Tell Maven to not include src/test/resources in Eclipse


When creating a jar-with-dependencies, the resources in src/test/resources are automatically added to the jar. This folder often contains a .properties file only valid for the test environment and should not be included in the final jar.

Additional Note

Adding a resource tag to exclude the directory is ignored by Maven running in Eclipse. It's not clear why.


Right-click the source folder "src/test/resources" and click "Build Path|Configure Exclusion/Inclusion Filters...". Add an exclusion filter of **. Now the resources will not be included in the final jar file.

Testing from Eclipse

When running from eclipse, it is possible to include the content of src/test/resources in the classpath. Here's how:

  1. Right-click src/main/java
  2. Click "Properties"
  3. Click "Run/Debug Settings"
  4. Select a Launch Configuration you want to change.
  5. Click Edit.
  6. Click the Classpath tab.
  7. Click Advanced...
  8. Click Add Folders and Click Ok
  9. Select the src/test/resources folder on your project.

Now when running from eclipse, the test resources are in the classpath. It maybe necessary to make this change for several launch configurations.

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