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By <a target="_top" href="https://www.sonarsource.com">SonarSource</a> &#8211; GNU LGPL 3 &#8211;
<a target="_top" href="https://jira.sonarsource.com/browse/SQSCANNER">Issue Tracker</a> &#8211;
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	<strong>Download SonarQube Scanner 3.0.1</strong><br/>
    Compatible with SonarQube 5.6+ (LTS)
    <a target="_top" href="https://sonarsource.bintray.com/Distribution/sonar-scanner-cli/sonar-scanner-cli-">Linux 64 bit</a>
    <a target="_top" href="https://sonarsource.bintray.com/Distribution/sonar-scanner-cli/sonar-scanner-cli-">Windows 64 bit</a>
    <a target="_top" href="https://sonarsource.bintray.com/Distribution/sonar-scanner-cli/sonar-scanner-cli-">Mac OS X 64 bit</a>
    <a target="_top" href="https://sonarsource.bintray.com/Distribution/sonar-scanner-cli/sonar-scanner-cli-">Any*</a>
<tr><td colspan="4"><small>*This package expects that a JVM is already installed on the system - with same Java requirements as the SonarQube server.</small></td></td></tr>
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The SonarQube Scanner is recommended as the default launcher to analyze a project with SonarQube.


  1. Expand the downloaded file into the directory of your choice. We'll refer to it as <install_directory> in the next steps.
  2. Update the global settings to point to your SonarQube server by editing <install_directory>/conf/sonar-scanner.properties:

    #----- Default SonarQube server
  3. Add the <install_directory>/bin directory to your path.
  4. You can verify your installation by opening a new shell and executing the command sonar-scanner -h (on Windows platform the command is sonar-scanner.bat -h) . You should get output like this:

    usage: sonar-scanner [options]
     -D,--define <arg>     Define property
     -h,--help             Display help information
     -v,--version          Display version information
     -X,--debug            Produce execution debug output

If you need more debug information you can add the sonar.verbose property by adding the command line parameter -Dsonar.verbose=true.


Create a configuration file in the root directory of the project: sonar-project.properties

# must be unique in a given SonarQube instance
# this is the name and version displayed in the SonarQube UI. Was mandatory prior to SonarQube 6.1.
sonar.projectName=My project

# Path is relative to the sonar-project.properties file. Replace "\" by "/" on Windows.
# Since SonarQube 4.2, this property is optional if sonar.modules is set. 
# If not set, SonarQube starts looking for source code from the directory containing 
# the sonar-project.properties file.

# Encoding of the source code. Default is default system encoding

Run the following command from the project base directory to launch the analysis:


Project Samples

To help you get started, simple project samples are available for most languages on github. They can be browsed or downloaded. You'll find them filed under projects/languages.


Java heap space error or java.lang.OutOfMemoryError,

Increase the memory via the SONAR_SCANNER_OPTS environment variable:

export SONAR_SCANNER_OPTS="-Xmx512m"

On Windows environments, avoid the double-quotes, since they get misinterpreted and combine the two parameters into a single one.


Unsupported major.minor version

Upgrade the version of Java being used for analysis or use one of the native package (that embed its own Java runtime). SonarQube 5.6+ requires Java 8.

Going Further