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archetypeCatalog '' is not supported anymore.

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archetypeCatalog '' is not supported anymore.

I am new to Ready! API and am trying to develop a plugin on Windows by following this link.

The section "Basic Project" step # 3 tells to run following command:


mvn archetype:generate -DarchetypeGroupId=com.smartbear.maven.archetypes -DarchetypeArtifactId=soapui-plugin-archetype -DarchetypeCatalog=soapui/repository/maven2

The other page tells to run following command for same purpose:

mvn archetype:generate -DarchetypeGroupId=com.smartbear -DarchetypeArtifactId=ready-api-plugin-archetype -DarchetypeCatalog=

When I run either of them, I get build failure. Complete output as follows:

C:\work\sandbox>mvn archetype:generate -DarchetypeGroupId=com.smartbear -DarchetypeArtifactId=ready-api-plugin-archetype -DarchetypeCatalog=
[INFO] Scanning for projects...
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] Building Maven Stub Project (No POM) 1
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] >>> maven-archetype-plugin:3.0.1:generate (default-cli) > generate-sources @ standalone-pom >>>
[INFO] <<< maven-archetype-plugin:3.0.1:generate (default-cli) < generate-sources @ standalone-pom <<<
[INFO] --- maven-archetype-plugin:3.0.1:generate (default-cli) @ standalone-pom---
[INFO] Generating project in Interactive mode
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] Total time: 1.089 s
[INFO] Finished at: 2017-06-16T14:38:42+05:30
[INFO] Final Memory: 15M/228M
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[ERROR] Failed to execute goal org.apache.maven.plugins:maven-archetype-plugin:3.0.1:generate (default-cli) on project standalone-pom: archetypeCatalog '' is not supported anymore. Please read the plugin documentation for details. -> [Help 1]
[ERROR] To see the full stack trace of the errors, re-run Maven with the -e switch.
[ERROR] Re-run Maven using the -X switch to enable full debug logging.
[ERROR] For more information about the errors and possible solutions, please read the following articles:
[ERROR] [Help 1]


How can I fix this?




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Re: archetypeCatalog '' is not supported anymore.

Assuming you've done all the previous steps correctly, this command line should work:


mvn org.apache.maven.plugins:maven-archetype-plugin:2.4:generate -DarchetypeGroupId=com.smartbear.maven.archetypes -DarchetypeArtifactId=soapui-plugin-archetype -DarchetypeCatalog=local


I had the same problem. After much research, I found that the issue is due to changes in the maven-architype-plugin version 3.1 or after. They've changed how external repositories are referenced, so you have to force it to use an older version of the plugin. In addition, the -DarchetypeCatalog=local forces it to use the local archetype definition you created in a previous step. To make sure you have that archetype definition in your local repository, look for an 'archetype-catalog.xml' file in the repository folder of your local Maven installation. It should contain a definition for an item with an artifact id of 'ready-api-maven-archetype'.


Good luck!

Occasional Contributor

Re: archetypeCatalog '' is not supported anymore.

I have the same problem...


and I don't have archetype-catalog.xml in my repository

New Contributor

Re: archetypeCatalog '' is not supported anymore.

I've fixed the repository URL in ReadyAPI Plugin Development Kit on GitHub so it seem to be working again.

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