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Dependency-Check Plugin for SonarQube 8.x and 9.x

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Integrates Dependency-Check reports into SonarQube v8.9 or higher.

The project will try to backport all code from master branch to last supported LTS. Please see the SonarQube 6.x or SonarQube 7.x branch for old supported version.

About Dependency-Check

Dependency-Check is a utility that attempts to detect publicly disclosed vulnerabilities contained within project dependencies. It does this by determining if there is a Common Platform Enumeration (CPE) identifier for a given dependency. If found, it will generate a report linking to the associated CVE entries.

Dependency-Check supports the identification of project dependencies in a number of different languages including Java, .NET, Node.js, Ruby, and Python.


This SonarQube plugin does not perform analysis, rather, it reads existing Dependency-Check reports. Use one of the other available methods to scan project dependencies and generate the necessary JSON report which can then be consumed by this plugin. Refer to the Dependency-Check project for relevant documentation.


The plugin keeps track of a number of statistics including:

  • Total number of dependencies scanned
  • Total number of vulnerabilities found across all dependencies
  • Total number of vulnerable components
  • Total number of critical, high, medium, and low severity vulnerabilities

Additionally, the following two metrics are defined:

Inherited Risk Score (IRS)

 (critical * 7) + (high * 5) + (medium * 3) + (low * 1)

The IRS is simply a weighted measurement of the vulnerabilities inherited by the application through the use of vulnerable components. It does not measure the applications actual risk due to those components. The higher the score the more risk the application inherits.

Vulnerable Component Ratio

(vulnerabilities / vulnerableComponents)

This is simply a measurement of the number of vulnerabilities to the vulnerable components (as a percentage). A higher percentage indicates that a large number of components contain vulnerabilities. Lower percentages are better.


$ mvn clean package

Working with NodeJS

This plugin used the same project setup as sonar-custom-plugin-example. Checkout this project to get informations to work with NodeJS components.


Ready to use binaries are available from GitHub.

Plugin version compatibility

Please use the newest minor version. Keep in mind, that SonarQube 5.6 LTS and SonarQube 6.7 LTS are not supported anymore.

Plugin Version SonarQube version
2.0.6 and up SonarQube 7.9 LTS and up
1.2.x - 2.0.5 SonarQube 7.6 and up
1.1.x SonarQube 6.7 LTS
1.0.3 SonarQube 5.6 LTS


Copy the plugin (jar file) to $SONAR_INSTALL_DIR/extensions/plugins and restart SonarQube or install via SonarQube Marketplace.


Create aggregate reports with Dependency-Check. Dependency-Check will output a file named 'dependency-check-report.json'. The Dependency-Check SonarQube plugin reads an existing Dependency-Check JSON report.

Plugin Configuration

A typical SonarQube configuration will have the following parameter. This example assumes the use of a Jenkins workspace, but can easily be altered for other CI/CD systems.


In this example, all supported reports (JSON and HTML) are specified. Only the JSON report is required, however, if the HTML report is also available, it greatly enhances the usability of the SonarQube plugin by incorporating the actual Dependency-Check HTML report in the SonarQube project.

This plugin tries to add SonarQube issues to your project configuration files (e.g. pom.xml, *.gradle, package-json.lock). Please make sure, that these files are part of sonar.sources.

To configure the severity of the created issues you can optionally specify the minimum score for each severity with the following parameter. Specify a score of -1 to completely disable a severity.


In large projects you have many dependencies with (hopefully) no vulnerabilities. The following configuration summarize all vulnerabilities of one dependency into one issue.

sonar.dependencyCheck.summarize=false (default)

If you want skip this plugin, it's possible with following configuration.

sonar.dependencyCheck.skip=false (default)

If you want to work with Security-Hotspots to enable a review process in your team, use the following configuration.

sonar.dependencyCheck.securityHotspot=false (default)


Dependency-Check is available as a:

  • Command-line utility
  • Ant Task
  • Gradle Plugin
  • Jenkins Plugin
  • Maven Plugin
  • SonarQube Plugin

Copyright & License

Dependency-Check Sonar Plugin is Copyright (c) dependency-check. All Rights Reserved.

Dependency-Check is Copyright (c) Jeremy Long. All Rights Reserved.

Permission to modify and redistribute is granted under the terms of the LGPLv3 license.