[ERROR] Failed to execute goal org.apache.maven.plugins:maven-compiler-plugin:2.3.2:compile (default-compile) on project test-commons: Compilation failure [ERROR] Unable to locate the Javac Compiler in: [ERROR] C:\Program Files\Java\jre7\..\lib\tools.jar [ERROR] Please ensure you are using JDK 1.4 or above and [ERROR] not a JRE (the com.sun.tools.javac.Main class is required). [ERROR] In most cases you can change the location of your Java [ERROR] installation by setting the JAVA_HOME environment variable. [ERROR] -> [Help 1] [ERROR] [ERROR] To see the full stack trace of the errors, re-run Maven with the -e switch. [ERROR] Re-run Maven using the -X switch to enable full debug logging. [ERROR] [ERROR] For more information about the errors and possible solutions, please read the following articles: [ERROR] [Help 1] http://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/MAVEN/MojoFailureException [ERROR] [ERROR] After correcting the problems, you can resume the build with the command [ERROR] mvnThis error occurs because maven uses java compiler classes available in tools.jar to compile java files. Tools.jar is part of jdk , not the jre. So if you have configured only jre in eclipse , you will get this error. To resolve this , go to prefreneces and select java and configure jre.