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Community SonarQube Plugin for the Go language

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This is a community plugin for SonarQube to support the Go language started in April 2017 at Artois University. Since May 2018, Go is officially supported by SonarSource with SonarGo.

It integrates GoMetaLinter reports within SonarQube dashboard.

The user must generate a GoMetaLinter report for the code using the checkstyle format. The report is thus integrated to SonarQube using sonar-scanner.

Release 1.0 only provides golint support. Release 1.1 provides test coverage support. Upcoming releases will bring support for additional linters.


  • Thibault Falque
  • Daniel Le Berre


  • Download the latest version of the artifact
  • Stop sonarqube server
  • Put the jar file in $SONAR_PATH/extensions/plugins
  • Start sonarqube server

Enabling all latest rules

If you have already installed the plugin and you want to enable the new rules provided by the new version of the plugin, follow those steps after the installation:

  • Go on the Quality Profiles page
  • Click on the arrow near the "Create" button
  • Click on "Restore Built-In Profiles"
  • Choose the language (Go)
  • Click on "Restore"

Using the plugin

  • create a file.
sonar.projectName=name of project
# GoLint report path, default value is report.xml 
# Cobertura like coverage report path, default value is coverage.xml 
# if you want disabled the DTD verification for a proxy problem for example, true by default 
# JUnit like test report, default value is test.xml
  • start the analysis

It is assumed that you have the sonar scanner executable on your path and to run it at the root of your go project.

GoMetaLinter support

go get -u
gometalinter.v1 --install
  • Generate a gometalinter report using the checkstyle format:
gometalinter.v1 --checkstyle > report.xml

Coverage (since release 1.1)

For coverage metrics you must have one or multiple coverage.xml (cobertura xml format) files.

  • First install the tools for converting a coverprofile in cobertura file:
go get
go get
  • Then from the root of your project:
gocov test ./... | gocov-xml > coverage.xml

Note that gocov test ./... internally calls go test with the -coverprofile flag for all folders and subfolders, and assembles the coverprofile accordingly by itself (this is necessary, as Golang up to 1.9 does not support the combination go test ./... -coverprofile=...).

If you want to invoke go test manually, you need to do this and the conversion for each package by yourself. For example:

  • For all packages execute those commands:
go test -coverprofile=cover.out
gocov convert cover.out | gocov-xml > coverage.xml

You then end-up with one coverage file per directory:


This is an example of script for create all coverage files for all packages in one time.

for D in `find . -type d`
    echo $D
    if [[ $D == ./.git/* ]]; then
    elif [[ $D == .. ]]; then
    elif [[ $D == . ]]; then

    cd $D
    go test -coverprofile=cover.out
    gocov convert cover.out | gocov-xml > coverage.xml
    cd ..


go list -f '{{if len .TestGoFiles}}"go test -coverprofile={{.Dir}}/cover.out {{.ImportPath}}"{{end}}' ./... | xargs -L 1 sh -c
go list -f '{{if len .TestGoFiles}}"gocov convert {{.Dir}}/cover.out | gocov-xml > {{.Dir}}/coverage.xml"{{end}}' ./... | xargs -L 1 sh -c

Note for docker users: by default, gocov-xml uses absolute paths which prevents this plugin to use coverage files built on a different file system than the one used to run the plugin. A workaround is to use a patched version of gocov which provides the -pwd option to use relative paths instead of absolute paths. See #35 for details.

Tests (since release 1.1)

For test metrics you must generate a junit report file.

  • install the tools:
go get -u
  • run the tests from the root of your project:
go test -v ./... | go-junit-report > test.xml

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