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What are Plugins In Maven?

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Most of Maven's functionality is in plugins. A plugin provides a set of goals that can be

executed using the following syntax:

mvn [plugin-name]:[goal-name]

For example, a Java project can be compiled with the compiler-plugin's compile-goal by

running mvn compiler:compile . There are Maven plugins for building, testing, source

control management, running a web server, generating Eclipse project files, and much

more. Plugins are introduced and configured in a <plugins>-section of a pom.xml file.

Some basic plugins are included in every project by default, and they have sensible default

settings.

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