Explains how to use incremental analysis to speed up analysis
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Ever since PMD 5.6.0, PMD has been able to perform Incremental Analysis.

When performing Incremental Analysis for the first time, PMD will cache analysis data and results. This allows subsequent analysis to only look into those files that are new / have changed. For a typical development environment, where you only change a few files at a time, this can reduce analysis time dramatically.

The generated report will be exactly the same as it would if running without incremental analysis. Files included in the final report will reflect exactly those files in your filesystem. Even if untouched, files with violations will be listed with full detail. Therefore, its usage is highly recommended.

Enabling incremental analysis

Incremental analysis is enabled automatically once a location to store the cache has been defined. From command-line that is done through the -cache argument, but support for the feature is available for tools integrating PMD such as Ant, Maven, and Gradle.

Disabling incremental analysis

By default, PMD will suggest to use an analysis cache by logging a warning. If you’d like to disable this warning, or ignore the analysis cache for a few runs, you can use the -no-cache switch.

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