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difference between maven "compile" and "provided" scope

 
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Hi Guys,

I am pretty new to maven and having a difficult time to understand the difference between maven's "compile" and "provided" scope. Could someone give a clear explanation?

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Compile means that you need the JAR for compiling and running the app. For a web application, as an example, the JAR will be placed in the WEB-INF/lib directory.

Provided means that you need the JAR for compiling, but at run time there is already a JAR provided by the environment so you don't need it packaged with your app. For a web app, this means that the JAR file will not be placed into the WEB-INF/lib directory.

For a web app, if the app server already provides the JAR (or its functionality), then use "provided" otherwise use "compile".
 
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Thank you Peter for such clear explanation!
 
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