Maven "build path specifies execution environment J2SE-1.5", even though I changed it to 1.7


In Eclipse Juno, I installed the latest m2e plugin (1.2.20120903-1050). In preferences, I have added jdk1.7.0_11 in Java -> Installed JREs -> Add, and then specified the location (C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.7.0_11). When I create a new Maven project and run it, I get a warning:

Build path specifies execution environment J2SE-1.5. There are no JREs installed in the workspace that are strictly compatible with this environment.

I am not sure how to resolve this.

I believe it is a Maven problem because I do not have this error when I run normal Java projects. I read here that I should change the "maven-compiler-plugin.pom" and change the source and target from 1.5 to something more appropriate. In my case, 1.7. I have done this, but I still get the warning.

This question is tagged with java eclipse maven m2eclipse

~ Asked on 2013-02-11 02:04:58

The Best Answer is


  1. Right-click on your project
  2. Click Properties
  3. Click the "Java Compiler" option on the left menu
  4. Under JDK compliance section on the right, change it to "1.7"
  5. Run a Maven clean and then Maven build.

~ Answered on 2013-02-11 02:31:13


All of the answers above may work for the time being but whenever you run maven on the command line or Maven → Update project… the JDK will be reset, this was also the question as I understand it.

To fix this for good add the following code to your pom file. Remember to do a Maven → Update project… afterwards or mvn clean compile at the command line.



~ Answered on 2013-11-15 07:55:54

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