There is no exact or official solution to convert an existing Java web project to a Maven based web application project. Basically, the Maven based project conversion will involve two major changes, which is :

  1. Folder structure – Follow this Maven’s folder structure.
  2. Dependency library – Put all your dependency libraries in pom.xml file.

Steps to convert Java based –> Maven based

This guide will show you how to convert the following servlet web application to Maven based structure, and support Eclipse IDE.

Existing Java web project structure
A simple Java servlet web application , with one “javaee.jar” dependency library

Existing Java web project structure