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Debugging with Maven and Eclipse

November 19 2014 : posted under eclipse maven debugging java

To use eclipse with Maven you need to add the maven plugin to eclipse, it seems to be part of the Indigo update site so this should be straightforward.

It’s also at

More instructions at

To run the debugger you need to do two things: you need to tell maven to run surefire, and run a remote java debug listening to that surefire

Setup a new “Debug configuration” > “Remote Java Application”

It should look like


Next you need to run your maven code with the -Dmaven.surefire.debug

You can do this by adding it to the debug config like this


I’ve used the debug mode - but maybe a run configuration would work too

An alternative is to run the maven project on command line

mvn test -Dmaven.surefire.debug

Generally if I’m using eclipse I prefer to do everything in the IDE (I stands for integrated after all) and it’s useful to have the console output in the same place

Either way run the project to debug and maven will stop with output

Listening for transport dt_socket at address: 5005

and wait till your debugger is attached

Now you have to start the remote application debug in eclipse

Execution will now stop at breakpoints and you will be able top explore the stack and all variables set


This is an incredibly powerful way to explore running code, especially if you are unfamiliar with it. Even if you are familiar a debugger session can often be very enlightening.