Sonarlint vs sonarQube

Sonarlint vs sonarQube
Written by Nilima PaulDecember 2, 2021
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Nilima Paul

Technology Security Analyst

In this article, we will know about Sonarlint vs sonarQube who is the better.

What is SonarQube?

SonarQube (earlier known as Sonar) is an open source instrument suite to quantify and investigate to the nature of source code. It is carried out in Java language and can dissect the code of around 20 distinctive programming dialects. Anything that influences code base, from minor styling subtleties to basic plan mistakes, is investigated and assessed by SonarQube, which helps programming application designers to recognize the issue and its impact.


Features of SonarQube

  1. Write Clean Code
  • Overall Health

Discovered issues can either be Unreachable source code, a Bug, Vulnerability, Code Smell, Coverage or Duplication. Each category has a corresponding number of issues. Dashboard page shows where you stand in terms of quality in a glimpse of an eye.

  • Enfore Quality gate

To fully enforce a code quality practice across all teams, you need to set up a Quality Gate. A Quality Gate is a set of conditions the project must meet before it can qualify for production release. The overview of the project will show the results of the SonarQube analysis.

  • Analyze Pull requests

SonarQube, having two main products as sonarlint and sonarqube, categorizes Issues in the different type. It displays the corresponding number of issues or a percentage value as per different categories.

There are five different severity levels of Issues like blocker, critical, major, minor and info.

The issues tab has different filter criteria like category, severity level, tag(s), and the calculated effort (regarding time) it will take to rectify an issue.

  • Dig into Issues

From the issues tab, you have full power to analyze in detail what the main issues are, where they are located when they were added to your code base and who originally introduced them. It provides facility to assign an issue to another user, to add the comment on it, and change its severity level. On Click of a particular issue, shows more description about the issue.

2. Detect Bugs for Better Code Quality

  • Detect Bugs

Represents wrong code which has not broken yet but it will probably at the worst possible moment. Examples include null-pointer, memory leaks, and logic errors.

  • Code Smell

A maintainability-related issue in the code which indicate a violation of fundamental design principles. Code smell technically not incorrect but it is not functional as well. Examples include duplicated code, too complex code, Dead Code, Long Parameter List.

  • Security Vulnerability

A security-related issue which represents a backdoor for attackers. Examples include SQL injection, hard-coded passwords and badly managed errors.

3. Multi-Language

  • 20+ Programming LanguagesSonarQube 4.2 and higher version comes with code analyzer for each major programming language.
  • Multi-Language Projects

We often use multiple programming languages in the software application development – like [C#, C++ and JavaScript] or [Java, JavaScript and HTML]. SonarQube automatically detects the languages and run corresponding code analyzer for each language.

4.Centralize Quality

  • All projects in one place

SonarQube enables the centralized system of storing the code metrics which allows an organization to estimate and predict risks of the project. SonarQube will not only simplify the deployment but also allows making a qualitative step forward for the project management, monitor the project status.

  • Shared rulesets

SonarQube provides the facility to create your own quality profiles, in which you can define Sonar Rules which can be shared among different projects.

How it helps for different users in Organization

  • Developers

As SonarQube give subtleties of various mistakes and coding quality level investigation it assists engineers with further developing the code quality and furthermore assists with further developing the coding abilities. The engineer can further develop information about the coding guidelines, best practices and so forth Routinely utilization of the SonarQube drives engineers to recognize the coding standard infringement and they will quite often cling to those guidelines even at the hour of coding.

  • Technical management

SonarQube supports easy integration with version control system to track down the code changes along with developer’s detail who made those changes. This helps to identify the developer’s performance in coding practices.

  • Non-technical management

Non-Technical management wants to see how measurable code quality and code security are going on. They don’t understand complexity and duplications. But with the matrix and total numbers, it is easy to make a decision for each project.

What is SonarLint?

SonarLint is a free, open source, and accessible in the Visual Studio Gallery, which upholds C#, VB.NET which will assist you with fixing code quality issues before they even exist.

SonarLint can be utilized as a module for Visual Studio support just in Visual Studio 2015 and Visual Studio 2017.


Features of SonarLint

1. Instant View

SonarLint will provide developers with instant feedback in their IDEs as they are writing code, like with a spell checker. SonarLint also shows already existing issues in the code and enables developers to differentiate what issues they introduced.

2.On-the-fly Detection

Issues appear as you type code. SonarLint provides the facility to identify problems as you write code, just like a spell checker for text.

3. Smart Education

Error descriptions come with issue detection. SonarLint provides Rich documentation which will let you understand issues in details and explain what is coding best practices.

It gives a code example and shows how to resolve the example issue which is easy to understand the issue. In this way, SonarLint is powerful tools for developers to learn.

4. Push Notifications SonarLint tracks Quality Gate status like failed, passed, and warning. SonarLint also gives an analysis has assigned a new issue to you.

5. Connected Mode

The user can connect to a SonarQube server and bind your Visual Studio solution to a SonarQube project. This operation automatically updates the rulesets of the solution and attaches the solution to the required Roslyn analyzers.


  • SonarLint works more like a plugin
  • SonarLint works more like a plugin
  • SonarLint supports only in the IDE like IntelliJ, Eclipse and Visual Studio.
  • SonarLint gives instant feedback as you type your code.
  • SonarLint concentrates on what you are writing run time while coding.
  • SonarLint does not performs scans with 3rd party analyzers


  • SonarQube has a server associated with it
  • SonarQube is a central server that processes which covers full analyses which need to be triggered by the various SonarQube Scanners.
  • Sonarqube give a vision of the quality of your complete project code base.
  • SonarQube analyzes all the source code for all files in frequent interval.
  • SonarQube performs scans with 3rd party analyzers (stylecorp,findBugs, checkstyle, PMD)
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