Chapter 33. The PMD Plugin

The PMD plugin performs quality checks on your project's Java source files using PMD and generates reports from these checks.

33.1. Usage

To use the PMD plugin, include in your build script:

Example 33.1. Using the PMD plugin


apply plugin: 'pmd'

The plugin adds a number of tasks to the project that perform the quality checks. You can execute the checks by running gradle check.

33.2. Tasks

The PMD plugin adds the following tasks to the project:

Table 33.1. PMD plugin - tasks

Task name Depends on Type Description
pmdMain - Pmd Runs PMD against the production Java source files.
pmdTest - Pmd Runs PMD against the test Java source files.
pmdSourceSet - Pmd Runs PMD against the given source set's Java source files.

The PMD plugin adds the following dependencies to tasks defined by the Java plugin.

Table 33.2. PMD plugin - additional task dependencies

Task nameDepends on
check All PMD tasks, including pmdMain and pmdTest.

33.3. Dependency management

The PMD plugin adds the following dependency configurations:

Table 33.3. PMD plugin - dependency configurations

Name Meaning
pmd The PMD libraries to use

33.4. Configuration

See PmdExtension.