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Confusing 'main()' method

Reports methods that are named "main", but do not have the public static void main(String[]) signature in Java up to 21. Starting from Java 21 Preview, inspection doesn't highlight in case of package-private, protected or instance main methods, also without parameters. Additionally main methods located in anonymous or local classes are reported. Anonymous and local classes do not have a fully qualified name and thus can't be run.

Such methods may be confusing, as methods named "main" are expected to be application entry points.


class Main { void main(String[] args) {} // warning here because there are no "public static" modifiers }

A quick-fix that renames such methods is available only in the editor.

Inspection Details

By default bundled with:

IntelliJ IDEA 2024.1, Qodana for JVM 2024.1,

Can be installed with plugin:

Java, 241.16690

Last modified: 29 April 2024