Run Sonarqube with Docker and PostgreSQL

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A long time ago (seems like ages to me) I have programming in Java and let my projects analyze with Sonarqube. I always remembered that every Sonarqube upgrade wasn’t quick to made. Since Docker I now have the possibility to run the latest stable Sonarqube version. No manual upgrades anymore. Sounds wonderful. Following installation was made on my Linux Box running Ubuntu 16.04.01 LTS with Docker 1.11.2 and PostgreSQL 9.5.

PostgreSQL Installation

First I need PostgreSQL for Sonar to store its data.

sudo apt-get install postgresql

Initial setup

Login as postgres user and alter the password for the database user

sudo -u postgres psql template1
ALTER USER postgres WITH PASSWORD 'fancypassword';

Move data directory

As default the data directory is defined in /var/lib/postgresql/9.5/main. This is my SSD. Data can be stored on my regular HDD. Therefore move it to /home/postgresql.

This step is not necessary :smirk:.

Create database

We need a user for Sonarqube. I just named it sonar.

sudo -u postgres createuser -D -P sonar

The options explained:

* `-D` → The new user will not be allowed to create databases
* `-P` → Password prompt

Now we create the database for sonar and assign the encoding and user. I just choose the innovative name sonar :smile:.

sudo -u postgres createdb sonar --encoding=UTF-8 --owner=sonar

Sonarqube with Docker

Now we need to pull the Docker image from https://hub.docker.com/_/sonarqube/. I chose the image variant lts-alpine. This image is based on the popular Alpine Linux project, available in the alpine official image. Alpine Linux is much smaller than most distribution base images (~5MB), and thus leads to much slimmer images in general.

sudo docker pull sonarqube:lts-alpine

Testing and troubleshooting

If we run it interactively with the settings for PostgreSQL:

$ docker run -it --name sonarqube \
    -p 9000:9000 -p 9092:9092 \
    -e SONARQUBE_JDBC_URL=jdbc:postgresql://localhost/sonar \

We get an error :-o

2016.09.26 20:19:45 INFO  web[o.sonar.db.Database] Create JDBC data source for jdbc:postgresql://localhost:5432/sonar
Caused by: org.postgresql.util.PSQLException: Connection refused. Check that the hostname and port are correct and that the postmaster is accepting TCP/IP connections.

Fixing connection problem

The connection between Docker and PostgreSQL doesn’t work. Docker has its own interface with IP assigned.

tan@omega:~$ ifconfig
docker0   Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 02:42:3d:4c:f3:00  
          inet addr:  Bcast:  Mask:
          inet6 addr: fe80::42:3dff:fe4c:f300/64 Scope:Link
          RX packets:18707 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:18753 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
          RX bytes:8669821 (8.6 MB)  TX bytes:9622716 (9.6 MB)

Therefore PostgreSQL has to allow this IP range. Add the line for 172.17.x.x in /etc/postgresql/9.5/main/pg_hba.conf:

# IPv4 local connections:
host    all             all               md5
host    all             all              md5

Now we need to apply the changes, either with a simple reload

sudo -u postgres /usr/lib/postgresql/9.5/bin/pg_ctl -D /home/postgresql/9.5/main reload

or just simply restart the service. Basically it isn’t necessary. But since it is a local non-shared installation:

/etc/init.d/postgresql restart

Tuning docker run

The official run command has some flaws. For portability you shouldn’t use localhost. You can add the option --add-host=database to expose your database host IP to docker.

Furthermore we need to map the declared volumes for data and extensions. Otherwise all changes or installed plug-ins are gone after the docker container stops. I decided to put everything in home directory.

mkdir -p sonar/data sonar/extensions
sudo docker rm sonarqube && sudo docker run -d --name sonarqube \
 -p 9000:9000 -p 9092:9092 \
 -v /home/tan/sonar/data:/opt/sonarqube/data \
 -v /home/tan/sonar/extensions:/opt/sonarqube/extensions \
 -e SONARQUBE_JDBC_URL=jdbc:postgresql:// \
 --add-host=database: \

If we run it interactively again, we see that the connection is ok and sonar creates some tables.

2016.09.26 20:22:49 INFO  web[o.sonar.db.Database] Create JDBC data source for jdbc:postgresql://
2016.09.26 20:22:57 INFO  web[DbMigration] ==  InitialSchema: migrating ==================================================
2016.09.26 20:22:57 INFO  web[DbMigration] -- create_table(:projects, {})

Some tables shown in DataGrip. postgresql-sonarqube

Check Docker container

If the container is running, docker ps shows you the information you need.

tan@omega:~$ sudo docker ps
CONTAINER ID        IMAGE                  COMMAND             CREATED             STATUS              PORTS                                            NAMES
44a2292b59a6        sonarqube:lts-alpine   "./bin/run.sh"      17 minutes ago      Up 17 minutes>9000/tcp,>9092/tcp   sonarqube

The wide output isn’t much readable, therefore we can format it more human readable.

tan@omega:~$ sudo docker ps --format 'CONTAINER ID: {{.ID}}\nIMAGE: {{.Image}}\nCOMMAND: {{.Command}}\nCREATED: {{.CreatedAt}}\nSTATUS: {{.Status}}\nPORTS: {{.Ports}}\nNAMES: {{.Names}}'
CONTAINER ID: 44a2292b59a6
IMAGE: sonarqube:lts-alpine
COMMAND: "./bin/run.sh"
CREATED: 2016-09-26 22:30:14 +0200 CEST
STATUS: Up 23 minutes
NAMES: sonarqube

Check if the docker container listens on the Sonar ports.

tan@omega:~$ netstat -na | grep  ':9000\|:9092'
tcp6       0      0 :::9092                 :::*                    LISTEN     
tcp6       0      0 :::9000                 :::*                    LISTEN

Setup Sonar

Now we a running sonar instance, we need some plugins for code inspection. Go to http://localhost:9000 with your browser and login with the defaults admin/admin.

Go to Administration → Update Center and install all the plugins you need, in my case:

* Java
* Checkstyle
* Findbugs
    * PMD

You need to restart the Sonar server, which can be done within the Administration web GUI.

Analyze Maven Project

If you use maven for a java project, you add the maven sonar plugin to your build section:


Run code inspection

mvn sonar:sonar

It defaults to localhost:9000. At the bottom of the Maven output you will see some INFO messages.

[INFO] Analysis report generated in 69ms, dir size=46 KB
[INFO] Analysis reports compressed in 31ms, zip size=23 KB
[INFO] Analysis report uploaded in 385ms
[INFO] ANALYSIS SUCCESSFUL, you can browse http://localhost:9000/dashboard/index/net.cinhtau:ssh-demo

Shutdown Sonar

If you don’t need sonar simply stop your sonar container:

sudo docker stop sonarqube
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