Generate Java Unit Test Code Coverage Report with JaCoCo in Maven

Mi Guoliang


This guide is a sister to Generate Java Unit Test Code Coverage Report with JaCoCo in Gradle. This guide shows you how to do the same in Maven. Maven is a software project management and comprehension tool. Based on the concept of a project object model (POM), Maven can manage a project’s build, reporting and documentation from a central piece of information. Both Gradle and Maven are widely used tools.

Install Maven

If you are working on macOS, you must know about a famous package management tool named Homebrew, and you can install the latest version of Maven globally in one line and without any extra settings.

brew install maven

Then, verify your installation.

$ mvn
Apache Maven 3.6.2 (40f52333136460af0dc0d7232c0dc0bcf0d9e117; 2019-08-27T23:06:16+08:00)
Maven home: /usr/local/Cellar/maven/3.6.2/libexec
Java version: 11.0.6, vendor: AdoptOpenJDK, runtime: /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/adoptopenjdk-11.jdk/Contents/Home
Default locale: zh_CN_#Hans, platform encoding: UTF-8
OS name: "mac os x", version: "10.15.3", arch: "x86_64", family: "mac"

That’s it!

Setup an empty Java Project

Firstly, run Maven setup command in interactive mode, and it will create a folder named the artifactId in your current directory.

$ mvn archetype:generate

[INFO] Scanning for projects...
[INFO] ------------------< org.apache.maven:standalone-pom >-------------------
[INFO] Building Maven Stub Project (No POM) 1
[INFO] --------------------------------[ pom ]---------------------------------
[INFO] >>> maven-archetype-plugin:3.0.1:generate (default-cli) > generate-sources @ standalone-pom >>>
[INFO] <<< maven-archetype-plugin:3.0.1:generate (default-cli) < generate-sources @ standalone-pom <<<
[INFO] --- maven-archetype-plugin:3.0.1:generate (default-cli) @ standalone-pom ---
[INFO] Generating project in Interactive mode
[WARNING] No archetype found in remote catalog. Defaulting to internal catalog
[INFO] No archetype defined. Using maven-archetype-quickstart (org.apache.maven.archetypes:maven-archetype-quickstart:1.0)

Choose archetype:
1: internal -> org.apache.maven.archetypes:maven-archetype-archetype (An archetype which contains a sample archetype.)
2: internal -> org.apache.maven.archetypes:maven-archetype-j2ee-simple (An archetype which contains a simplifed sample J2EE application.)
3: internal -> org.apache.maven.archetypes:maven-archetype-plugin (An archetype which contains a sample Maven plugin.)
4: internal -> org.apache.maven.archetypes:maven-archetype-plugin-site (An archetype which contains a sample Maven plugin site.
      This archetype can be layered upon an existing Maven plugin project.)
5: internal -> org.apache.maven.archetypes:maven-archetype-portlet (An archetype which contains a sample JSR-268 Portlet.)
6: internal -> org.apache.maven.archetypes:maven-archetype-profiles ()
7: internal -> org.apache.maven.archetypes:maven-archetype-quickstart (An archetype which contains a sample Maven project.)
8: internal -> org.apache.maven.archetypes:maven-archetype-site (An archetype which contains a sample Maven site which demonstrates
      some of the supported document types like APT, XDoc, and FML and demonstrates how
      to i18n your site. This archetype can be layered upon an existing Maven project.)
9: internal -> org.apache.maven.archetypes:maven-archetype-site-simple (An archetype which contains a sample Maven site.)
10: internal -> org.apache.maven.archetypes:maven-archetype-webapp (An archetype which contains a sample Maven Webapp project.)
Choose a number or apply filter (format: [groupId:]artifactId, case sensitive contains): 7: 7

Define value for property 'groupId': com.muchencute.demo
Define value for property 'artifactId': maven-jacoco
Define value for property 'version' 1.0-SNAPSHOT: :
Define value for property 'package' com.muchencute.demo: :

Confirm properties configuration:
groupId: com.muchencute.demo
artifactId: maven-jacoco
version: 1.0-SNAPSHOT
package: com.muchencute.demo
 Y: :
[INFO] ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] Using following parameters for creating project from Old (1.x) Archetype: maven-archetype-quickstart:1.1
[INFO] ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] Parameter: basedir, Value: /Users/miguoliang/Documents/Github
[INFO] Parameter: package, Value: com.muchencute.demo
[INFO] Parameter: groupId, Value: com.muchencute.demo
[INFO] Parameter: artifactId, Value: maven-jacoco
[INFO] Parameter: packageName, Value: com.muchencute.demo
[INFO] Parameter: version, Value: 1.0-SNAPSHOT
[INFO] project created from Old (1.x) Archetype in dir: /Users/miguoliang/Documents/Github/maven-jacoco
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] Total time:  41.634 s
[INFO] Finished at: 2020-03-23T12:23:07+08:00
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------

Note: I generate the empty project by org.apache.maven.archetypes:maven-archetype-quickstart, because it’s simplify to focus on my topic.

Finally, a simple Java application project is generated.

Setup Compiler Plugin IMPORTANT

We need set the source and target to 1.6 or higher in Maven Compiler Plugin, otherwise we can not compile our code in the next. Append following codes into pom.xml


Note: build tag is a children of project tag.

Use JUnit 4

By default, Maven uses JUnit 3, but JaCoCo supports JUnit 4 and higher. Therefore, we update JUnit to the version 4.

Firstly, update the version of JUnit to 4.13 in pom.xml.


Setup JaCoCo Maven Plugin

Import maven-jacoco-plugin by pasting the following codes into plugins tag.


Write a Simple Function to be Tested Later

Open and edit

package com.muchencute.demo;

 * Hello world!
public class App {

    // To be tested!
    public String getAnAnimal(String animal) {

        if ("cat".equalsIgnoreCase(animal)) {
            return "Garfield";
        } else if ("dog".equalsIgnoreCase(animal)) {
            return "Odie";
        } else {
            return "Opps!";

    public static void main(String[] args) {
        System.out.println("Hello World!");

Update the Unit Test Class

Open and update

package com.muchencute.demo;

import static org.junit.Assert.assertEquals;
import org.junit.Test;

 * Unit test for simple App.
public class AppTest {

    // Our test here!
    public void testGetAnAnimal() {
        assertEquals("Garfield", new App().getAnAnimal("cat"));

Run and Generate Code Coverage Report

Use the following command to clean the previous build result, run unit tests, and generate a code coverage report.

mvn clean test jacoco:report

The final code coverage report is saved in target/site/jacoco. Developers can open index.html to open the report in a browser.

Besides, developers can locate to uncovered lines in a specific file easily.

Note: The Code Coverage Report is generated when all unit tests pass, in another words, you can not find the code coverage report if any unit test fails.


In the method of using JaCoCo, there is no difference in principle between Maven and Gradle. The only obvious difference is that Maven looks more complicated than Gradle.

Like I said at the end of Generate Java Unit Test Code Coverage Report with JaCoCo in Gradle:

Developers should know how to measure their work, including progress, quality, and efficent. The code coverage report is useful, because it can make developers’ review more effecient and effective. Therefore, developers can control their code completely with a code coverage report. However, 100% code coverage is ideal, especially it is impossible when you use some third-party library in your project, so that developers do not to be demanding.

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