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SonarLint is a free and open-source IDE plugin brought to you by Sonar. It's your first line of defense to find and fix coding issues in real-time, ensuring the quality of your code and enhancing productivity. Much like a spellchecker, SonarLint highlights problems in your code using error squiggles, offers quick fixes, and gives you rich contextual educational guidance to help you improve your skills while resolving the issue.

Sonar’s IDE extensions are available for IntelliJ (and other JetBrains IDEs), Visual Studio, VS Code, and Eclipse, and can be installed directly from your IDE's plugin marketplace.

Supporting over 25 languages, frameworks, and IaC platforms in the most popular JetBrains IDEs, SonarLint leverages more than 5,000 language-specific Clean Code rules to instantly highlight common coding mistakes, bugs, and vulnerabilities. 

Clean Code

Clean Code is the standard for all code that results in secure, reliable, and maintainable software therefore, writing clean code is essential to maintaining a healthy codebase. This applies to all code: source code, test code, infrastructure as code, glue code, scripts, and more.

Sonar's Clean as You Code approach eliminates many of the pitfalls that arise from reviewing code at a late stage in the development process. This methodology uses your quality gate to alert and inform you when there’s something to fix or review in your new code (code that has been added or changed), helping you to maintain high standards and focus on code quality.

The Sonar Solution

The Sonar Solution helps you define your code as fit for production.

The Sonar solution performs checks at every stage of the development process:

  • SonarLint provides immediate feedback in your IDE as you write code so you can find and fix issues before a commit.
  • Then, SonarQube and SonarCloud will analyze your pull requests before you merge them, providing another layer of protection against code issues.
  • Finally, SonarQube and SonarCloud analyze your code on each build as part of your CI/CD workflow and together with Sonar Quality Gates, keep code with issues from being released to production.

The Sonar solution helps you incorporate the Clean as You Code methodology. This enables you to focus on submitting new, clean code for production while knowing that your existing code will be improved over time.

Connected Mode

Connected Mode joins SonarLint for IntelliJ with SonarQube and SonarCloud to deliver the full Sonar solution. Together, the Sonar analyses help to ensure only clean code makes it into your project. While in Connected Mode, SonarLint receives notifications from SonarQube or SonarCloud about your quality gate changes and new issues. Smart notifications can be enabled or disabled from the UI while creating or editing the connection settings.

Be sure to check out all of the Connected Mode benefits.

Learn more

Check out the entire suite of Sonar products: SonarQubeSonarCloud, and SonarLint.

Have a look at the types of issues that SonarLint detects when in combination with SonarQube and SonarCloud, and browse a full list of Sonar Rules and Rule Descriptions available for static code analysis.

And if you need help, visit our online community to search for answers and reach out with questions!

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