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Maven Surefire Plugin

The Surefire Plugin is used during the test phase of the build lifecycle to execute the unit tests of an application. It generates reports in two different file formats:

  • Plain text files (*.txt)
  • XML files (*.xml)

By default, these files are generated at ${basedir}/target/surefire-reports.

For an HTML format of the report, please see the Maven Surefire Report Plugin.

Goals Overview

The Surefire Plugin has only one goal:


General instructions on how to use the Surefire Plugin can be found on the usage page. Some more specific use cases are described in the examples listed below. Last but not least, users occasionally contribute additional examples, tips or errata to the plugin's wiki page. In case you still have questions regarding the plugin's usage, please have a look at the FAQ and feel free to contact the user mailing list. The posts to the mailing list are archived and could already contain the answer to your question as part of an older thread. Hence, it is also worth browsing/searching the mail archive.

If you feel like the plugin is missing a feature or has a defect, you can file a feature request or bug report in our issue tracker. When creating a new issue, please provide a comprehensive description of your concern. Especially for fixing bugs it is crucial that the developers can reproduce your problem. For this reason, entire debug logs, POMs or most preferably little demo projects attached to the issue are very much appreciated. Of course, patches are welcome, too. Contributors can check out the project from our source repository and will find supplementary information in the guide to helping with Maven.