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A collection of utility scripts for SonarQube

Project description


Command line tools to help in SonarQube administration tasks.

DISCLAIMER: This software is community software. None of the tools it contains are neither supported nor endorsed by SonarSource SA, the company behind SonarQube

The following utilities are available:

  • sonar-audit: Audits a SonarQube platform
  • sonar-housekeeper: Deletes projects that have not been analyzed since a certain number of days
  • sonar-measures-export: Exports measures/metrics of one, several or all projects of the platform i CSV
  • sonar-issues-export: Exports issues (potentially filtered) from the platform in CSV
  • sonar-issues-sync: Synchronizes issue changelog between branches, projects or even platforms
  • sonar-projects-export: Exports all projects from a platform (EE and higher)
  • sonar-projects-import: Imports a list of projects into a platform (EE and higher)

:information_source: Although they are likely to work with many versions, the offered tools are only tested against SonarQube LTS (Long Term Support) and LATEST versions

Requirements and Installation

  • sonar-tools requires python 3.6 or higher
  • Installation is based on pip.
  • Online installation run: python3 -m pip install sonar-tools
  • Offline installation: If you have no access to the internet on the install machine, you can:
    • Download the .whl file from or attached to the release at The file should be something like. sonar_tools-<VERSION>-py3-none-any.whl
    • Copy the downloaded file on the install machine
    • On the install machine, run python3 -m pip install sonar_tools-<VERSION>-py3-none-any.whl
    • Note: The package is dependent upon pytz, argparse, datetime, requests and jprops. If they are not already installed, you would need to install those packages before installing sonar-tools

Common command line parameters

All tools accept the following common parameters:

  • -h : Displays a help and exits
  • -u : URL of the SonarQube server. The default is http://localhost:9000
  • -t : User token to invoke the SonarQube APIs, like d04d671eaec0272b6c83c056ac363f9b78919b06. Using login/password is not possible. The user corresponding to the token must have enough permissions to achieve the tool tasks
  • -v : Logging verbosity level (WARN, ÌNFO or DEBUG). The default is INFO. ERROR and above is always active.


Audits the SonarQube platform and output warning logs whenever a suspicious or incorrect setting/situation is found. The detail of what is audited is listed at the bottom of this (long) page

Usage: sonar-audit -u <url> -t <token> [--what [settings|projects|qg|qp]]

--what can be followed by a list of comma separated items When --what is not specified, everything is audited

  • --what settings: Audits global settings and general system data (system info in particular)
  • --what qp: Audits quality profiles
  • --what qg: Audits quality gates
  • --what projects: Audits all projects. This can be a fairly long operation
Click to see details of what is audited
  • General checks:
    • Verifies this is an official distribution
    • Verifies that the admin default password has been changed
    • DCE: Verifies that same plugins are install on all app nodes
    • DCE: Verifies that all app nodes run the same version of SonarQube
    • DCE: Verifies that all nodes are in GREEN status
  • General global settings:
    • sonar.forceAuthentication is true
    • sonar.cpd.cross_project is false
    • sonar.core.serverBaseURL is set
    • is empty
    • Project default visbility is Private
  • Global permissions:
    • Max 3 users with global admin, admin quality gates, admin quality profiles or create project permission
    • Max 10 users with global permissions
    • Group 'Anyone' should have no global permissions
    • Group 'sonar-users' should not have Admin, Admin QG, Admin QP or Create Projects permissions
    • Max 2 groups with global admin, admin quality gates, admin quality profiles permissions
    • Max 3 groups with create project permission
    • Max 10 groups with global permissions
  • DB Cleaner:
    • Delay to delete inactive SLB (7.9) or branches (8.x) between 10 and 60 days
    • Delay to delete closed issues between 10 and 60 days
    • sonar.dbcleaner.hoursBeforeKeepingOnlyOneSnapshotByDay between 12 and 240 hours (0.5 to 10 days)
    • sonar.dbcleaner.weeksBeforeKeepingOnlyOneSnapshotByWeek between 2 and 12 weeks (0.5 to 3 months)
    • sonar.dbcleaner.weeksBeforeKeepingOnlyOneSnapshotByMonth between 26 and 104 weeks (0.5 year to 2 years)
    • sonar.dbcleaner.weeksBeforeDeletingAllSnapshots between 104 and 260 weeks (2 to 5 years)
  • Maintainability rating grid:
    • A maintainability rating threshold between 3% and 5%
    • B maintainability rating threshold between 7% and 10%
    • C maintainability rating threshold between 15% and 20%
    • D maintainability rating threshold between 40% and 50%
  • Environment
    • Web heap (-Xmx) between 1 GB and 2 GB
    • CE heap (-Xmx) between 512 MB per worker and 2 GB per worker
    • Maximum CE 4 workers
    • CE background tasks failure rate of more than 1%
    • Excessive nbr of background tasks: More than 100 pending CE background tasks or more than 20 or 10 x Nbr workers
    • ES heap (-Xmx) is less than half the ES index (small indexes) or less than ES index + 1 GB (large indexes)
  • Quality Gates:
    • Unused QG
    • QG with 0 conditions or more than 7 conditions
    • QG not using the recommended metrics: reliability, security, maintainibility, coverage, duplication, security review rating on new code, new bugs, new vulnerabilities, new hotspots, new blocker, new critical, new major and reliability rating and security rating on overall code
    • Thresholds for the above metrics not consistent (non A for ratings on new code, non 0 for numeric count of issues, coverage not between 20% and 90%, duplication not between 1% and 3%, secuirty and relibility on overall code lower than D)
    • More than 5 quality gates
  • Quality Profiles:
    • QP not modified in 6 months
    • QP with less than 50% of all the available rules activated
    • QP not used by any projects
    • QP not used since more than 6 months
    • QP using deprecated rules
    • More than 5 QP for a given language
  • Projects:
    • Projects provisioned but never analyzed
    • Projects not analyzed since 6 months (on any branch)
    • Projects with Public visbility
    • Large projects with too much XML: Projects with more than 200K LoC and XML representing more than 50% of it
    • Permissions:
      • More than 5 different users with direct permissions (use groups)
      • More than 3 users with Project admin permission
      • More than 5 different groups with permissions on project
      • More than 1 group with execute analysis permission
      • More than 2 groups with issue admin permission
      • More than 2 groups with hotspot admin permission
      • More than 2 groups with project admin permission


