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The Quality Profiles service is the heart of SonarQube, since it is where you define your requirements for:

  • Files - by defining sets of coding rules to check (ex: A method must not have a complexity greater than 10)
  • Projects - by defining sets of boolean thresholds on measures (alerts) to comply with (ex: The number of new critical issues must not be greater than 0)

Even if it is recommended that, for each language, all teams share a common quality profile, it is not always possible. That's why you can define as many quality profiles as you wish when:

  • Technological implementation differs from one application to another (for example, different coding rules may apply when building threaded or non-threaded Java applications).
  • You want to ensure stronger requirements on some of your applications (internal frameworks for example).
  • Etc.

To manage quality profiles, go to Quality Profiles (under Settings in the top bar):


The Quality Profiles service can be accessed by any user (even anonymous users). All users can view every aspect of a profile. That means that anyone can see which rules are included in a profile, and which ones have been left out, as well as compare two profiles. Any user can also view the alerts associated with a profile, the profile's change log, and the profile's inheritance tree, if any.

To make rule profile changes (create, edit or delete) users must be logged in as either a System administrator or a Quality Profile administrator (since version 3.6).

A project administrator can choose which profiles his project is associated with. See Project Administration for more.


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