Java – How to build jars from IntelliJ properly


I have a project that contains a single module, and some dependencies.
I'd like to create a jar, in a separate directory, that contains the compiled module. In addition, I'd like to have the dependencies present beside my module.

No matter how I twist IntelliJ's "build jar" process, the output of my module appears empty (besides a META-INF file).

Best Solution

Here's how to build a jar with IntelliJ 10

File -> Project Structure -> Project Settings -> Artifacts -> Click green plus sign -> Jar -> From modules with dependencies...

The above sets the "skeleton" to where the jar will be saved to. To actually build and save it do the following:

Extract to the target Jar


Build | Build Artifact | Build

Try Extracting the .jar file from

ProjectName | out | artifacts | ProjectName_jar | ProjectName.jar