Deletes all projects whose last analysis date (on any branch) is older than a given number of days.

Usage: sonar-housekeeper -u <url> -t <token> -o days [--mode batch]

  • -o <days>: Minimum number of days since project last analysis. To avoid deleting too recent projects it is denied to specify less than 90 days
  • --mode batch: If not specified, sonar-housekeeper will only perform a dry run and list projects that would be deleted. If specified projects are actually deleted

:information_source: Limitations

To avoid bad mistakes (mistakenly deleting too many projects), the tools will refuse to delete projects analyzed in the last 90 days.

:warning: Database backup

A database backup should always be taken before executing this script. There is no recovery.


sonar-project-housekeeper -u <url> -t <token> -o <days>


Exports one or all projects with all (or some selected) measures in a CSV file.
The CSV is sent to standard output.
Plenty of issue filters can be specified from the command line, type sonar-measures-export -h for details

Basic Usage: sonar-measures-export -u <url> -t <token> -m _main -b -r >measures.csv
-m _main is a shortcut to list all main metrics. It's the recommended option
-m _all is a shortcut to list all metrics, including the most obscure ones


sonar-measures-export -u <url> -t <token> -m ncloc,bugs,vulnerabilities >measures.csv
sonar-measures-export -u <url> -t <token> -m _main >main_measures.csv
sonar-measures-export -u <url> -t <token> -k <projectKey1>,<projectKey2> -m _all >all_measures.csv


Exports a list of issues as CSV (sent to standard output)
Plenty of issue filters can be specified from the command line, type sonar-issues-export -h for details.
:warning: On large platforms with a lot of issues, it can be stressful for the platform (many API calls) and very long to export all issues. It's recommended to define filters that will only export a subset of all issues (see examples below).


sonar-issues-export -u <url> -t <token> >all_issues.csv
sonar-issues-export -u <url> -t <token> -k <projectKey> >project_issues.csv
sonar-issues-export -u <url> -t <token> -r FALSE-POSITIVE,WONTFIX >fp_wf.csv
sonar-issues-export -u <url> -t <token> -a 2020-01-01 >issues_created_in_2020.csv
sonar-issues-export -u <url> -t <token> -types VULNERABILITY,BUG >bugs_and_vulnerabilities.csv


Synchronizes issues changelog between:

  • 2 branches of a same project
  • The main branch of 2 different projects of a same platform
  • The main branch of 2 projects from different platforms

Issues changelog synchronization includes:

