Skip to end of metadata
Go to start of metadata

You are viewing an old version of this page. View the current version.

Compare with Current View Page History

« Previous Version 20 Next »


Table of Contents


The new structure of Team Foundation Build gives us a great opportunity to integrate better with your build and release processes in Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) (formerly VSO) and Team Foundation Server (TFS) on-premises. We have created a public extension you can install into your VSTS account or a TFS 2015 server. The extension contains the following build steps:

For C# and VB.NET projects, including mixed languages (C# and VB.Net, C# and Javascript...)

  • SonarQube Scanner for MSBuild - Begin Analysis
  • SonarQube Scanner for MSBuild - End Analysis

All other languages

  • SonarQube Scanner CLI

The source of the extension is available in the GitHub SonarQube Scanner for MSBuild repository.


The SonarQube Extension for VSTS/TFS is compatible with TFS 2015 Update 3 and VSTS. It requires SonarQube version 5.6+ (LTS).


  • A SonarQube server (it can be too)
  • An agent with:
    • .NET Framework v4.5.2+
    • Java Runtime Environment (JRE) v7u75+


You can simply install the extension from the marketplace and follow the instructions below.


After installing the extension, follow the steps below to get it running for your build.


SonarQube Scanner for MSBuild Tasks

Use the two SonarQube Scanner for MSBuild tasks to analyze C# or VB.Net projects.

You should respect the following order:

  1. SonarQube Scanner for MSBuild - Begin Analysis task before any MSBuild or Visual Studio Build task.
  2. SonarQube Scanner for MSBuild - End Analysis task after the Visual Studio Test task.

SonarQube Scanner CLI Task

Use this task to analyze any file not relying on MSBuild compilation (Javascript, VB6...). The extensive list of supported language plugins can be found here.

Jenkins Task

Use this task if you want the Jenkins job to handle the build definition. More information about the Jenkins task can be found here.

Maven Task

Use this task if your project relies on a pom.xml file. In the Code Analysis section of the task you can check the Run SonarQube Analysis checkbox to enable SonarQube analysis.

You will find more information about how to configure the Maven task here (Microsoft website)



In order to analyze properly your solution you will need to setup a SonarQube Endpoint and edit your current Build Definition.

SonarQube Endpoint

  1. Open the Services page in your Visual Studio Team Services Control Panel
    Click the Settings cog icon in the top bar of the project screen and then click the Services menu.

  2. Click on New Service Endpoint and choose SonarQube.

  3. Specify a Connection Name, the Server URL of your SonarQube Server (including the port if required) and the Authentication Token to use.

Editing the Build Definition

  1. Open the Build Definitions page in your Visual Studio Team Services Control Panel
    Click the Build & Release button on the top bar and then the Builds menu.

  2. Edit an existing Build Definition or create a new one and then click the Add build step... button.

  3. Select the Build category and then add the appropriate tasks.
    • For C# and VB.NET projects (optionally with other languages such as JavaScript) add both SonarQube Scanner for MSBuild - Begin Analysis and SonarQube Scanner for MSBuild - End Analysis tasks.
    • For other language projects, add the SonarQube Scanner CLI task.

Configuring SonarQube Tasks

  1. SonarQube Server section allows you to define the endpoint (i.e. SonarQube Server instance) to use.

    You can either:
    • select an existing endpoint from the drop down list
    • add a new endpoint
    • manage existing endpoints


    This is equivalent to setting and sonar.password arguments on a local call.

  2. SonarQube Project Settings section allows you to specify which SonarQube project to use.

    • Project Key - the unique project key in SonarQube

    • Project Name - the name of the project in SonarQube

    • Project Version - the version of the project in SonarQube


      This is the equivalent of setting  sonar.projectKey, sonar.projectName and sonar.projectVersion arguments on a local CLI call.

  3. Advanced section allows to specify advanced features. We advise you to keep the out-of-the-box experience if you are not familiar with these settings.
    • Additional Settings - space separated settings using the format: /d:propertyName=propertyValue. Normal command line escaping rules apply
    • Settings File - as Additional Settings except you can specify a file that will contains these settings
    • Include full analysis report in the build summary - delays the build to wait for SonarQube analysis report
    • Fail the build on quality gate failure - delays the build to wait for SonarQube analysis report AND make the build to fail if SonarQube quality gate is failure


      Include full analysis report in the build summary and Fail the build on quality gate failure induce a delay in your build and you might want to disable them for your development CI.




  • No labels