of comma delimited building profiles (e.g. printing, ldap)

  • fast build (will use the last compiled version of submodules and compiled frontend)

mvn clean install -Dmapstore2.version=[version_identifier] [profiles]

  • binary build (produces also the binary)

mvn clean install -Dmapstore2.version=[version_identifier] -Pbinary

Building the documentation

MapStore generates 2 types of documentation:

  • JSDoc: generated from source code, provides a reference of the API and for the plugins configurations
  • MkDocs: generated from markdown files, provides guides for the developers and users

API and Plugins documentation (JSDoc)

The API and plugins documentation is automatically generated using docma. Docma parses the JSDoc comments in the source code and generates a static HTML documentation.

Refer to the existing files to follow the documentation style of various parts of the application:

Please see for further information about how to write proper documentation in JSDoc.

To install docma:

npm install -g docma

While developing you can generate the documentation to be accessible in the local machine by:

npm run jsdoc:test

The resulting doc will be accessible from http://localhost:8081/mapstore/docs/

For the production deploy a different npm task must be used:

npm run jsdoc:build

The documentation will be accessible from the /mapstore/docs/ path

The generated folders can be removed with:

npm run jsdoc:clean

Users and developers documentation (MkDocs)


Make sure to install the proper python dependencies for Mkdocs. See the dedicated page here

Build the mkdocs and generate md files to test in local machine by:

npm run doc:build

Start the built-in dev-server of mkdocs to preview and test documentation live by:

npm run doc:start

Understanding frontend building tools

Frontend building is delegated to NPM and so leverages the NodeJS ecosystem.

In particular:

Including the printing engine in your build

The printing module is not included in official builds by default.

To build your own version of MapStore with the this module, you can use the printing profile running the build script:

./ [version_identifier] printing

For more information or troubleshooting about the printing module you can see the dedicated section