A maven plugin represents a set of goals which provides the facility to add your own actions to the build process.
Syntax to execute a plugin:
Maven plugin types:
1. Build Plugins
2. Reporting Plugins
Build plugins are executed at the build time. Build plugins should be declared inside the element.
Reporting plugins are executed at site generation time. Reporting plugins should be declared inside the element.
Commonly used maven plugins:
|clean||It is used to clean up the target after build.|
|compiler||It is used compile the java source files.|
|deploy||It is used to deploy the artifact to the remote repository.|
|failsafe||It is used to run the JUnit unit tests.|
|install||It is used to install the built artifact into the local repository.|
|resources||It is used to copy the resources to the output directory to include in the JAR.|
|site||It is used to generate the site for the current project.|
|surefire||It is used to run the JUnit unit tests.|