Overview

Once the SonarQube platform has been installed, you're ready to install an analyzer and begin creating projects. To do that, you must install and configure the scanner that is most appropriate for your needs. Do you build with:

Note that we do not recommend running an antivirus scanner on the machine where a SonarQube analysis runs, it could result in unpredictable behavior.

A project is created in the platform automatically on its first analysis. However, if you need to set some configuration on your project before its first analysis, you have the option of provisioning it via Administration options.

What does analysis produce?

SonarQube can perform analysis on 20+ different languages. The outcome of this analysis will be quality measures and issues (instances where coding rules were broken). However, what gets analyzed will vary depending on the language:

  • On all languages, "blame" data will automatically be imported from supported SCM providers. Git and SVN are supported automatically. Other providers require additional plugins.
  • On all languages, a static analysis of source code is performed (Java files, COBOL programs, etc.)
  • A static analysis of compiled code can be performed for certain languages (.class files in Java, .dll files in C#, etc.)
  • A dynamic analysis of code can be performed on certain languages.

Will all files be analyzed?

By default, only files that are recognized by a language analyzer are loaded into the project during analysis.

For example if your SonarQube instance had only SonarJava SonarJS on board, all .java and .js files would be loaded, but .xml files would be ignored.

What about branches and pull requests?

Developer Edition adds the ability to analyze your project's release / long-lived branches, feature / short-lived branches, and pull requests as well as the ability to automatically decorate pull requests in some SCM interfaces. For more on branches see the branches overview.

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