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Use repository.sonatype.org to Search Central Maven Repository

If you are looking for the easiest way to search for artifacts in the Central Maven Repository, go to http://repository.sonatype.org. Sonatype maintains a publi instance of Nexus that can be used to search for artifacts by GAV (groupId, artifactId, version) coordinates, Class Name, or Checksum. Here's a brief demonstration of the search capabilities on http://repository.sonatype.org.

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If you would like to manage your own instance of Nexus and index your own Hosted repositories, you can download an install Nexus from http://nexus.sonatype.org. If you manage your own instance of Nexus, you can proxy other Maven repositories (including Central) and you will have a place to publish your own organization's artifacts.

When you host a Nexus instance and you proxy a remote repository, Nexus downloads a Nexus repository index, this index is what enables Nexus to quickly search the contents of a Maven repository. Downloading this small repository index is all Nexus needs to do to search the entire repository. For more information about Nexus, see http://nexus.sonatype.org.

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Written by Tim OBrien

Tim is a Software Architect with experience in all aspects of software development from project inception to developing scaleable production architectures for large-scale systems during critical, high-risk events such as Black Friday. He has helped many organizations ranging from small startups to Fortune 100 companies take a more strategic approach to adopting and evaluating technology and managing the risks associated with change.