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The C# Plugins ecosystem consists of the following plugins:

  • C# Core : the core plugin that defines API used by every other plugin in the ecosystem
  • C# Squid : the plugin that parses C# code source, computes metrics and detects copy-paste (distributed by SonarSource as a freeware)
  • C# FxCop : the plugin launches FxCop analyses to detect violations relating to potential bugs, tight coupling, globalization, ...
  • C# StyleCop : the plugin launches StyleCop analyses to detect violations primarily relating to coding style (formatting, comments, ...)
  • C# Gendarme : the plugin launches Gendarme analyses to detect violations primarily relating to coding bad practices, smell detection, performance, ...
  • C# Gallio : the plugin launches Gallio to run tests and gets execution report as well as coverage report (using PartCover or NCover)

You may not want to install of all these plugins: only the C# Core plugin is mandatory, although it won't do much without the C# Squid plugin. So let's say you need to install at least those 2 plugins.
For the other ones, feel free to install the ones that suit your need.


Below are the requirements to be able to use the C# Plugins:

  • Sonar requirements: please first check that you know the requirements for the Sonar platform itself
  • C# Plugins Ecosystem requirements
    • Your C# code base must be developped with Visual Studio, and thus must contain a ".sln" file (.NET Solution)
    • If you want test metrics, unit tests must be isolated from the main code base in dedicated Visual Studio Projects. Also the test framework must be compatible with Gallio.
    • Supported versions:

      C# language

      Up to 4.0

      .NET framework

      2.0, 3.5 and 4.0


      3 and 4

      Visual Studio

      Tested with VS2008 and VS 2010 ".sln" files.
      Older versions may be also supported (feel free to give feedback)

Install the C# plugins

  1. Download the ZIP that contains the latest version of the C# plugins
  2. Copy the plugins you chose into the "/extensions/plugins" folder of Sonar

Install SonarSource C# Squid plugin

  1. Download the C# Squid plugin
  2. Copy it into the "/extensions/plugins" folder of Sonar

Install the required tools

Depending on which plugin you chose to install, you may need to install the corresponding tool.


Install required if plugin selected?

Web site / download / install guide

Versions supported (tested in bold)



1.36+ (10.0)


NO, StyleCop 4.4 binaries embedded in the plugin

4.3+ (4.4)


NO, Gendarme 2.10 binaries embedded in the plugin

2.10+ (2.10)



3.1 Update 2 + (3.2.3)


YES if you want to use PartCover as the coverage engine
(click on the "Downloads" button)

2.2, 2.3 and 4.0 (4.0)


YES if you want to use NCover as the coverage engine

3.0 (3.0)


This may sound obvious if you are already familiar with Sonar : Sonar analysis is not necessarily performed on the same machine as the one running Sonar server. This means that you can run Sonar on a linux box and run analysis on Windows boxes. Also you need to install the tools mentioned above on each box where analysis will be performed.

Check the prerequisites

  • Sonar must be correctly installed
  • Maven or the Sonar Java Runner must be installed
  • Your .NET solution must be compiled if you want to use the following plugins:
    • FxCop
    • Gendarme
    • Gallio
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