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Description / Features

This plugin is used to exclude some violations in a fine-grained way. It allows to define some exclusion patterns to switch off violations:

  • By rule
  • By file name/path
  • By line or range of lines
  • By file content (since version 1.2)


  1. Install the Switch Off Violations plugin through the Update Center or download it into the SONAR_HOME/extensions/plugins directory
  2. Restart the Sonar server


Exclusion patterns can be specified at both global and project levels. Go to Configuration > General Settings > Switch Off Violations (or at project level: Configuration > Settings > Switch Off Violations) and set the 'sonar.switchoffviolations.patterns' property:

  • Comments start with #
  • Blank lines are allowed
  • A line can have the following formats:
    • A semi-colon separated string defining 3 parts: resource key pattern, rule key pattern and range of lines.
    • A semi-colon separated string defining 2 parts: a first regular expression and a second one, which will be used to determine blocks of code for which violations must be ignored
      • Note: if the first regular expression is found but not the second one, then the plugin considers that the end of the code block is the end of the file.
    • A single string defining a regular expression which will be used to determine files that should be ignored if they match this regular expression


# suppress all violations

# exclude the Java file;*;*

# exclude a Java package*;*;*

# exclude a specific rule

# exclude a specific rule on a specific file;;*

# exclude on specific lines 10, 25 and 90;*;[10,25,90]

# exclude on a range of lines;*;[10-90]

# exclude on many ranges of lines;*;[10-90,92,98,120-150]
# Since 1.2: exclude code blocks delimited by GEN-FIRST and GEN-LAST (like NetBeans auto-generated code)
# Since 1.2: exclude files containing "@javax.annotation.Generated"


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Change Log


Release 1.2 (3 issues)



Release 1.1 (1 issues)

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