How to Skip Unit Tests in Maven

In this short Maven tutorial, you will learn how to build or run a Maven project and skip Unit tests.

Sometimes, when working on a project we need to build it and even run it even though our Unit test is failing. When there is a flailing Unit test, then the Maven package and install commands will also fail.  This is because both of these commands execute Unit tests.

To skip Unit tests when building a Maven project use one of the following ways.

Skip Unit Test With -Dmaven.test.skip=true

One of the ways to skip Unit tests when building a Maven project is to use -Dmaven.test.skip=true. For example, to package a maven project without running Unit tests you will issue the following command:

mvn package -Dmaven.test.skip=true

or if you use Maven Install, then:

mvn install -Dmaven.test.skip=true

Alternatively, to using -Dmaven.test.skip=true in a terminal window when running a specific Maven command, you can disable Unit tests for all Maven commands. To disable Unit tests using POM.XML add maven.test.skip to properties XML element.


If You Use maven-surefire-plugin

If you use maven-surefire-plugin then when running the Maven command in the terminal window you can skip Unit tests the following way:

mvn package -DskipTests

or if you use Maven install then,

mvn install -DskipTests

Alternatively, to using -DskipTests in a terminal window when running a command you can configure to skip Unit tests in POM.xml file this way:


I hope this tutorial was helpful to you.

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