SDK for SonarQube Roslyn Analyzer Plugins
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Welcome to the SonarQube Roslyn SDK project


Copyright 2015-2018 SonarSource.

Licensed under the GNU Lesser General Public License, Version 3.0

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This repo contains tools to help integrate Roslyn analyzers with SonarQube so that issues detected by the Roslyn analyzers are reported in SonarQube. Specifically, the tools will generate a Java SonarQube plugin that registers the rules with SonarQube. The generated plugin works with the C# plugin (v4.5 or higher) and the SonarQube Scanner for MSBuild (v2.0 or higher) to handle executing the analyzer and uploading any issues. See this blog post for more information.

Deprecation of the Roslyn SDK by MMF-1332

Once MMF-1332 is implemented, issues for all Roslyn analyzers will be automatically imported to SonarQube without the need for the custom plugin produced by this SDK.

Download latest release

The latest release version (v2.0) is available here.


v1.0 of the SDK generates plugins that are compatible with SonarQube v4.5.2 -> v6.7.

v2.0 generates plugins that are compatible versions of SonarQube from v6.7 (tested with the current latest available version, v7.3alpha1).

If you have an existing plugin that was generated with v1.0 of the SDK and want to use the plugin with SonarQube 7.0 or later, you will need to create a new plugin using v2.0 of the SDK. If you customized the SQALE.xml file for your v1.0 plugin, you will need to move the remediation information to the rules.xml file for the v2.0 plugin.

Current limitations:

  • the analyzer must be available as a NuGet package
  • the analyzer must use Roslyn 2.8.2 or lower (newer versions of Roslyn are not yet supported - see issue SFSRAP-45 for a workaround)
  • only C# rules are supported

Changes between v1.0 and v2.0

The full list of changes is contained is available on the release page. The main changes are described in more detail below.

  • in v1.0, it was not possible to customize the rules.xml file, although debt remediation information could be supplied in a separate sqale.xml file. SQALE has been deprecated in SonarQube, and the format of the rules.xml file has been extended to support debt remediation information. As a result, v2.0 of the SDK no longer supports providing a sqale.xml file. Instead, it is now possible to manually edit the rules.xml that describes the rule. This means debt remediation data can be added, and it also means that the rest of the metadata describing the rules can be edited to (e.g. to change the severity or classification or the rules, or to add tags).
  • v2.0 is built against Roslyn 2.8.2, so will work against analyzers that use that version of Roslyn or earlier.
  • v2.0 uses NuGet v4.7, which supports the TLS1.3 security protocol.

Target users

There are two groups of target users:

  1. Roslyn analyzer authors

    • Analyzer authors will be able to use the tools during development to provide additional metadata about their rules (e.g. SonarQube severity, tags, a richer description, ...) and generate the SonarQube plugin.
  2. Roslyn analyzer users

    • If the analyzer author has not provided a SonarQube plugin for their analyzer then users will be able to generate a plugin from an analyzer NuGet package, although they won't be able to provide such rich metadata.

Getting started

To generate a SonarQube plugin for an analyzer:

  1. Download and install the latest released version

Alternatively, if you want to build the SDK locally:

  • Clone the repository
  • Build the solution PluginGenerator.sln in the repository root
  1. Run the generator tool
  • Run the generator tool RoslynSonarQubePluginGenerator.exe specifying the analyzer NuGet package id e.g. RoslynSonarQubePluginGenerator /a:Wintellect.Analyzers

It is possible to specify an optional package version e.g. /a:Wintellect.Analyzers:

The tool will create a .jar file named after the package name and version in the current directory e.g. wintellectanalyzers-plugin-1.0.5.jar

The generated jar can be installed to SonarQube as normal (e.g. by dropping it in the SonarQube server extensions\plugins folder and restarting the SonarQube server). You will see a new repository containing all of the rules defined by the analyzer. The rules can be added to Quality Profiles just like any other SonarQube rule.

Customizing the rules.xml file

To customize the rules.xml file, run the generator once against the NuGet package. The generator will produce a template rules.xml for the analyzers found in the package as well as producing the .jar file. Edit the rules.xml file then run the generator tool again, this time providing the /rules parameter to point to the edited rules.xml file.

The XML snippet below shows the expected format for tags and debt remediation information.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
    <name>My title</name>
    <description><![CDATA[My description]]></description>

Configuring NuGet feeds

The SDK will look for NuGet.config files in the following locations:

  • in the directory containing RoslynSonarQubeGenerator.exe
  • %AppData%\NuGet (i.e. the standard pre-user location)
  • %ProgramData%\NuGet\Config\SonarQube (a custom machine-wide location
  • %ProgramData%\NuGet\Config (i.e. the standard machine-wide location)

If the analyzer you want to package is available in a private NuGet feed then you will need to create an appropriate NuGet.config file to point to the private feed.

Generating a jar for an analyzer that is not available from a NuGet feed

If you want to create a jar for Roslyn analyzer that is not available from a NuGet feed (e.g. an analyzer you have created on your local machine) you can specify a package source that points at a local directory containing the .nupkg file created by the standard Roslyn templates. See the NuGet docs for more information.

NuGet packaging information

The SDK uses information from the NuGet package to populate the fields in the generated plugin that affect how the plugin is described in the Update Centre in the SonarQube UI. It is not currently possible to customise these values.

The NuGet package properties are documented here and the SonarQube plugin properties are documented here.

The NuGet package properties are mapped to plugin properties as follows:

Plugin property NuGet property Falls back to
Plugin-Name title id
Plugin-Description description
Plugin-Version version
Plugin-Developers authors
Plugin-Organisation owners authors
Plugin-Homepage projectUrl
Plugin-TermsConditionsUrl licenseUrl
Plugin-License licenseNames** licenseUrl
Key* id

* This property is not visible to users, but must be unique. It is calculated from the package id.

** This property is assigned heuristically by the website based on the licenseUrl.