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SonarQube Plugin for Objective-C

This repository is a fork of the open source SonarQube Plugin for Objective-C. It provides modifications and extra features needed for our internal use.

A SonarQube 5.0 dashboard of the iOS open source project GreatReader:

Example iOS SonarQube dashboard


Feature Supported Details
Complexity YES Uses Lizard
Design NO
Documentation YES
Duplications YES
Issues YES Uses OCLint: 71 rules, and Faux Pas: 102 rules
Size YES
Tests YES Uses xctool, will probably switch to xcodebuild + xcpretty soon
Code coverage YES With gcovr for project before Xcode 7, otherwise slather


Releases available from this repository are compliant with SonarQube 4.3.x and above.

In order not to break compatibility with the original plugin, plugin releases are numbered with 4 digits.

Faux Pas support

Faux Pas is a wonderful tool to analyse iOS or Mac applications source code, however it is not free. A 30 trial version is available here.

The plugin runs fine even if Faux Pas is not installed (Faux Pas analysis will be skipped).


Binary packages are available in the release section.

Release history


  • SonarQube 7.0 support


  • SonarQube 6.7 support
  • FauxPas 1.7.2 support (4 new rules added)
  • OCLint 0.13 support (1 new rule added)
  • Update : xcodebuild optimization (see #26 thanks to davidy4ng).
  • Fix for properties with space (see #29 thanks to Branlute)


  • Replaced oclint-xcodebuild by xcpretty (see #25 thanks to davidy4ng).
  • Added -nounittests and -usesonarscanner parameters to script (see #23 thanks to davidy4ng).
  • Sonar 6 fix for Faux Pas (see #20 thanks to macostea).


  • SonarQube 6 support. Important : will work with SonarQube 5.x and above only. Will not work anymore with SonarQube 4.5.x anymore.



  • Complexity with Lizard !

0.5.0 (detached from octo project)

  • Detached from octo project (to hard to maintain compatibility)
  • Removed deprecated API usages for Sonarube 5.3 support (based on 0.4.0)

  • Xcode 7 coverage support (profdata) (based on 0.4.0)

  • Faux Pas support for release 1.5 and 1.6
  • Support for multiple projects in a same workspace (based on 0.4.0)

  • Faux Pas support
  • Moved OCLint long line threshold to 250
  • Add the plain reporter at build step to get more information in case of build failure
  • Capitalized OCLint rule names


  • a Mac with Xcode
  • SonarQube and SonarQube Runner installed (HomeBrew installed and brew install sonar-runner)
  • xcpretty (see instructions below)
  • xctool (HomeBrew installed and brew install xctool). If you are using Xcode 6, make sure to update xctool (brew upgrade xctool) to a version > 0.2.2.
  • OCLint installed. Version 0.11.0 recommended (0.13.0 since Xcode 9).
  • gcovr installed for legacy (pre Xcode 7 coverage)
  • slather (gem install slather). Version 2.1.0 or above (2.4.4 since Xcode 9).
  • lizard (PIP installed and sudo pip install lizard)
  • Faux Pas command line tools installed (optional)

Installation of xcpretty with JUnit reports fix

At the time, xcpretty needs to be fixed to work with SonarQube.

To install the fixed version, follow those steps :

git clone
cd xcpretty
git checkout fix/duration_of_failed_tests_workaround
gem build xcpretty.gemspec
sudo gem install --both xcpretty-0.2.2.gem

Code coverage data format

Since Xcode 7, Apple changed its coverage data format to a new format called 'profdata'. By default this format will be used by the plugin, except if you explicitly force it to legacy mode (for Xcode 6 and below) in your with this line:


Installation (once for all your Objective-C projects)

  • Download the plugin binary into the $SONARQUBE_HOME/extensions/plugins directory
  • Copy somewhere in your PATH
  • Restart the SonarQube server.

Configuration (once per project)

  • Copy in your Xcode project root folder (along your .xcodeproj file)
  • Edit the file to match your Xcode iOS/MacOS project

The good news is that you don't have to modify your Xcode project to enable SonarQube!. Ok, there might be one needed modification if you don't have a specific scheme for your test target, but that's all.


  • Run the script in your Xcode project root folder
  • Enjoy or file an issue!

Update (once per plugin update)

  • Install the lastest plugin version
  • Copy somewhere in your PATH

If you still have file in each of your project (not recommended), you will need to update all those files.


Feel free to contribute to this plugin by issuing pull requests to this repository or to the original one.


SonarQube Plugin for Objective-C is released under the GNU LGPL 3 license.


Sonar Plugin for Objective-C






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