Date posted: 07 Oct 2019, 1 minutes to read

SonarQube analysis on a Java project - fixing error 'Project was never analyzed'

Today I was configuring a SonarQube Analysis in Azure DevOps on a Java project. Following the documentation I still got this error:

[ERROR] Failed to execute goal org.sonarsource.scanner.maven:sonar-maven-plugin: (default-cli) on project 'prefix-project' Project was never analyzed. A regular analysis is required before a branch analysis -> [Help 1]

Given the error message says it is an error for the project prefix-project I guessed that the plugin wanted to link everything to a project with that key in SonarQube. Since I was creating this in a different Project Team, there might be an issue with the new service connection (those are tied to the team project). So to test, I created a project in SonarQube with the same key.

Running another build resulted in the same error. Running a build on the master branch, just to make sure it wasn’t related to a different branch and I need to run it first on on the master branch: same error.

Build Error

In the pom file I noticed that there was an extra groupId added:


Fixed project key

And running the build in debug mode showed that it was using that combination as a project key for the SonarQube project. So, changed the project key in SonarQube to use that: com.organizationname:prefix-project


Using that project key with the default tasks now works.

  1. Prepare step before running with Maven:
    Prepare before maven

  2. Update Maven build tasks to push to SonarQube:
    Prepare before maven