Compare SonarQube vs. Veracode

SonarQube is ranked 2nd in Application Security with 18 reviews while Veracode which is ranked 1st in Application Security with 43 reviews. SonarQube is rated 7.6, while Veracode is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of SonarQube writes "Great birds-eye view dashboard with detailed code metrics in the drill-down". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Veracode writes "Enables us to automatically submit each new build for scanning and get results directly into our JIRA". SonarQube is most compared with Veracode, Checkmarx and Micro Focus Fortify on Demand, whereas Veracode is most compared with SonarQube, Micro Focus Fortify on Demand and Checkmarx. See our SonarQube vs. Veracode report.
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The most valuable features are the dashboard reports and the ease of integrating it with Jenkins.Strong code evaluation for budget-minded clients.If code coverage is a low number then that's of great value to me.SonarQube is good for checking and maintaining code quality.Using SonarQube has helped us to identify areas of technical debt to work on, resulting in better code, fewer vulnerabilities, and fewer bugs.We advise all of our developers to have this solution in place.If you want to have your code scanned and timed then this is a good tool.We have the software metrics that SonarQube gives us, which is something we did not have before. This helps us work towards aiming coding standards to empower us to move in the direction of better code quality. SonarQube provides targets and metrics for that.

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We used it for performing security checks. We have many Java applications and Android applications. Essentially it was used for checking the security validations for compliance purposes.I have used this solution in multiple projects for vulnerability testing and finding security leaks within the code.The most valuable feature comes from the fact that it is cloud-based, and I can scale up without having to worry about any other infrastructure needs.We are using the Veracode tools to expose the engineers to the security vulnerabilities that were introduced with the new features, i.e. a lot faster or sooner in the development life cycle.One of the valuable features is that it gives us the option of static scanning. Most tools of this type are centered around dynamic scanning. Having a static scan is very important.It has an easy-to-use interface.Veracode provides faster scans compared to other static analysis security testing tools.It has almost completely eliminated the presence of SQLi vulnerabilities.

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Although it has Sonar built into it, it is still lacking. Customization features of identifying a particular attack still need to be worked on. To give you an example: if we want to scan and do a false positive analysis, those types of features are missing. If we want to rescan something from a particular point that is a feature that is also missing. It’s in our queue. That will hopefully save a lot of time.Expression of common vulnerabilities and exposures is not always current.I don't believe you can have metrics of code quality based upon code analysis. I don't think it's possible for a computer to do it.I would like to see more options for security, beyond the basics like SQL injection.The solution is a bit lacking on the security side, in terms of finding and identifying vulnerabilities.I would like to see dynamic code analysis in the next version of the software.The reporting is good, but I am not able to download a specific report as a PDF, so downloading reports is something that should be looked at.We've been using the Community Edition, which means that we get to use it at our leisure, and they're kind enough to literally give it to us. However, it takes a fair amount of effort to figure out how to get everything up and running. Since we didn't go with the professional paid version, we're not entitled to support. Of course that could be self-correcting if we were to make the step to buy into this and really use it. Then their technical support would be available to us to make strides for using it better.

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One of the things that we have from a reporting point of view, is that we would love to see a graphical report. If you look through a report for something that has come back from Veracode, it takes a whole lot of time to just go through all the pages of the code to figure out exactly what it says. We know certain areas don’t have the greatest security features but those are usually minor and we don’t want to see those types of notifications.Ideally, I would like better reporting that gives me a more concise and accurate description of what my pain points are, and how to get to them.I would like to see expanded coverage for supporting more platforms, frameworks, and languages.Veracode should make it easier to navigate between the solutions that they offer, i.e. between dynamic, static, and the source code analysis.We would like a way to mark entire modules as "safe." The lack of this feature hasn't stopped us previously, it just makes our task more tedious at times. That kind of feature would save us time.Veracode scans provide a higher number of false positives.The overall reporting structure is complicated, and it's difficult to understand the report.It needs more timely support for newer languages and framework versions.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
A low cost long-term solution for non-critical situations.We are using the free, unlicensed version.The costs for this application, for the kind of job it does, are pretty decent.We're using their free Community Edition version.Some of the plugins that were previously free are not free now.The price point on SonarQube is good.The licence is standard open source licensingThis product is open source and very convenient.

