AspectJ Maven Plugin cannot compile my project

It seems like a known issue http://jira.codehaus.org/browse/MASPECTJ-125

You can fix it by adding the following to your pom file.

<complianceLevel>1.6</complianceLevel>

Update: While the things I said about AspectJ Maven configuration in this answer are all correct, the root cause of the concrete problem at hand - bad Maven dependency management - is described in my other answer. It would be better if that one was the accepted answer and not this one.


  • User codelion's hint makes sense, please change your <compilationLevel> tag (typo?) - to <complianceLevel>.
  • There is no need to downgrade to plugin version 1.6, you can keep 1.7.
  • There is also no need to specify the configuration again within the <execution> section, the one at plugin level is enough.
  • Please note that the default AspectJ version in plugin 1.7 is 1.8.2, so maybe your runtime dependency on 1.7.4 works, but if I were you I would upgrade that one too, optimally in sync with the plugin version. It is no hard requirement, but I think it makes sense.
  • Maybe you even want to upgrade to the current version AspectJ 1.8.4, in the plugin as well as the runtime. This can also be achieved by adding a dependency to the desired aspectjtools version to the plugin configuration:
    <properties>
        <project.build.sourceEncoding>UTF-8</project.build.sourceEncoding>
        <java.source-target.version>1.8</java.source-target.version>
        <aspectj.version>1.8.4</aspectj.version>
    </properties>

    <build>
        <pluginManagement>
             <plugins>
                <plugin>
                    <groupId>org.codehaus.mojo</groupId>
                    <artifactId>aspectj-maven-plugin</artifactId>
                    <version>1.7</version>
                    <configuration>
                        <showWeaveInfo>true</showWeaveInfo>
                        <source>${java.source-target.version}</source>
                        <target>${java.source-target.version}</target>
                        <Xlint>ignore</Xlint>
                        <complianceLevel>${java.source-target.version}</complianceLevel>
                        <encoding>UTF-8</encoding>
                        <verbose>true</verbose>
                    </configuration>
                    <executions>
                        <execution>
                            <!-- IMPORTANT -->
                            <phase>process-sources</phase>
                            <goals>
                                <goal>compile</goal>
                                <goal>test-compile</goal>
                            </goals>
                        </execution>
                    </executions>
                    <dependencies>
                        <dependency>
                            <groupId>org.aspectj</groupId>
                            <artifactId>aspectjtools</artifactId>
                            <version>${aspectj.version}</version>
                        </dependency>
                    </dependencies>
                </plugin>
            </plugins>
        </pluginManagement>

        <plugins>
            <plugin>
                <groupId>org.codehaus.mojo</groupId>
                <artifactId>aspectj-maven-plugin</artifactId>
            </plugin>
        </plugins>
    </build>

    <dependencyManagement>
        <dependencies>
            <dependency>
                <groupId>org.aspectj</groupId>
                <artifactId>aspectjrt</artifactId>
                <version>${aspectj.version}</version>
                <scope>runtime</scope>
            </dependency>
        </dependencies>
    </dependencyManagement>

    <dependencies>
        <dependency>
            <groupId>org.aspectj</groupId>
            <artifactId>aspectjrt</artifactId>
        </dependency>
    </dependencies>

Having looked at your Maven project https://github.com/dmitrievanthony/test-aspectj I found out that

  • the problem is totally unrelated to AspectJ Maven Plugin,
  • the same compilation errors also occur in Maven Compiler Plugin and
  • that the root cause of your problem is simply bad dependency management.

Here is a screenshot (full size here) from IntelliJ IDEA's "find class":

Class LockModeType is found 3x in the project

As you can see, class LockModeType is found in 3 (three!) dependencies, one of which contains a version of the class which does not contain the expected enum values. Your code compiles if you remove this dependency.

    <dependency>
        <groupId>org.hibernate</groupId>
        <artifactId>ejb3-persistence</artifactId>
        <version>1.0.2.GA</version>
    </dependency>

Maybe you should clean up your dependencies. You can use the Maven Dependency Plugin with goals like dependency:analyze and dependency:tree for that purpose.