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Configure a Profile via qodana.yaml

Qodana runs are configured via the qodana.yaml configuration file. Information stored in qodana.yaml overrides 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. 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 necessary settings.

Set up a profile

Out of the box, Qodana provides several predefined profiles:

  • qodana.recommended  — the default profile containing a preselected set of IntelliJ IDEA Java and Kotlin inspections.

  • empty  — an empty profile containing no inspections, which can be used as a basis for manual configuration.

You can specify other profiles available in the respective IntelliJ Platform IDE for your source project. If you are using a CI system, make sure that the .xml file with this profile is in the working directory where the VCS stores your project before building it. The IntelliJ IDEA profiles for embedding into Qodana Docker images are hosted in the qodana-profiles GitHub repository.

Set up a profile by the name:

profile: name: %name%

Set up a profile by the path:

profile: path: relative/path/in/your/project.xml

Exclude paths from the analysis scope

You can specify that the files in a certain directory are not analyzed. This can be done for a certain inspection or for all inspections.

For all inspections:

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

For inspections specified by the ID:

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

If an inspection is not contained in the selected profile, you can include it into the analysis scope explicitly via the include directive.

profile: name: empty include: - name: SomeInspectionId

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

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. Can be used to make the CI step fail. The default value is 10000.

An example with 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, 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

Clone Finder license overrides

You need license overrides when you want to stop seeing warnings about certain mismatched licenses in Clone Finder's reports. For example, Clone Finder's default license compatibility matrix specifies that a queried project with the GPL-3.0-only license may not use code from projects with the ISC license. That's why Qodana Clone Finder will show a warning for duplicate code fragments with such mismatched licenses. However, if your legal advisor says it is OK, you can specify to ignore warnings for this specific license in reference projects. You can do so in the HTML report via the Problem explorer or directly in qodana.yaml as shown in the example below.

version: 1.0 profile: name: qodana.recommended inspections: CloneFinder: failThreshold: 100 licenseRules: - source: GPL-3.0-only target: ISC compatible: true exclude: - name: CloneFinder paths: - copied_file_2.py

In the example above, using code from ISC reference projects (target) is allowed in the GPL-3.0-only queried project (source ), although this combination is listed as incompatible, for example, in choosealicense.com/appendix/.

License Audit configuration

Use license identifiers from the SPDX License List.

Exclude an inspection

By default, Qodana License Audit includes all supported inspections.

Exclude inspections from the analysis:

version: 1.0 profile: name: qodana.recommended exclude: - name: NoDependencyLicenses - name: ProhibitedDependencyLicense - name: UncategorizedDependencyLicense - name: UnrecognizedDependencyLicense - name: UnrecognizedProjectLicense

Allow or prohibit a license

Override the predefined licence compatibility matrix:

inspections: LicenseAudit: rules: - key: - "PROPRIETARY-LICENSE" - "MIT" prohibited: - "Apache-2.0" allowed: - "MIT" - "BSD-3-Clause" - "ISC" - key: "Apache-2.0" prohibited: - "MIT"

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

Override a dependency license

Override a dependency license ID if it has been detected incorrectly:

inspections: LicenseAudit: dependencyOverrides: - name: "numpy" version: "1.19.1" licenses: - "BSD-3-Clause"

where name is the dependency name, version is the dependency version, and licenses  — the redefined dependency license(s).

In the example above, you 'tell' License Audit to detect BSD-3-Clause and no other licenses for numpy (only 1.19.1).

Ignore a dependency license

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

inspections: LicenseAudit: dependencyIgnores: - name: "enry" licenses: - "UNKNOWN" - name: "numpy" licenses: - "GPL-3.0-only"

where name is the dependency name, licenses  — the list of dependency licenses ignored for the specified dependency.

In the example above, in the analyzed project, the dependency numpy, version 1.19.1 has the GPL-3.0 license (which is supposedly prohibited for this project) and the license for enry (0.1.1) is not recognized. The problems with these dependencies will be ignored in the reports, and you won't see the prohibited and unrecognized license problems you've seen before.

Monorepo support

By default, Qodana License Audit looks for package manager manifests on the given project root. If you have applications with different package managers declared in subdirectories, use paths to specify such subdirectories relative to your project root.

inspections: LicenseAudit: paths: - "." - "ui/"

If you want to scan both specific paths for package manager manifests and the root of your project, include . to the list of paths (for root).

Dependency scopes


By default, Qodana License Audit runs Gradle with runtime and runtimeClasspath configurations. You can specify the wanted Gradle configurations in dependencyScopes section.

inspections: LicenseAudit: dependencyScopes: - type: "gradle" scopes: - "runtime"

npm, yarn

By default, npm or yarn exclude all non-development dependencies. To include development or test dependencies, put all to the configuration.

inspections: LicenseAudit: dependencyScopes: - type: "yarn" scopes: - "all"

Other package managers supported do not allow specifying the scopes.

Detector options

Default detector options:

inspections: LicenseAudit: detectorOptions: threshold: 0.8 includeText: true deep: false


  • threshold is the license detection threshold value from 0.0 to 1.0

  • includeText specifies whether to add the license text by which the license ID was recognized to the report or not

  • deep specifies whether to run a deep license detection: check every file and always detect licenses from dependencies, even when they were declared on the package level

An example with different License Audit overrides

failThreshold: 100 profile: name: qodana.recommended inspections: LicenseAudit: rules: - key: - "PROPRIETARY-LICENSE" prohibited: - "Apache-2.0" allowed: - "BSD-3-Clause" dependencyIgnores: - name: "numpy" licenses: - "GPL-3.0-only" dependencyScopes: - type: "gradle" scopes: - "runtime"

Last modified: 13 July 2021