Why Maven Project Not Creating Folder Structure In Intellij

Java Programming

Hey there, fellow developers! Today, I want to discuss a commonly encountered issue in IntelliJ when setting up a Maven project. I’ve personally run into the frustration of not seeing the default folder structure being created, so I understand how perplexing it can be. Let’s dive into the details and find out why this happens.

Understanding the Issue

When setting up a new Maven project in IntelliJ, we expect to see the standard folder structure (src/main/java, src/main/resources, src/test/java, etc.) created automatically. However, in some cases, this doesn’t happen, leaving us scratching our heads and wondering what went wrong.

Possible Causes

There are a few potential reasons why IntelliJ may not be creating the folder structure for a Maven project. One common cause is incorrect project configuration settings. This can happen if the project type is not properly recognized, or if there are conflicts with existing project configurations.

Solution Steps

If you find yourself in this situation, don’t worry – there are steps you can take to address the issue. One approach is to manually create the folder structure in the project view by right-clicking on the project root and selecting “New” > “Directory”. While this workaround can get the job done, it’s not ideal, so let’s explore a more comprehensive solution.

First, ensure that the Maven plugin is enabled in IntelliJ. Navigate to “File” > “Settings” > “Plugins” and make sure the “Maven” plugin is installed and activated. If it’s not, you can install it from the JetBrains plugin repository. Once the plugin is active, restart IntelliJ to ensure the changes take effect.

After confirming that the Maven plugin is properly installed, open the Maven tool window by clicking on the “View” menu, then selecting “Tool Windows” > “Maven”. From the Maven tool window, execute the “Reimport All Maven Projects” action. This will force IntelliJ to reimport the project with the correct configurations, which should resolve any discrepancies related to the folder structure.


By taking these steps, you should be able to resolve the issue of IntelliJ not creating the folder structure for your Maven project. I hope this article has been helpful in addressing this common frustration. Remember, troubleshooting technical issues is an inherent part of software development, and with the right approach, we can overcome any obstacle that comes our way. Happy coding!