The JavaBeans Ruleset catches instances of bean rules not being followed.


Since: PMD 1.1

If a class is a bean, or is referenced by a bean directly or indirectly it needs to be serializable. Member variables need to be marked as transient, static, or have accessor methods in the class. Marking variables as transient is the safest and easiest modification. Accessor methods should follow the Java naming conventions, i.e. for a variable named foo, getFoo() and setFoo() accessor methods should be provided.

This rule is defined by the following Java class:


private transient int someFoo;  // good, it's transient
private static int otherFoo;    // also OK
private int moreFoo;            // OK, has proper accessors, see below
private int badFoo;             // bad, should be marked transient

private void setMoreFoo(int moreFoo){
      this.moreFoo = moreFoo;

private int getMoreFoo(){
      return this.moreFoo;


This rule has the following properties:

Name Default Value Description
violationSuppressRegex Suppress violations with messages matching a regular expression
violationSuppressXPath Suppress violations on nodes which match a given relative XPath expression.
prefix A variable prefix to skip, i.e., m_


Since: PMD 3.0

Serializable classes should provide a serialVersionUID field.

   /FieldDeclaration/VariableDeclarator/VariableDeclaratorId[@Image='serialVersionUID']) = 0
   or ClassOrInterfaceType/@Image='']) =1
   @Abstract = 'false'


public class Foo implements {
 String name;
 // Define serialization id to avoid serialization related bugs
 // i.e., public static final long serialVersionUID = 4328743;