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Codacy Analysis CLI

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Command line interface to execute Codacy code analysis locally.

With a single command you can:

  • Get static code analysis issues, complexity, duplication and other code metrics
  • Run a tool or the whole suite of supported tools by Codacy
  • Use the tools' default patterns, your configuration files or your settings saved on Codacy



  • Java 8+
  • Docker 17.09+


  • Java 8+
  • SBT 1.1.x
  • Scala 2.12.x
  • Docker 17.09+



brew tap codacy/tap
brew install codacy-analysis-cli



Docker Configuration

Once the pre-requisites are met, it’s time to enable the connectivity between bash and docker.

It’s mandatory that the daemon is exposed without LTS. In order to do that go to Docker Settings -> General. Just click on the checkbox with the label 'Expose daemon on tcp://localhost:2375 without TLS' and docker will reload.

Preparing docker client on bash

Now it’s time to go to the bash and install and configure the docker client.

If you are using Windows 10 (build above 1803) the following command will make the docker client available from the bash sudo ln -s "/mnt/c/Program Files/Docker/Docker/resources/bin/docker.exe" /usr/local/bin/docker

If you are using a previous version of Windows 10, here you can find a very easy tutorial to follow.

Since you’ll be using the WSL, the variable DOCKER_HOST needs to be configured to tcp://, in order to do that just type the following command on the bash

export DOCKER_HOST=tcp://

It’s also possible to add this variable to your .bashrc or .bash_profile files so that the variable is always ready when you start the bash

echo "export DOCKER_HOST=tcp://" >> ~/.bash_profile

echo "export DOCKER_HOST=tcp://" >> ~/.bashrc

Installing codacy-analysis-cli

At this point, codacy-analysis-cli is ready to be installed.

In bash, go to the folder you want to download the tool into and type the following commands:

sudo apt-get install make

curl -L | tar xvz

cd codacy-analysis-cli-*

Once again, due to the use of the WSL, it’s mandatory to add the two highlighted lines to the Makefile in this directory.

Before the test section:

export DOCKER_HOST=tcp://

and, in the install, section:

docker login

Finally, just type the following command and the installation will start

sudo make install

When Docker’s username is required, be sure to write the username and not the e-mail because depending on how you’ve created your docker account, they might be different.


curl -L | tar xvz
cd codacy-analysis-cli-* && sudo make install



codacy-analysis-cli analyze \
  --tool <TOOL-SHORT-NAME> \
  --directory <SOURCE-CODE-PATH>


java -jar codacy-analysis-cli-assembly-{VERSION}.jar analyze \
  --tool <TOOL-SHORT-NAME> \
  --directory <SOURCE-CODE-PATH> \
  # other options


sbt "codacyAnalysisCli/runMain com.codacy.analysis.cli.Main analyze --tool <TOOL-SHORT-NAME> --directory <SOURCE-CODE-PATH>"


docker run \
  --rm=true \
  --volume /var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock \
  --volume "$CODACY_CODE":"$CODACY_CODE" \
  --volume /tmp:/tmp \
  codacy/codacy-analysis-cli \
    analyze --tool <TOOL-SHORT-NAME>


The default format for the CLI output is text and is divided into 3 categories:


Issues reported by the tools that vary between 3 different levels (Error, Warning and Info). Example:

Found [Error] `Expected "#E1675A" to be "#e1675a" (color-hex-case)` in styles/variables.less:4 (Stylelint_color-hex-case)
Found [Warning] `'object short notation' is available in ES6 (use esnext option) or Mozilla JS extensions (use moz).` in scripts/main.js:28 (iterator)
Found [Info] `Missing semicolon.` in views/components/Progress.jsx:18 (asi)


The metrics data is printed for each file and contains 5 types of data:

  • LOC - Lines of Code
  • CLOC - Commented Lines of Code
  • CC - Cyclomatic Complexity
  • #methods - Number of methods
  • #classes - Number of classes


Found [Metrics] in generic/
  CC - 33
  LOC - 778
  CLOC - 864
  #methods - 3
  #classes - 1


Each clone found is printed with information about the total number of lines, number of tokens and all the occurrences (the lines where it starts and where it ends). Example:

Found [Clone] 7 duplicated lines with 10 tokens:
    l. 681 - 687
    l. 693 - 699
    l. 601 - 607
    l. 193 - 199

Exit Status Codes

  • 🎉 0: Success
  • 😵 1: Generic Error
  • 😴 2: Timeout
  • 😩 10: Failed Upload
  • 😕 11: Uncommited changes in project (with upload option selected)
  • 😮 12: The commit uuid passed by parameter does not match the current commit of the project's repository
  • 😠 13: Non-existent tool provided as input
  • 😰 100: Failed Analysis
  • 😦 101: Partially Failed Analysis
  • 👮 102: Max Allowed Issues Exceeded


