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Description / Features

This plugin enables the delegation of SonarQube authentication to underlying PAM subsystem. The plugin works on *nix box with Pluggable Authentication Module (PAM).

Only password-checking is done against PAM. Authorization (access control) is still fully managed in SonarQube. A SonarQube account must be created first for each new user wishing to use SonarQube. The System administrator should also assign the user to the desired groups in order to grant him necessary rights. If exists, the password in the SonarQube account will be ignored as the external system password will override it.

Works on

OS and Architecture


Linux AMD64


Linux i386




Solaris sparc


Windows all flavours


(tick) Works, tested
(warning) Should work, not tested
(minus)  Does not work

Usage & Installation

  1. Install jpam
    1. Download jpam for your system from here
    2. Alternatively:
      1. Copy the jpam's native library following these directions
      2. Copy the jpam's native libray in sonar/bin/<your arch>/lib
  2. Install SonarQube PAM plugin
    1. Place the jar plugin into the /extensions/plugins directory
    2. Make sure that at least one user with global administration role exists in SonarQube as well as in the external system
    3. Update the SONARQUBE_HOME/conf/ file by adding the following lines:
  3. Restart SonarQube and check logs for:

  4. Log in to SonarQube

Known Issues

Crash using PAM winbind authentication (

In case of unsucessful login for wrong password/locked out account (wrong username does not produce the same issue) you may get this kind of error while using pam winbind authentication: error

In this case SonarQube crashes and restarts automatically.

As far as I understand it's a issue. I've found this workaround:

  1. Edit /etc/security/pam_winbind.conf:
  2. Set Kerberos authentication:


Change Log


Release 0.2 (1 issues)



Release 0.1 (1 issues)



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