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Streamlining Code Quality by Integrating SonarQube with Bitbucket

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Manual code reviews can be time-consuming and error-prone, so many development teams use automated tools like SonarQube to streamline the process. This blog explores the powerful combination of SonarQube and Bitbucket for enhancing code quality and streamlining software development. SonarQube’s comprehensive code analysis and reporting capabilities merge seamlessly with Bitbucket’s version control and collaboration features. The integration enables continuous code quality improvement, enhanced code reliability, proactive security measures, and streamlined code reviews. Key features include automated code analysis, pull request decoration, branch analysis, and trend monitoring. The blog provides step-by-step instructions for integrating SonarQube and Bitbucket, offering a comprehensive solution for optimizing the software development workflow.


SonarQube is a tool for ensuring source code quality, collecting, analyzing, and producing reports on the project’s overall code quality. It combines static and dynamic analytical techniques and enables continuous quality monitoring.

SonarQube makes your code base clean and maintainable, increasing code reliability and security and lowering technical debt. Along with 27 other languages, SonarQube supports C, C++, Java, JavaScript, PHP, GO, Python, and many more. SonarQube also has CI/CD integration and provides branch analysis and pull request decoration for code review input.

Bitbucket is a flexible platform created by Atlassian for contemporary software development teams. It is a secure and collaborative hub for version control, enabling developers to manage and track their source code effortlessly. Bitbucket offers flexibility in version control techniques with support for Git and Mercurial. It enables teams to improve software development procedures by streamlining operations and facilitating code collaboration.

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Benefits of Integrating SonarQube with Bitbucket

  • Continuous Code Quality Improvement – Regular code analysis helps maintain and enhance code quality over time. Early problem detection and resolution by developers helps to lower technical debt.
  • Enhanced Code Reliability – Applications are more reliable when bugs in the code are found and fixed. As a result, there are fewer bugs and fewer outages.
  • Security – SonarQube’s security analysis helps you handle possible security concerns by locating flaws in your code before they become an issue.
  • Streamlined Code Reviews – The Bitbucket integration of SonarQube streamlines code reviews. It gives reviewers information on the code quality directly within the pull request, making it simpler to evaluate code changes.

Key Features of SonarQube Integration with Bitbucket

  • Automated Code Analysis – SonarQube automatically analyzes your code with every push to the Bitbucket repository. It thoroughly reports on code quality, errors, weaknesses, and code smells.
  • Pull Request Decoration – In Bitbucket, SonarQube effortlessly adds metrics for the quality of the code and issues found to pull requests. During code reviews, this functionality helps decision-makers make well-informed choices.
  • Branch Analysis – Maintain high code quality standards throughout the development lifecycle by monitoring the code quality on various branches, such as feature branches and release branches.
  • Monitoring Code Quality Trends – The previous information and trend analysis features of SonarQube let you keep track of changes in code quality over time. This data-driven information is useful for allocating resources and streamlining processes.
  • Notifications and Alerts – Setting up SonarQube’s notifications and alerts to advise the development team of significant code concerns. Proactive notifications ensure that issues are dealt with quickly.

Steps to Integrate SonarQube and Bitbucket

Actions to be performed on Bitbucket:

  1. List of repositories that we have


2. Select Account Profile and click on All Workspaces.


3. Click on Manage.


4. Click OAuth consumers under Apps and Features on the left navigation.


5. Click the Add Consumer button.


6. The system requests the following information:

  • Name — Give the name of your OAuth consumer
  • Callback URL — Specify the URL of Bitbucket
  • This is a private consumer — Your OAuth consumer must be private as this is a private consumer. Ensure that this checkbox is checked.
  • Permissions — Grant permission for pull requests is read access.


Give required permissions:


Click on Save.

7. Toggle the consumer’s name to see the generated Key and Secret value for your consumer. See the generated OAuth consumer sample below.


Actions to be performed on SonarQube:

  1. Select Bitbucket Cloud, and you will be able to see the following image:


Select Bitbucket Cloud

2. Fill in the required information.

  • Configuration Name: The name given to your Bitbucket Cloud configuration at the project level (available only for Enterprise and Data Center Edition). Use a phrase that is brief and recognizable.
  • Workspace ID – Your Bitbucket cloud URL includes the workspace ID.{WORKSPACE-ID}/{repository-slug}
  • OAuth Key — Grab the OAuth Key from the Bitbucket OAuth Consumer and paste it into the form.
  • OAuth Secret — Get the OAuth Secret from the above-created OAuth Consumer on Bitbucket and Paste it into the field.

OAuth key and secret are generated in bitbucket (Refer to Step 7 above)

Save Configurations once added.

3. Provide Username and App password:

To create an App password, click on Add app password, which is shown on the right side

Give the name and required permissions:

Click on CREATE to get an App Password. Copy the generated password. This password is only displayed one time. So make sure to copy it.

Close once you copy the password and use the same password for step 3(In SonarQube)


Click on Save.

4. Now, we will be able to see the existing repositories of our bitbucket:



Integrating SonarQube with Bitbucket is a powerful combination for maintaining code quality and streamlining development. It empowers your team to produce reliable, secure, and maintainable code while fostering collaboration through enhanced code reviews. You can significantly improve your software development workflow by following the integration steps and utilizing the provided features.

Drop a query if you have any questions regarding SonarQube with Bitbucket and we will get back to you quickly.

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1. What are the primary benefits of integrating SonarQube with Bitbucket?

ANS: – Integrating SonarQube with Bitbucket offers several key benefits, including continuous code quality improvement, streamlined code reviews, proactive issue detection, historical code quality trend analysis, and enhanced collaboration among development teams. This integration enhances software development by ensuring code reliability, security, and maintainability.

2. How do I enable automated code analysis after integrating SonarQube with Bitbucket?

ANS: – After integrating SonarQube with Bitbucket, automated code analysis is enabled by default. SonarQube will automatically analyze your code with every push to the Bitbucket repository, providing insights into code quality, bugs, vulnerabilities, and code smells. This automated analysis ensures that code issues are identified and addressed promptly in your development workflow.

WRITTEN BY Ravikumar Eranna Murali

Ravikumar works as a Research Intern at CloudThat. His expertise lies in AWS Services and pursuing DevOps technologies like Kubernetes, Docker, and Jenkins. Ravi enjoys learning and working on new challenges to give the best solution.



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