Commands and Configuration

  • analyze - Run a Codacy analysis over a directory/files
    • --help - Displays all the configuration options, their meaning and possible values.
    • --verbose - Run the tool with verbose output
    • --tool - Choose the tool to analyze the code (e.g. brakeman)
    • --directory - Choose the directory to be analysed
    • --codacy-api-base-url or env.CODACY_API_BASE_URL - Change the Codacy installation API URL to retrieve the configuration (e.g. Enterprise installation)
    • --output - Send the output results to a file
    • --format [default: text] - Change the output format (e.g. json)
    • --commit-uuid [default: latest commit of current git branch] - Set the commit UUID that will receive the results on Codacy
    • --upload [default: false] - Request to push results to Codacy
    • --parallel [default: 2] - Number of tools to run in parallel
    • --max-allowed-issues [default: 0] - Maximum number of issues allowed for the analysis to succeed
    • --fail-if-incomplete [default: false] - Fail the analysis if any tool fails to run
    • --allow-network [default: false] - Allow network access, so tools that need it can execute (e.g. findbugs)
    • --force-file-permissions [default: false] - Force files to be readable by changing the permissions before running the analysis
    • --tool-timeout [default: 15minutes] - Maximum time each tool has to execute (e.g. 15minutes, 1hour)
    • --max-tool-memory [default: 3g] - Maximum of allowed memory for each tool execution (in bytes or using the notation of Docker's memory limit flags)
    • --tmp-directory [optional] - Temporary directory for analysis purposes
    • --gh-code-scanning-compat [default: false] - Reduce issue severity by one level, for non-security issues, for compatibility with GitHub's code scanning feature. This option will only have an effect when used in conjunction with --format sarif. Note that in this case, the same issues on Codacy side will have higher priority.
  • validate-configuration - Validate the Codacy configuration file
    • --directory - Choose the directory where to look for the Codacy configuration file

Environment Variables

  • CODACY_ANALYSIS_CLI_VERSION [default: stable] - Set an alternative version of the CLI to run. (e.g. latest, 0.1.0-alpha3.1350, ...)

Local configuration

To perform certain advanced configurations, Codacy allows to create a configuration file. Check our documentation for more details.

Remote configuration

To run locally the same analysis that Codacy does in your code you can request remotely the configuration.

Project Token

See how to generate a project token.

⚠️ Warning: For security reasons we recommend that you store your project API token in the environment variable CODACY_PROJECT_TOKEN instead of setting --project-token.

codacy-analysis-cli analyze \
  --project-token <PROJECT-TOKEN> \
  --tool <TOOL-SHORT-NAME> \
  --directory <SOURCE-CODE-PATH>

API Token

See how to generate an account API token.

⚠️ Warning: For security reasons we recommend that you store your account API token in the environment variable CODACY_API_TOKEN instead of setting --api-token.

The provider, username, and project name can be retrieved from the URL in Codacy.

codacy-analysis-cli analyze \
  --api-token <PROJECT-TOKEN> \
  --provider <PROVIDER> \
  --username <USERNAME> \
  --project <PROJECT-NAME> \
  --tool <TOOL-SHORT-NAME> \
  --directory <SOURCE-CODE-PATH>



  • Code

    Note: - Scapegoat runs during compile in Test, to disable it, set NO_SCAPEGOAT.

      sbt compile
  • Tests

      sbt test:compile


sbt test

Format Code

sbt scalafmtAll scalafmtSbt

Dependency Updates

sbt dependencyUpdates

Static Analysis

sbt scapegoat
sbt scalafix


sbt coverage test
sbt coverageReport
sbt coverageAggregate
sbt codacyCoverage


  • Local

      sbt 'set version in codacyAnalysisCli := "<VERSION>"' codacyAnalysisCli/docker:publishLocal
  • Release

      sbt 'set version in codacyAnalysisCli := "<VERSION>"' codacyAnalysisCli/docker:publish


  • Local

      sbt 'set version in codacyAnalysisCore := "<VERSION>"' codacyAnalysisCore/publishLocal
  • Release

      sbt 'set version in codacyAnalysisCore := "<VERSION>"' 'set pgpPassphrase := Some("<SONATYPE_GPG_PASSPHRASE>".toCharArray)' codacyAnalysisCore/publishSigned
      sbt 'set version in codacyAnalysisCore := "<VERSION>"' sonatypeRelease

Breaking Changes

  • 4.0.0 - Rename analyse command to analyze. This is a breaking change if you are running the CLI by using the jar or sbt, but not if you are using the provided script.

What is Codacy

Codacy is an Automated Code Review Tool that monitors your technical debt, helps you improve your code quality, teaches best practices to your developers, and helps you save time in Code Reviews.

Among Codacy’s features

  • Identify new Static Analysis issues
  • Commit and Pull Request Analysis with GitHub, BitBucket, GitLab (and also direct git repositories)
  • Auto-comments on Commits and Pull Requests
  • Integrations with Slack, Jira
  • Track issues in Code Style, Security, Error Proneness, Performance, Unused Code and other categories

Codacy also helps keep track of Code coverage, Code duplication, and Code complexity.

Codacy supports PHP, Python, Ruby, Java, JavaScript, and Scala, among others.

Free for Open Source

Codacy is free for Open Source projects.