Using external modules in your project requires configuring their dependencies. To do this, look up the modules’ attributes and plug them into dependency entries for your build system (either Gradle, Maven, or Ant/Ivy). Your build system downloads the dependency artifacts your project needs to compile successfully.

Before specifying a module as a dependency, you must first find its artifact attributes. Artifacts have these attributes:

  • Group ID: Authoring organization
  • Artifact ID: Name/identifier
  • Version: Release number

This tutorial shows you how to make sure your projects have the right dependencies:

Finding Core Liferay Portal Artifacts

Each module is composed of a jar file that contains the module’s OSGi metadata in a MANIFEST.MF file. You can find the artifact attributes for Liferay Portal’s core modules inside this file. The manifest also specifies the module’s artifact attributes. For example, these two OSGi headers specify the module’s artifact ID and version:

Bundle-SymbolicName:  artifact ID
Bundle-Version: version

This table lists the group ID, artifact ID, version, and origin for each core Liferay Portal artifact:

Core Liferay Portal Artifacts:

File Group ID Artifact ID Version Origin
portal-kernel.jar com.liferay.portal com.liferay.portal.kernel (see JAR’s MANIFEST.MF) Liferay Portal dependencies ZIP
portal-impl.jar com.liferay.portal com.liferay.portal.impl (see JAR’s MANIFEST.MF) Liferay Portal .war
portal-test.jar com.liferay.portal com.liferay.portal.test (see JAR’s MANIFEST.MF) Liferay Portal .war
portal-test-integration.jar com.liferay.portal com.liferay.portal.test.integration (see JAR’s MANIFEST.MF) Liferay Portal .war
util-bridges.jar com.liferay.portal com.liferay.util.bridges (see JAR’s MANIFEST.MF) Liferay Portal .war
util-java.jar com.liferay.portal (see JAR’s MANIFEST.MF) Liferay Portal .war
util-slf4j.jar com.liferay.portal com.liferay.util.slf4j (see JAR’s MANIFEST.MF) Liferay Portal .war
util-taglibs.jar com.liferay.portal com.liferay.util.taglib (see JAR’s MANIFEST.MF) Liferay Portal .war
com.liferay.* JAR files com.liferay (see JAR’s MANIFEST.MF) (see JAR’s MANIFEST.MF) Liferay Portal dependencies ZIP and the OSGi ZIP

Next, you’ll learn how to find artifacts for Liferay Portal apps and independent modules.

Finding Liferay Portal App and Independent Artifacts

Independent modules and modules that make up Liferay Portal’s apps aren’t part of the Liferay Portal core. You must still, however, find their artifact attributes if you want to declare dependencies on them. The resources below provide the artifact details for Liferay Portal’s apps and independent modules:

Resource Artifact Type
App Manager Deployed modules
Reference Docs Liferay Portal modules (per release)
Maven Central All artifact types: Liferay Portal and third party, module and non-module

The App Manager is the best source for information on deployed modules. You’ll learn about it next.

Liferay Portal’s App Manager

The App Manager knows what’s deployed on your Liferay Portal server. You can use it to find whatever modules you’re looking for.

Follow these steps to get a deployed module’s information:

  1. In Liferay Portal, navigate to Control PanelAppsApp Manager.

  2. Search for the module by its display name, symbolic name, or related keywords. You can also browse for the module in its app or app suite. Whether browsing or searching, the App Manager shows the module’s artifact ID and version number.


Figure 1: You can inspect deployed module artifact IDs and version numbers.


Figure 2: The App Manager aggregates Liferay and independent modules.

If you don’t know a deployed module’s group, use the Felix Gogo Shell to find it:

  1. Open a Gogo Shell session by entering the following into a command prompt:

    telnet localhost 11311

    This results in a g!: the Felix Gogo Shell command prompt.

  2. Search for the module by its display name (e.g., Liferay Bookmarks API) or a keyword. In the results, note the module’s number. You can use it in the next step. For example, these results show the Liferay Bookmarks API module’s number is 52:

    g! lb | grep "Liferay Bookmarks API"
       52|Active     |   10|Liferay Bookmarks API (2.0.1)
  3. To list the module’s manifest headers, pass the module number to the headers command. In the results, note the Bundle-Vendor value: you’ll match it with an artifact group in a later step:

    g! headers 52
    Liferay Bookmarks API (52)
    Manifest-Version = 1.0
    Bnd-LastModified = 1464725366614
    Bundle-ManifestVersion = 2
    Bundle-Name = Liferay Bookmarks API
    Bundle-SymbolicName = com.liferay.bookmarks.api
    Bundle-Vendor = Liferay, Inc.
    Bundle-Version = 2.0.1
  4. Disconnect from the Gogo Shell session:

    g! disconnect
  5. On Maven Central, search for the module by its artifact ID.

  6. Determine the group ID by matching the Bundle-Vendor value from step 3 with a group listed that provides the artifact.

Next, you’ll learn how to use Liferay Portal’s reference documentation to find a Liferay Portal app module’s attributes.

Reference Docs

Liferay Portal’s app Javadoc lists each module’s artifact ID, version number, and display name. This is the best place to look up Liferay Portal modules that aren’t yet deployed to your Liferay Portal instance.

Follow these steps to find a Liferay Portal app module’s attributes in the Javadoc:

  1. Navigate to Javadoc for an app module class. If you don’t have a link to the class’s Javadoc, find it by browsing

  2. Copy the class’s package name.

  3. Navigate to the Overview page.

  4. On the Overview page, search for the package name you copied in step 2.

The heading above the package name shows the module’s artifact ID, version number, and display name. Remember, the group ID for all app modules is com.liferay.


Figure 3: Liferay Portal app Javadoc overviews list each module’s display name, followed by its group ID, artifact ID, and version number in a colon-separated string. It’s a Gradle artifact syntax.

Next, you’ll learn how to look up Liferay and non-Liferay artifacts on Maven Central.

Maven Central

Most artifacts, regardless of type or origin, are on Maven Central. Use these steps to find an artifact on Maven Central:

  1. Go to Maven Central at

  2. Search for the artifact. The search results list each artifact’s attributes.


Figure 4: You can search for artifacts on Maven Central.

Now that you have your artifact’s attribute values, you’re ready to configure a dependency on it.

Configuring Dependencies

Specifying dependencies to build systems is straightforward. Edit your project’s build file, specifying a dependency entry that includes the group ID, artifact ID, and version number.

Note that different build systems use different artifact attribute names, as shown below:

Artifact Terminology

Framework Group ID Artifact ID Version
Gradle group name version
Maven groupId artifactId version
Ivy org name rev

The following examples demonstrate configuring a dependency on Liferay’s Journal API module for Gradle, Maven, and Ivy.


Here’s the dependency configured in a build.gradle file:

dependencies {
    compileOnly group: "com.liferay", name: "com.liferay.journal.api", version: "1.0.1"


Here’s the dependency configured in a pom.xml file:



Here’s the dependency configured in an ivy.xml file:

<dependency name="com.liferay.journal.api" org="com.liferay" rev="1.0.1" />

Nice! Now you know how to find artifacts and configure them as dependencies. Now that’s a skill you can depend on!

Related Topics

Importing Packages


Liferay API Modules

Adding Third Party Libraries to a Module

Third Party Packages Portal Exports

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