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Full installation in 5 steps

Step 1 - Create database

Apache Derby is embedded by default with Sonar. It does not need any installation. It's great for demos and tests but we advice you to use a robust database for real use. The following are currently supported : MySQL 5.x, Oracle 10g XE, SQL Server 2005. It may work on other versions.

We recommend to create an UTF-8 database named 'sonar' accessed by a specific user 'sonar'. Here is an example with MySQL :

Tables and indexes are automatically created when browsing the first time to the homepage (see step 3).

Step 2 - Install server

Download and unzip the distribution.

Step 3 - Configure database

If you do not use the default embedded database, edit conf/ to configure the database access. Templates are available for MySQL and Oracle. Just uncomment them and comment the first four lines dedicated to derby.
* sonar.jdbc.url : the URL of the database
* sonar.jdbc.driver : the class of the driver
* sonar.jdbc.user : the username (default is 'sonar')
* sonar.jdbc.password : the password (default is 'sonar')

Example for MySQL :

For commercial databases, copy the JDBC driver to /extensions/jdbc-driver/[YOUR DATABASE]/. MySql and jTDS for SqlServer drivers are already provided.

Step 4 - Start server

Mode 1 - Start the standalone application

The default listen port is 9000 and the context path is /, so the web server listens to [http://localhost:9000]. To change these parameters, edit the file conf/ Here is an example to listen to [http://localhost:80/sonar] :

Execute the following script to start the server :

  • on linux/mac : bin/[YOUR PLATEFORM]/ start
  • on windows : bin/windows-x86-32/StartSonar.bat

Note that you can also run as a NT service with bin/windows-x86-32/InstallNTService.bat then bin/windows-x86-32/StartNTService.bat

You can now browse to http://localhost:9000 and follow setup instructions.

Mode 2 - Deploy on application server

More details on the page Deploy on application server

Step 5 - Configure Maven2

Sonar uses a Maven2 plugin to analyze sources and to inject measures into the database. That's why database properties must be defined into the Maven2 configuration. Edit settings.xml file, located into $MAVEN_HOME/conf or ~/.m2, and add the four parameters from step 2.

If data collection and server are on different boxes, set the server host with the property ''.

Example :

We recommend to increase the Java heap memory. It avoids getting OutOfMemoryError failures. Set the MAVEN_OPTS environment variable :

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