Import a Maven Project with IntelliJ IDEA


We can import a maven project in IntelliJ IDEA by importing a collection of existing sources/ existing model options. Also, you can import the sources that come from Eclipse, Gradle, Maven, etc. In this example, I will show you to import a maven project created in Eclipse. However, you can follow the same steps to import from other tools as well.

Importing a Maven Project

We can perform the import using IntelliJ IDEA as importing from an external model/existing source. Follow the below steps to import an existing project.


File >> New >> Project from Existing Sources


Import File Menu Item


If no project is currently open in IntelliJ IDEA, click on Import Project on the Welcome screen.

Welcome screen >> Import Project


Import Project


Select Maven

Select the directory with existing source

Import project from the existing model.

Select the Maven tool.


IntelliJ IDEA Maven

Choose the Maven project pom.xml file.

Optionally, you can modify the project settings in the import window. You can select the option Import Maven projects automatically.

Using this option you can import automatically every time you make changes to your project POM file after the import.


Import Project Settings


Specify the project’s SDK and click Next.

Specify a name and the location of your project.

Project Name




Maven Project After Import


That’s it you are done with the project import. Note that the import process may take a while if the project that your are importing is large.


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