Using maven outside of Eclipse


I am already using maven outside of eclipse, but would like to use Eclipse as my main editor. I don't want to use the maven already embedded with M2E. I want to use mine located at /usr/bin/mvn.

Under Window > Preferences, I try to add a maven installation at /usr/bin/mvn (clicking Ok does nothing; stays at the same window) and at /usr/bin (gives the error: The selected directory is not a valid Maven directory..


Ask your maven where is Maven Home

$ mvn -V

Apache Maven 3.0.5 (r01de14724cdef164cd33c7c8c2fe155faf9602da; 2013-02-19 14:51:28 0100)
Maven home: /home/myuser/maven

and in Eclipse add Maven Home to Maven Installation settings.

But better solution is to use Maven distribution from Simply unpack this and configure in Eclipse. Maven from system distribution work great with application installed from system and is not good for development.