Qodana 2023.2 Help

YAML file

Qodana runs are configured via the qodana.yaml configuration file contained in the root directory of your project. Configuration settings of qodana.yaml override the default inspection profile settings and default configurations of Qodana linters. You can specify such overrides in the HTML report, and the changes are imported to qodana.yaml automatically.

The JSON schema for qodana.yaml is published in the SchemaStore project, which allows for completion and basic validation in IDEs.

To run subsequent checks with this customized configuration, save the file to the project's root directory. Alternatively, you can edit the qodana.yaml configuration file manually. This section will guide you through the necessary settings.

Run custom commands

Using the bootstrap option of qodana.yaml, Qodana can perform actions before running inspections.

To install a specific package in the Qodana container using the apt tool, add this line to qodana.yaml:

bootstrap: apt install <package_name>

To run a script, save the prepare-qodana.sh script file to the project directory and specify execution in qodana.yaml:

bootstrap: sh ./prepare-qodana.sh

To learn more about use-cases, see the Prepare your project section.

Set up a profile

Profile invocation is explained in the Inspection profiles section. Information about custom profiles is also provided here.

Exclude paths from the analysis scope

You can specify that the files in a certain directory are not analyzed. This can be done on a per-inspection basis or for all inspections at once. To exclude all paths in a project from the inspection scope, omit the paths node.


Exclude all inspections for specified project paths:

exclude: - name: All paths: - asm-test/src/main/java/org - asm/Visitor.java - benchmarks

Exclude inspections specified by ID for specified project paths:

exclude: - name: Annotator - name: AnotherInspectionId paths: - relative/path - another/relative/path - name: All paths: - asm-test/src/main/java/org - asm - benchmarks - tools

You can find specific inspection IDs in the Profile settings in the HTML report or in the .xml file with your inspection profile.

Include an inspection into the analysis scope

You can specify that the files in a certain directory are analyzed by an inspection that is not contained in the selected profile. This can be done on a per-inspection basis. To include all paths in a project into the inspection scope, omit the paths node.


In this example, the empty profile, which contains no inspections, is specified, and the SomeInspectionId inspection is explicitly included in the analysis scope for the tools directory. As a result, only the check performed by the SomeInspectionId inspection the tools directory contents will be included in the Qodana run.

profile: name: empty include: - name: SomeInspectionId paths: - tools

Set a fail threshold

Add a fail threshold to use as a quality gate:

failThreshold: <number>

When this number of problems is reached, the container executes exit 255. This can be used to make a CI step fail. The default value is 10000.

Override the default run scenario

script: name: <script-name> parameters: <parameter>: <value>

You can override the standard Qodana behavior, which can be helpful in the case of the PHP version migration. To inspect your code from this perspective, you can run the php-migration scenario.

By default, Qodana employs the default scenario, which means the normal Qodana run equivalent to this setting:

script: name: default

Example of different configuration options

version: 1.0 failThreshold: 0 profile: name: qodana.recommended include: - name: SomeInspectionId exclude: - name: Annotator - name: AnotherInspectionId paths: - relative/path - another/relative/path - name: All paths: - asm-test/src/main/java/org - benchmarks - tools

In the example above,

  • SomeInspectionId inspection is explicitly enabled for all paths, although it is disabled in the profile

  • Annotator inspection is disabled for all paths

  • AnotherInspectionId inspection is disabled for relative/path and another/relative/path

  • no inspections are conducted over these paths: asm-test/src/main/java/org, benchmarks, tools

Specify a linter

Using the linter option, you can specify the linter that you are going to employ. For example:

linter: jetbrains/qodana-jvm-android:2023.2

Configure the JDK version

You can configure the JDK version for these linters:

Use the projectJDK option to specify the JDK version, for example:

projectJDK: 11


projectJDK: 1.8

You can also specify JDK using the name:

projectJDK: corretto-19

To learn more about configuring JDK, see the Configure the JDK section.

Configure the PHP version

You can configure the PHP version before running the Qodana for PHP linter:

php: version: "X.x"

Disable sanity checks

By default, sanity checks are enabled in Qodana. You can disable them using this snippet:

disableSanityInspections: true

Configure license audit

You can run the license audit feature by enabling the CheckDependencyLicenses inspection:

include: - name: CheckDependencyLicenses

Ignore a dependency

Ignore a dependency to hide the related problems from the report:

dependencyIgnores: - name: "enry"

where name is the dependency name to ignore.

In the example above, the enry dependency is completely excluded from the analysis. Because any possible license-related problems are dismissed, the dependency won't be included in the report at all. This is useful to quickly hide internal dependencies that do not need to be mentioned in the report.

Allow or prohibit a license

Override the predefined license compatibility matrix:

licenseRules: - keys: - "PROPRIETARY-LICENSE" - "MIT" prohibited: - "BSD-3-CLAUSE-NO-CHANGE" allowed: - "ISC" - keys: [ "Apache-2.0" ] prohibited: - "MIT"

where keys is the project license(s); the dependency licenses identifiers are specified in allowed or prohibited.

Override a dependency license

Override a dependency license identifier:

dependencyOverrides: - name: "jaxb-runtime" version: "2.3.1" url: "https://github.com/javaee/jaxb-v2" licenses: - key: "CDDL-1.1" url: "https://github.com/javaee/jaxb-v2/blob/master/LICENSE" - key: "GPL-2.0-with-classpath-exception" url: "https://github.com/javaee/jaxb-v2/blob/master/LICENSE"

where name is the dependency name, version is the dependency version, and licenses is the list of redefined dependency licenses.

In the example above, you 'tell' Qodana to detect CDDL-1.1, GPL-2.0-with-classpath-exception and no other licenses for jaxb-runtime (only 2.3.1). This is useful when a dependency is dual-licensed, and you want to omit some license or when it's not possible to detect the license from the dependency sources correctly.

Custom dependencies

Currently, the license audit with Qodana is possible only for JPS, Maven, Gradle, npm, yarn and composer projects. If you want to include the dependency that should be mentioned in the report but is impossible to detect from the project sources, you can use customDependencies to specify it:

customDependencies: - name: ".babelrc JSON Schema (.babelrc-schema.json)" version: "JSON schema for Babel 6+ configuration files" licenses: - key: "Apache-2.0" url: "https://github.com/SchemaStore/schemastore/blob/master/LICENSE"

Configure quick-fixes

Using the fixesStrategy option, you can choose among the available quick-fix strategies:

fixesStrategy: cleanup/apply

Configure the taint analysis

In the qodana.yaml file, include the PhpVulnerablePathsInspection inspection into the analysis scope:

include: - name: PhpVulnerablePathsInspection

Alternatively, you can use the inspections section of qodana.yaml:

inspections: - inspection: PhpVulnerablePathsInspection enabled: true

Configure the vulnerability checker

To start using the Vulnerability checker feature, enable the VulnerableLibrariesGlobal inspection:

include: - name: VulnerableLibrariesGlobal

Manage plugins

You can specify the plugins that will be downloaded and invoked during inspection.

plugins: - id: <plugin.id>

Here, <plugin-id> denotes the plugin ID from JetBrains Marketplace. For example, for Grazie Professional the Plugin ID will be com.intellij.grazie.pro.

Plugin cache is stored in the /data/cache/plugins directory.

To install third-party software required for your plugins, you can:

  • Use the bootstrap option

  • Develop your custom Dockerfile that starts with FROM jetbrains/qodana.... You can use Qodana Dockerfile examples available on GitHub.

Last modified: 28 November 2023