Continuous Inspection


The COBOL plugin enables analysis and reporting on COBOL projects.
Ultimate: Included
Enterprise: € 7,500
Professional: € 7,500
Community: Not Available
All prices for one license per year per instance including support, upgrades, maintenance.

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  • Automated COBOL code quality analysis
  • 150+ coding rules
  • DB2 SQL and CICS analysis
  • Support for user-defined coding rules


More versions
Cobol 3.2 – Sep 20, 2016 – SonarQube 5.6+ (Compatible with LTS)
Massive update of rules metadata to comply with the SonarQube quality model, This version requires SQ 5.6+ and Java 8
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The COBOL plugin adds a state-of-the-art COBOL parser to SonarSource products. It allows users to perform objective and automated COBOL code reviews against pre-defined or custom coding best practices.

This plugin benefits from the power of Open Source by reusing all available core services from the SonarQube platform, including issues drilldowns, hotspots, code viewer with syntax highlighting, the Time Machine, clouds, and coding rule profile management.


  • Conformance to the following standards: COBOL-74, COBOL-85 and COBOL-2002 (partial).
  • Solidly tested against the following dialects: IBM OS/VS COBOL, IBM OS/VS COBOL II, IBM COBOL/400, IBM ILE COBOL, IBM Enterprise COBOL, MicroFocus COBOL, AcuCobol-GT, Bull GCOS, HP Tandem and COBOL-IT.
  • Analysis of DB2 SQL and CICS statements embedded inside COBOL.
  • 150+ coding rules available, including CICS and SQL rules.
  • CWE coverage
  • Ability to extend the out-the-box rule engine by defining and activating custom rules.
  • Management of the COPY and REPLACE preprocessing statements with the optional REPLACING clause.
  • Ability to automatically flag code generated by COBOL code generators like CA-Telon.
  • Easy installation and usage.
  • Excellent performance, able to analyze millions of lines of code in minutes.

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