Where does Maven store the dependencies?

Last time I declared this Maven dependency in my pom.xml:


I then requested the download of this dependency and got blueprints-core-1.2.jar. But where has this dependency been saved? I then found out that the dependencies are saved to the user’s Maven home directory (e.g. C:\Users\bennyn\.m2).

Finally I found the file here:

You can also specify the location yourself. To do that, you just have to change the Maven local repository in the settings.xml:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<settings xmlns="http://maven.apache.org/SETTINGS/1.0.0"
          xsi:schemaLocation="http://maven.apache.org/SETTINGS/1.0.0 http://maven.apache.org/xsd/settings-1.0.0.xsd">