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To create a Sonar plugin, you need Java 5 or later. Maven is not required to build sources but it is highly recommended. Moreover this guide uses Maven to create and compile sources.

Create Plugin

The recommended way is to duplicate one of the examples located in the directory /plugins of this GitHub repository : If you don't which one must be used, then select the sonar-reference-plugin.

There are two ways to copy the example :

  1. if you have Git, then clone the repository
  2. if you don't have Git, download the repository at

Build and Deploy Plugin

Simply execute

from the root directory, for example /path/to/sonar-reference-plugin. The JAR file is generated in the directory /target. It must be copied to the directory /extensions/plugin of your Sonar installation. The server must be restarted.

Next step is: coding a plugin.

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