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Profile Maven goals

In IntelliJ IDEA, you can profile several goals:

  1. In the main menu, go to View | Tool Windows | Maven.

  2. In the Maven tool window, right-click the goal that you want to profile and select Profile with IntelliJ Profiler.

    IntelliJ IDEA creates a temporary run configuration that you can save and rerun later.

If you already have a Maven run/debug configuration for the required goal, you can profile it the same way as any other run configuration.


Currently, there are several limitations for profiling Maven goals:

  • Profiling tools in IntelliJ IDEA do not support Maven profiles, executions, and versions. That is why, some complex configurations might not profile correctly.

  • Profiling of specific versions of the mentioned goals is not supported (for example: org.codehaus.mojo:exec-maven-plugin:3.0.0:exec).

  • You cannot profile the goals if they are configured in a way that more than one process is created during their execution.

  • Profiling of the exec:exec, surefire:test, and failsafe:integration-test goals is possible only in projects without modules. You can, however, profile a specific module provided that it has no sub-modules.

  • Profiling is not possible if there are certain arguments in a plugin configuration:

    • commandlineArgs in the exec:exec plugin configuration

    • debugForkedProcess in the surefire:test and failsafe:integration-test plugin configurations

  • If the Exec Maven Plugin configuration has <arguments> in pom.xml, the values in <arguments> are skipped during the execution of the exec:exec goal.

Last modified: 11 February 2024