If you've ever wondered about the contents a JAR or artifact in a Maven repository, you've probably had the experience of having to download and unpack it on your local workstation just to see what it contains. It shouldn't be this difficult and tedious to inspect an archive in a remote repository, and with Nexus Professional 1.5.0 we've added the capability to browse the contents of an archive. In addition, we've built-in some intelligence that allows you to directly browse Javadoc contained in JAR archives. In this post, I'm going to give a quick tour of this new feature now available in Nexus Professional 1.5.0.
Browsing Repository Archives
The Archive Browser Plugin will allow you to browse the contents of any JAR, WAR, EAR or ZIP file in the Nexus UI (or over REST if you so desire). You can now view the contents of source JARs, view html documentation stored in javadoc JARs, or browse the contents of the archives, to validate contents.