Hibernate 4 Maven Plugin

A simple Plugin for generating a Database-Schema from Hibernate 4 Mapping-Annotations

The hibernate-maven-plugin is a plugin for generating a database-schema from your Hibernate-4-Mappings and create or update your database accordingly. Its main usage is to automatically create and populate a test-database for unit-tests in cooperation with the dbunit-maven-plugin.

The plugin was designed with three main goals in mind:

  • It should be easy to use.
  • It should be maximal unlikely, to erase a producation-database by accident.
  • It should not slow down the development cycle.

To achieve the first goal, the convention-over-configuration paradigma was applied and the plugin was stuffed with usefull logging-messages. So, if in doubt, just turn on the debugging output with the mvn -X ....

To achieve the second goal, the precedence in which the configuration locations are consulted was layouted in a way that makes it possible, to prevent overwrites of the wrong database by accident.

Last but not least, in order to not slow down the development cycle, the hibernate-maven-plugin only executes the schema-export, if the mapping or the dialect changes (or if you force it to do so).

For more information about the inspiration to write this tiny plugin, read our blog-article about the hibernate-maven-plugin.


  • See Configuration Examples for Usage-Explanations and simple examples of how to use this plugin.
  • See hibernate:export and Plugin Documentation for the full autogenerated documentation. These are mostly configuration-options of the Hibernate-Tools SchemaExport and SchemaUpdate, that do the work in the background.