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SonarCloud or SonarQube

SonarQube (self-managed) and SonarCloud (hosted) offer static code analysis with hundreds of unique rules to find bugs, vulnerabilities, and more in your code.

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SonarCloud and SonarQube

SonarCloud and SonarQube are valuable tools to help you write clean, quality code in your projects. Both products rely on the same underlying static analysis engine to find bugs, vulnerabilities, and code smells and generate valuable code quality metrics. So, which product is best for you and your team to write clean code?

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Are your team, code, and workflow fully cloud-based?

If you’re looking for a hosted static analysis option, then SonarCloud is a great choice. As a hosted offering, users do not have to worry about installation or maintenance. No need to speak with a sales rep or request a license key - get automatic code analysis results on your private or public projects in minutes! At a high level, SonarCloud offers: 

  • Automatic, zero-configuration, analysis with GitHub for many popular languages
  • Authentication integration with GitHub, Azure DevOps, Bitbucket and GitLab
  • Immediate access to new features and functionality
  • Easily integrate with cloud platforms like or Bitbucket Cloud
  • Free open source analysis 
  • Usage-based pricing model for private projects

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Looking for a self-managed solution?

If you’re looking for a self-managed static code analysis option, then open-source based SonarQube is a great choice. SonarQube Developer Edition and Enterprise Edition also include additional enterprise features that may be valuable to your organization’s specific use case(s). This functionality falls into five main categories: authentication, governance, executive reporting, multiple repository support, and extensibility. At a high level, SonarQube offers: 

  • Offers a Long-Term Support (LTS) version
  • Run your instance your way, as a virtual machine, on Docker, or with Kubernetes with vertical and horizontal scaling support
  • Easy project onboarding with integration to GitHub, GitLab, Azure and Bitbucket; in-cloud and on-premises
  • Commerical features include executive-level reporting capabilities, security reports including coverage for OWASP Top 10 and CWE Top 25 and more, portfolios support, multiple DevOps platform support and more
  • Advanced security analysis with deeper SAST
  • Customers  install and maintain their environment
  • Free open source analysis with Community Edition
  • A yearly subscription based on lines of code for commercial editions 
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How are SonarQube and SonarCloud similar?

  • Open source analysis is always free with SonarQube Community Edition and SonarCloud
  • No commitment, 14-day free trial offering
  • Both are based on the same underlying static analysis engine to catch bugs, vulnerabilities, and code smells
  • Both generate valuable code quality metrics
  • Quality Gates keep code with issues from being released to production, a key tool in helping you incorporate the Clean as You Code methodology.
  • IDE Support with SonarLint integration
  • Efficient and fast SAST analysis
  • Fast issue resolution and clean remediation guidance
  • Both products cover essentially the same languages (SonarCloud doesn’t support PL/I, RPG or VB6). 
  • Ability to integrate with CI/CD workflow of most DevOps platforms 
  • And more!

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