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


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

Example: 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.

Note that PMD will run with the same Java version used to run Gradle.


The PMD plugin adds the following tasks to the project:


Runs PMD against the production Java source files.


Runs PMD against the test Java source files.


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 1. PMD plugin - additional task dependencies
Task name Depends on


All PMD tasks, including pmdMain and pmdTest.

Dependency management

The PMD plugin adds the following dependency configurations:

Table 2. PMD plugin - dependency configurations
Name Meaning


The PMD libraries to use


See the PmdExtension class in the API documentation.