Fix missing src/main/java folder in Eclipse Maven Project – 2 build path entries are missing

At times when you create a maven webapp project, you will not be seeing src/main/java and src/test/java as a source folder. When you even try to create it manually you will be getting the error like “The folder is already a source folder”. In this article lets learn how to fix missing src/main/java folder in Eclipse Maven project

Fix missing src/main/java folder in Eclipse Maven Project 

Step 1 : Create a Maven Webapp project. Right click on the Package Explorer pane go to New –> Maven Project

Step 2 : Select the archetype as “maven-archetype-webapp”  and click on next and give the artifact id as “HelloWorld”.

New Maven Project

Step 3 : After you create a maven web app project, you will be having the Web project created like below. Now we can that the HelloWorld Project doesn’t have src/main/java and src/test/java folders in it. It has only the src/main/resource folder.

missing src main java folder

Step 4 : Even when you try to create a new Source folder you will be getting the error like ” The Folder is already a source folder “.

Source Folder

Step 5 : Fixing this issue is very simple, Right Click on the project go to Properties. In that go to Build Path, you will be having an error like ” 2 build path entries are missing “

2 build path entries are missing

Step 6 : This error usually occurs where the JRE System Library is wrongly pointed. Now go to Libraries tab and change the JRE System Library to the correct version.

JRE System Library

Step 7 : Once the JRE System Library is changed the issue should be resolved, all you need to do is to do an Update Project (Right on the Project –> Maven –> Update Project). Now you should have the src/main/java and src/test/java folders.

Package Explorer

Happy Learning !! 🙂

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