Building a Liberty project with offline Microclimate

1. Configure the Nexus repository

  1. Access the Nexus repository from
  2. Create blob storage to host proxied artifacts.
    • Go to Adminstration/Blob Stores.
    • Click Create new Blob and name the blob as proxied.
    • Click Create Blob to complete the process.
  3. Configure maven-central to use this blob storage.
    • Go to Adminstration/Repositories.
    • Click create new repository.
    • Choose the maven2(proxy) recipe. The name of the repository is maven-central. The proxy remote storage is set to, and proxied is chosen as the blob storage.
  4. After you create the maven-central repository, add it to the maven-public group.
    • Go to the maven-public repo.
    • From Group, select the maven-central repository.
    • Add the maven-central repository to the list of members.

2. Set the Liberty hosted repository

  1. To transfer all the artifacts that the Liberty project requires, use the Maven Repository Provisioner tool. Install the Maven Repository Provisioner from the Maven website.
    • Note: The Maven Repository Provisioner requires Java 8 or later.
  2. Choose the latest *-jar-with-dependencies.jar file from the versions available.
  3. To invoke the tool, use the following command:
    java - jar  * -jar-with-dependencies.jar
      -a "group:artifact[:extension][:classifier]:v"
      -t “nexus repo location“
      -u user
      -p pswd
      -s "source-repo"
  4. Push either a .pom file or a .jar file.
    • To push a pom file, use java -jar maven-repository-provisioner-1.3.1-jar-with-dependencies.jar -a "com.thoughtworks.xstream:xstream-parent:pom:1.4.4" -t "" -u user -p pwd -s "".
    • To push a .jar file, use java -jar maven-repository-provisioner-1.3.1-jar-with-dependencies.jar -a "org.apache.maven.reporting:maven-reporting-api:jar:2.2.1" -t "" -u user -p pwd -s "".

3. Build a new Maven image to use the Nexus repository for downloads

  1. Create a new Dockerfile with the following commands:
    FROM maven:3.6.0-jdk-8
    RUN mkdir -p ~/.m2 &&  echo "<?xml version='1.0' encoding='UTF-8'?><settings><servers><server><id>nexus</id><username>name</username><password>password</password></server></servers><mirrors><mirror><id>nexus</id><mirrorOf>*</mirrorOf><url><nexus-container>/repository/maven-public/</url></mirror></mirrors></settings>" > ~/.m2/settings.xml
  2. Build the Maven image with the following command: Note: If you did not deploy the Microclimate chart into the microclimate namespace, then replace microclimate with the namespace of your Microclimate deployment.
    docker build -t mycluster.icp:8500/microclimate/maven-offline:v1
  3. Push the image to mycluster.icp with the following command:
    docker push mycluster.icp:8500/microclimate/maven-offline:v1
  4. Modify the microserviceBuilderPipeline.groovy file in your private clone of the Microclimate Jenkins library to point to your new private Maven image instead of maven:3.6.0-jdk-8-alpine. The updated line resembles the following code:
    def maven = (config.mavenImage == null) ? 'mycluster.icp:8500/microclimate/maven-offline:v1' : config.mavenImage

Note: If you want to build a new version of the Maven offline image, tag it with a new version, for example, v2. Then, push the image to mycluster.icp and update your private clone of the Microclimate Jenkins library.

4. Modify the Dockerfile and .pom file of the project

  1. Change the Dockerfile.
    • Modify the image name to pull from the local Docker registry.
    • Add the COPY /target/liberty/wlp /opt/ibm/wlp line prior to the USER root line in the Dockerfile. See the following sample Dockerfile for the correct location of the line:
      FROM mycluster.icp:8500/default/liberty:latest
      LABEL maintainer="IBM Java Engineering at IBM Cloud"
      COPY /target/liberty/wlp /opt/ibm/wlp
      COPY /target/liberty/wlp/usr/servers/defaultServer /config/
      #COPY /target/liberty/wlp/usr/shared/resources /config/resources/
      COPY /src/main/liberty/config/jvmbx.options /config/jvm.options
      USER root
      RUN chmod g+w /config/apps
      USER 1001
      #RUN installUtility install --acceptLicense defaultServer
      RUN \
      if [ $LICENSE_JAR_URL ]; then
      wget $LICENSE_JAR_URL -O /tmp/license.jar
      && java -jar /tmp/license.jar -acceptLicense /opt/ibm
      && rm /tmp/license.jar;
    • Remove the line RUN installUtility install --acceptLicense defaultServer from the Dockerfile.
  2. Add the following code anywhere in the dependency management section of the .pom file:
  3. Update the Liberty Maven plug-in version to 2.5 and add the following code to the configuration section of the Maven plug-in:

5. Install Microclimate

  1. Modify the microservicebuilder Groovy file and update the Maven image.
  2. Modify the IBM Cloud Private chart to use this new Groovy file with an updated image.

6. Use Microclimate

You can now use Microclimate like a regular online installation.