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Description / Features

The Issues Report plugin provides the ability to run local SonarQube analyses. The generate HTML report on issues.

The main use case is for a developer developers to check his/her code the code they have added or changed before pushing it back to the SCM.

It generates an HTML report that displays a list of issues that can Here's an example of HTML report (you can download the full report here):

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Issues can then be filtered by severity, new issues only, etc.

It supports all languages.

Here's an example of HTML report that you can download:

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titleSonar SonarQube Eclipse Plugin
Note that to perform local analyses, a SonarQube Eclipse plugin is also available. It currently while the Issues Report plugin supports every language, there is also support for certain languages within the IDE. The SonarQube plugin for Eclipse supports Java, C/C++ and Python. The SonarQube plugin for IntelliJ supports Java.

Just run a SonarQube analysis on your project with your favorite

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  1. Install the plugin through the Update Center or download it into the SONARQUBE_HOME/extensions/plugins directory
  2. Restart the SonarQube server


Note that you do not need to install any local SonarQube server and database.

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As the main use case is for developers to check the code they have added or changed before pushing it back to the SCM, the Issues Report plugin is usually used in preview mode. This is this usage that is detailed below.

Install your favorite analyzer (SonarQube RunnerMaven or Ant) . To run the analysis locally (without making the results available on the remote SonarQube server), just set the sonar.dryRun property to true and make sure that the is properly set to match your remote SonarQube server.

To get a local report:


on your local machine. You only have to set the property to point to your remote SonarQube server (connection settings to the remote database do not have to be provided for a preview analysis as no data is pushed to the database). Note that you don't need to install any SonarQube server on your local machine.

Copy the configuration file (, pom.xml, etc.) that is used to analyze the project on the remote server to your local machine. Make sure that the sonar.sources property refers to the directory containing the source code on your local machine (or update it accordingly). The tree structure of the source code on your local machine must match the tree structure that has been remotely analyzed by SonarQube. 

To get an HTML report, set the sonar.issuesReport.html.enable property to true


. To


define its location, set the sonar.issuesReport.html.location property


to an absolute or relative path to the


destination folder for the HTML report. The default value is .sonar/issues-report


/ for the SonarQube Runner and Ant, and target/sonar/issues-report


/ for Maven. By default 2 html reports are generated:

  • The full report (default name is issues-report.html)
  • The light report (default name is issues-report-light.html) that will only contains new issues.

The light report is useful when working on legacy projects with a lot of many issues, since the full report may be hard to display in your web browser. You can skip full report generation using property sonar.issuesReport.lightModeOnly.

You can also configure the filename of the generated html reports using property

To display a short report in the console, set the sonar.issuesReport.console.enable property to true:


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Finally, run a preview analysis that generates an HTML report:


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# Since SonarQube 4.0
sonar-runner -Dsonar.analysis.mode=preview -Dsonar.issuesReport.html.enable=true
# Prior to SonarQube 4.0
sonar-runner -Dsonar.dryRun=true -Dsonar.issuesReport.html.enable=true

Even more useful, you can limit the scope of the analysis to the files that have been recently created or modified

. To do so, the sonar.inclusions property can be set.In the following example, SonarQube will only check the myCobolProgram.cbl Cobol program and ignore the other programs of the application. The analysis will be local: nothing will be pushed to the database, thus the results will not be available through the SonarQube server web interface. An HTML report will be generated to display the list of issues on the myCobolProgram.cbl file:

(i.e. incremental mode):


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# Since SonarQube 4.0
sonar-runner -Dsonar.analysis.mode=incremental -Dsonar.issuesReport.html.enable=true
# Prior to SonarQube 4.0, the files have to be manually listed
sonar-runner -Dsonar.dryRun=true -Dsonar.issuesReport.html.enable=true -Dsonar.inclusions=src/myCobolProgram.cbl
titleMulti-module project compatibility
Note that the Issues Report plugin is not yet compatible with multi-module projects. See


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