Maven Compiler Plugin

The Maven Compiler Plugin is used to compile the java source code of your project. The default compiler is javac and is used to compile Java sources. By modifying pom.xml file, you can customize the default behavior of Maven Compiler Plugin. 

Using Maven Compiler Plugin, you can compile the source code of a certain project to a different version of JVM than what you are currently using. EX: compile using JDK 1.8 and target JVM is 1.7. Default source setting is JDK 1.5, and the default target setting is JDK 1.5

Example configuration is as below:


<build>
    <plugins>
        <plugin>
           <groupId>org.apache.maven.plugins</groupId>
            <artifactId>maven-compiler-plugin</artifactId>
            <version>3.5.1</version>
            <configuration>
                <source>1.7</source>
                <target>1.7</target>
            </configuration>
        </plugin>
    </plugins>
</build>
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