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They have just streamlined the licensing and they have a number of flexible options available, so overall it is quite good, albeit pricey.They just changed their pricing model two weeks ago. They went from a per-app license to a per-megabyte license. I know that the dynamic scan was $500 per app. Static analysis was about $4500 yearly. The license is only for the number of users, it doesn't matter what data you put in there. That was the old model. I do not know how the new model works.Veracode has been fair. We use their SaaS solution and it's just an annual subscription.No issues, the pricing seems reasonable.It is pricey. There is a lot of value in the product, but it is a costly tool.I recommend going for a one-year licensing with CA, because currently they are the leaders in this field with more features and a much better turn around time with a cheaper position, but there are a lot of new companies coming up in the market and they are building up their platforms.Costs are reasonable. No special infrastructure is required and the license model is good.I think the pricing is in line with the rest of the tools. I think you get what you pay for. It is certainly not inexpensive, but the value proposition is there. There are certainly cheaper tools, but I don't think we'd be getting the support that we get with those, and that is what separates this product from the others.

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Rambabu KanugulaUser

Both tools are important and meant for different purpose. Sonarcube for code quality and veracode for static, dynamic and third party code analysis which is specific to understand security flaws

27 February 18
Ramesh KaranamReal User

I didn't get an opportunity to work on Veracode.

However I would like put my thoughts on SonarCube

a.) It is very to easy ingrate with multiple open source configuration tools like Jenkins
b) It is collaboration with Microsoft and SonarQube and Microsoft integration is much easier and should be able to all Code analysis based configured rules from TFS build / even from Visual Studio IDE.
c.) There are plug-ins available from SonarQube, once you install them, user can able to see Sonar results on Visual studio IDE for that project
d.) supports multiple language static code analysis like c#, java, angular, SQL etc.
e.) option to create our user management and provided access rights based on user role.
f.) Its Dashboard representation is very good and also lots of options to customize dashboard
h.) Easy installation
I.) Easy navigation to source code (or even particular code part) based on code analysis error.

23 February 18
John PackUser

They are used for two different purposes. If your preference is Software/Application Security then Veracode or Fortify or Checkmarx can be evaluated based on the programming language and issue coverage, also integration and usability options. If your preference is code quality then SonarQube or CAST can be evaluated based on your requirement or wish list.

Keep in mind, one (quality) can not replace another one (software) so decide based on your needs.

Good luck!

22 February 18
Principal Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employeesConsultant

You need to have clarity on what is your expectation from the vendor. Sonarqube is good for code quality and easy integration with build cycle. Veracode is good for SAST, recently DAST with reduced false positives. Has some complexity in SDLC integration.

22 February 18
Arthur HickenVendor

Or if you want to do both quality and security in one SAST tool, Parasoft C/C++test and Jtest can do both.

14 August 18
User at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employeesVendor
23 February 18
Vikrant VimalUser

Veracode can be used for OWASP security but SonarQube can suggest you to avoid writing vulnerable code .it can give the path to write stander code.

23 February 18
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SonarQube is the central place to manage code quality, offering visual reporting on and across projects and enabling to replay the past to follow metrics evolution

Veracode is an application security company that offers an automated cloud-based service for securing web, mobile and third-party enterprise applications. Veracode provides multiple security analysis technologies on a single platform, including static analysis, dynamic analysis, mobile application behavioral analysis and software composition analysis.

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Bank of America, Siemens, Cognizant, Thales, Cisco, eBayState of Missouri, Rekner
Top Industries
Financial Services Firm42%
Healthcare Company8%
Comms Service Provider8%
Financial Services Firm27%
Pharma/Biotech Company9%
Comms Service Provider9%
Financial Services Firm36%
Insurance Company18%
Consumer Goods9%
Pharma/Biotech Company5%
Financial Services Firm31%
Healthcare Company10%
Software R&D Company9%
Comms Service Provider8%
Company Size
Small Business25%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise54%
Small Business17%
Midsize Enterprise1%
Large Enterprise82%
Small Business23%
Midsize Enterprise26%
Large Enterprise51%
Small Business12%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise73%
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