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Maven: Could not find or load main class org.codehaus.plexus.classworlds.launcher.Launcher

By April 22, 2021 DevOps 2 Comments

Working on Jenkins and Artifactory I often seen options suggesting Maven tool,but what is Maven purpose?How can we use and install it on a Windows system?During this install you may encounter some kind of issues


Maven is a tool that can be used for building and managing any Java-based project ( In our case we will use it on Jenkins )
Maven builds a project using its project object model (POM) and a set of plugins
More info about Apache Maven following their site:
We will see now how to install it and avoid installation issues


  • Prerequisites

  • Install Java

You must have Java installed to install Maven
Once installed you can verify your Java version

  • Install Maven

Maven installation link
The installation of Apache Maven is a simple process of extracting the archive and adding the `bin` folder with the `mvn` command to the `PATH`

  • Download the file on first line

  • Create a folder named Maven and uncompress the tar file

Issue encountered when launching a Maven command

When going into bin folder to start the command mvn -v we get this error

C:\Users\nso>cd C:\Program Files\maven\apache-maven-3.8.1\bin

C:\Program Files\maven\apache-maven-3.8.1\bin>java -version
java version "1.8.0_271"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_271-b09)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 25.271-b09, mixed mode)

C:\Program Files\maven\apache-maven-3.8.1\bin>mvn -v
Error: Could not find or load main class org.codehaus.plexus.classworlds.launcher.Launcher

The reason is that environment variable value are not correctly set

  • Go to environment variable options on your machine:

  • Add Java home variable

  • Add Maven environment variable:

  • Define the Maven home

  • Check if variable are correctly set for JAVA and MAVEN

  • Test command again to check if Maven is correctly installed and issue fixed


Here we are Maven is correctly installed on your Windows post you can now use it for your Jenkins builds and associate it with Artifactory!


  • RobbG says:

    Do you have a similar article for Mac Big Sur? Maven was working perfectly for me before I upgraded from Big Sur 11.5 (I think) to Big Sur 11.6.

    Then maven started giving me the error Error: Could not find or load main class org.codehaus.plexus.classworlds.launcher.Launcher

    I have deleted and reinstalled Maven and Java to no effect.

    Any suggestions?

    • Nabil Saoual says:

      Hi RobbG,
      Sorry for that,I don’t other article related but what you can do is to check if Java and Maven path is correctly set in variables.
      Can you please check on your ENV if it is correctly set ?


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Nabil Saoual
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