  • Change of issue type
  • Change of issue severity
  • Issue marked as Won't fix or False positive
  • Issue re-opened
  • Custom tags added to the issue
  • Issue comments

The source and target issues are synchronized ony when there is a 100% certainty that the issues are the same, and that the target issue currently has no changelog. When a issue is synchronized, a special comment is added on the target issue with a link to the source one, for cross checking purposes The tool sends to standard output a JSON file with, for each issue on the target branch or project:

  • If the issue was synchonized
  • If synchronized, the reference to the source issue
  • If not synchronized, the reason for that. The reasons can be:
    • No match was found in the source branch/project
    • A match was found but the target issue already has a changelog
    • Multiple matches were found (list of all matches are given in the JSON)
    • A match was found but it is only approximate (ie not 100% certain match). The approximate match is provided in the JSON


sonar-issues-sync -u <url> -t <token> -k <projectKey> -b <sourceBranch> -B <targetBranch>  >sync_2_branches.json
sonar-issues-sync -u <url> -t <token> -k <sourceProjectKey> -K <targetProjectKey> >sync_2_projects.json
sonar-issues-sync -u <sourceUrl> -t <sourceToken> -k <sourceProjectKey> -U <targetUrl> -t <targetToken> -K <targetProjectKey> >sync_2_platforms.json


Exports all projects of a given SonarQube platform.
:warning: This requires a SonarQube Enterprise or Data Center Edition.
It sends to the output a CSV with the list of project keys, the export result (SUCCESS or FAIL), and:

  • If the export was successful, the generated zip file
  • If the export was failed, the failure reason

:information_source: All zip files are generated in the platform standard location(under data/governance/project_dumps/export)

The CSV file generated is to be used by the sonar-projects-import tool


sonar-projects-export -u <url> -t <token> >exported_projects.csv


Imports a list of projects previously exported with sonar-projects-export.
:warning: This requires a SonarQube Enterprise or Data Center Edition.
It takes as input a CSV file produced by sonar-projects-export

:information_source: All exported zip files must be first copied to the right location on the target platform for the import to be successful (In data/governance/project_dumps/import)


sonar-projects-import -u <url> -t <token> -f <export_csv_file>

Tools coming soon


Tries to recover issues that were mistakenly closed following a scan with incorrect parameters. This tool is only useful for platforms in version 7.9.x and lower since this feature is built-in with SonarQube 8.x

Issue recovery means:

  • Reapplying all transitions to the issue to reach its final state before close (Usually False positive or Won't Fix)
  • Reapplying all manual comments
  • Reapplying all severity or issue type change

:information_source: Limitations

  • The script has to be run before the closed issue purge period (SonarQube parameter sonar.dbcleaner.daysBeforeDeletingClosedIssues whose default value is 30 days)
  • The recovery is not 100% deterministic. In some rare corner cases (typically less than 5%) it is not possible to determine that an issue was closed unexpectedly, in which case the issue is not recovered. The script will log those cases
  • When recovering an issue all state change of the issue are applied with the user whose token is provided to the script (it cannot be applied with the original user). Some comments are added to mention who was the original user that made the change

Examples -u <url> -t <token> -k <projectKey>


This tool tries to sync issues manual changes (FP, WF, Comments, Change of Severity or of issue type) between:

  • 2 different branches of a same project
  • A same project on 2 different SonarQube platforms

Issue sync means:

  • Applying all transitions of the source issue to the target issue
  • Applying all manual comments
  • Applying all severity or issue type change


# Syncs issues for project <projectKey> from platform <src_url> to platform <target_url>
sonar-issues-sync -u <src_url> -t <src_token> -k <projectKey> -U <target_url> -T <target_token>

:information_source: Limitations

  • The sync is not 100% deterministic. In some rare corner cases (typically less than 5%) it is not possible to determine that an issue is the same between 2 branches or 2 platforms,in which case the issue is not sync'ed. The script will log those cases
  • When sync'ing an issue, all changes of the target issue are applied with the user whose token is provided to the script (it cannot be applied with the user of the original issue). Some comments are added to mention who was the original user that made the change
  • To be modified (sync'ed from a source issue), the target issue must has zero manual changes ie it must be has created originally by SonarQube


Extracts the history of some given metrics for a given project


Copyright (C) 2019-2020 Olivier Korach mailto:olivier.korach AT gmail DOT com

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU Lesser General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU Lesser General Public License along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1301, USA.

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