How to Resolve ‘Must Override a Superclass Method’ Errors in Eclipse

How to Resolve 'Must Override a Superclass Method' Errors in Eclipse

6 June 2024 Stephan Petzl Leave a comment Tech-Help

If you have recently re-imported your projects into Eclipse, particularly for Android development, you might encounter the error message:

The method must override a superclass method

This can be quite frustrating, especially when it affects multiple overridden methods. Here’s a concise guide to help you resolve this issue efficiently.

Understanding the Root Cause

The primary reason for this error is that Eclipse defaults to Java 1.5 compliance level. In Java 1.5, the @Override annotation can only be applied to methods that override a superclass method, not interface methods. To fix this, you need to set the Java compiler level to 1.6 or higher.

Step-by-Step Solution

1. Change Compiler Compliance Level

Follow these steps to change the compiler compliance level:

  • Go to Project > Properties.
  • Select Java Compiler.
  • Check the box labeled Enable project specific settings.
  • Set the Compiler compliance level to 1.6 or higher.
  • Click Apply and then OK.

2. Configure Project Specific Settings

If the issue persists, you might need to configure project-specific settings:

  • Go to Eclipse > Preferences.
  • Select Java > Compiler.
  • Click on Configure Project Specific Settings….
  • Ensure that each affected project is set to 1.6 or higher.

3. Clean and Build the Project

Sometimes, Eclipse caches errors. To clear the cache:

  • Go to Project > Clean….
  • Uncheck Build Automatically.
  • Clean the project.
  • Rebuild the project by checking Build Automatically again.
  • Restart Eclipse if necessary.

4. Adjust Maven Project Settings

If you are working with a Maven project, you may need to update the pom.xml file:


After updating, right-click on the project, select Maven > Update Project…, and click OK.

5. Verify Execution Environment

Ensure that the correct execution environment is selected:

  • Go to Project > Build Path > Libraries.
  • Select JRE System Library and click Edit….
  • Ensure that a suitable Execution Environment is selected, not an Alternate JRE.


By following these steps, you should be able to resolve the ‘Must Override a Superclass Method’ errors in Eclipse. For more detailed guides on similar topics, you can explore our blog.

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