Plugin Documentation

Goals available for this plugin:

Goal Report? Description
checkstyle:check No Performs Checkstyle analysis and outputs violations or a count of violations to the console, potentially failing the build. It can also be configured to re-use an earlier analysis.
checkstyle:checkstyle Yes A reporting task that performs Checkstyle analysis and generates an HTML report on any violations that Checkstyle finds.
checkstyle:checkstyle-aggregate Yes A reporting task that performs Checkstyle analysis and generates an aggregate HTML report on the violations that Checkstyle finds in a multi-module reactor build.
checkstyle:help No Display help information on maven-checkstyle-plugin.
Call mvn checkstyle:help -Ddetail=true -Dgoal=<goal-name> to display parameter details.

System Requirements

The following specifies the minimum requirements to run this Maven plugin:

Maven 2.2.1
JDK 1.5
Memory No minimum requirement.
Disk Space No minimum requirement.

Usage

You should specify the version in your project's plugin configuration:

<project>
  ...
  <build>
    <!-- To define the plugin version in your parent POM -->
    <pluginManagement>
      <plugins>
        <plugin>
          <groupId>org.apache.maven.plugins</groupId>
          <artifactId>maven-checkstyle-plugin</artifactId>
          <version>2.13-SNAPSHOT</version>
        </plugin>
        ...
      </plugins>
    </pluginManagement>
    <!-- To use the plugin goals in your POM or parent POM -->
    <plugins>
      <plugin>
        <groupId>org.apache.maven.plugins</groupId>
        <artifactId>maven-checkstyle-plugin</artifactId>
        <version>2.13-SNAPSHOT</version>
      </plugin>
      ...
    </plugins>
  </build>
  ...
  <!-- To use the report goals in your POM or parent POM -->
  <reporting>
    <plugins>
      <plugin>
        <groupId>org.apache.maven.plugins</groupId>
        <artifactId>maven-checkstyle-plugin</artifactId>
        <version>2.13-SNAPSHOT</version>
      </plugin>
      ...
    </plugins>
  </reporting>
  ...
</project>

For more information, see "Guide to Configuring Plug-ins"