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We performed a comparison between CAST Highlight and SonarQube based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Software Composition Analysis (SCA) solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed CAST Highlight vs. SonarQube Report (Updated: September 2022).
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"The most valuable features of the CAST Highlight are the interface and there are three notations that are very simple to understand and communicate with.""CAST Highlight is easy to use and has a good dashboard.""It offers good performance.""The most valuable features of CAST Highlight are automation and speed.""The way it tells you which codebase is more ready for the cloud and which codebase is less ready is very valuable. It works seamlessly with most languages."

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"It's a great product. If you are in a hurry and just want to focus on the functional requirements of any kind of project, SonarQube is highly helpful. It enables the developers to code securely. SonarQube has a Community edition, which is open source and free. There are also three proprietary or paid versions: Enterprise edition, Data Center edition, and Developer edition.""Issue Explanations: Documentation with detailed samples. Helps in growing technical knowledge and re-writing logic to conforming solutions.""The stability is good.""If code coverage is a low number then that's of great value to me.""I like the by-default policies that are they, as they seem to cover most of what I need.""This has improved our organization because it has helped to find Security Vulnerabilities.""The most valuable features are the segregation containment and the suspension of product services.""The integrations SonarQube provides with our software delivery pipeline are very seamless."

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"Its price should be better. It is a pretty costly tool. They have two products: CAST Highlight and CAST AIP. I would expect CAST Highlight to have the Help dashboard and the Engineering dashboard. These dashboards are currently a part of CAST AIP, and if these are made available in CAST Highlight, customers won't have to use two different products all the time.""The ease of configuration and customization could be improved in CAST Highlight.""There's a bit of a learning curve at the outset.""CAST Highlight could improve to allow us to comment and do a deep analysis by ourselves.""The reports that describe the issues of concern are rather abstract and the issues should be more clearly described to the user."

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"Ease of use/interface.""During the setup process, we only had one issue related to the number of available files. To perform the analysis, you have quite a lot of available file handles, so we had to increase that limit.""We previously experienced issues with security but a segregated security violation has been implemented and the issues we experienced are being fixed.""Dynamic scanning is missing and there are some issues with security scanning.""The interface could be a little better and should be enhanced.""The product must improve security analysis.""I am not very pleased with the technical debt computation.""The handling of the contents of Docker container images could be better."

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  • "CAST Highlight is an expensive solution. However, CAST Highlight is less expensive than the CAST AIP, but it remains too expensive and the professional services from CAST are also too expensive. The high price is part of the problem with the CAST solutions."
  • "It is a pretty costly tool. A lot of customers are resistant to using it."
  • "Basic support is included with the standard licensing feed but it can be upgraded for an additional cost."
  • "CAST Highlight is an expensive solution."
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  • "This is open source."
  • "We did not purchase a license (required for C++ support), but this option was considered."
  • "Get the paid version which allows the customized dashboard and provides technical support."
  • "People can try the free licenses and later can seek buying plugins/support, etc. once they started liking it."
  • "This product is open source and very convenient."
  • "The licence is standard open source licensing"
  • "The price point on SonarQube is good."
  • "Some of the plugins that were previously free are not free now."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The most valuable features of CAST Highlight are automation and speed.
    Top Answer:CAST Highlight is an expensive solution. On a scale from one to ten, where one is cheap, and ten is expensive, I rate the solution's pricing an eight or nine out of ten.
    Top Answer:The ease of configuration and customization could be improved in CAST Highlight.
    Top Answer:I am not very familiar with SonarQube and their solutions, so I can not answer But if you are asking me about which tools that are the best for for Static Code Analysis, I suggest you have  a look… more »
    Top Answer:SonarQube is easy to deploy and configure, and also integrates well with other tools to do quality code analysis. SonarQube has a great community edition, which is open-source and free. Easy to use… more »
    Top Answer:We researched Coverity, but in the end, we chose SonarQube. SonarQube is a tool for reviewing code quality and security. It helps to guide our development teams during code reviews by providing… more »
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    CAST Highlight is a SaaS software intelligence product for performing rapid application portfolio analysis. It automatically analyzes source code of hundreds of applications in a week for Cloud Readiness, Software Composition Analysis (Open Source risks), Resiliency, and Technical Debt. Objective software insights from automated source code analysis combined with built-in qualitative surveys for business context enable more informed decision-making about application portfolios.

    CAST is the software intelligence category leader. CAST technology can see inside custom applications with MRI-like precision, automatically generating intelligence about their inner workings - composition, architecture, transaction flows, cloud readiness, structural flaws, legal and security risks. It’s becoming essential for faster modernization for cloud, raising the speed and efficiency of Software Engineering, better open source risk control, and accurate technical due diligence. CAST operates globally with offices in North America, Europe, India, China. Visit

    SonarQube is a self-managed open-source platform that helps developers create code devoid of quality and vulnerability issues. By integrating seamlessly with the top DevOps platforms in the Continuous Integration (CI) pipeline, SonarQube continuously inspects projects across multiple programming languages, providing immediate status feedback while coding. SonarQube’s quality gates become part of your release pipeline, displaying pass/fail results for new code based on quality profiles you customize to your company standards. Following Sonar’s Clean as You Code methodology guarantees that only software of the highest quality makes it to production.

    At its core, SonarQube includes a static code analyzer that identifies bugs, security vulnerabilities, hidden secrets, and code smells. The platform guides you through issue resolution, fostering a culture of continuous improvement. SonarQube’s comprehensive reporting is a valuable tool for dev teams to monitor their codebase's overall health and quality across multiple projects in their portfolio. With SonarQube, you can achieve a state of Clean Code, leading to secure, reliable, and maintainable software.

    Sonar is the only solution combining the power of industry-leading software quality analysis with static application security testing (SAST) and real-time coding guidance in the IDE (with SonarLint) to meet the DevOps and DevSecOps demand of putting agility, automation, and security in the hands of developers. Further accelerate DevOps continuous integration by helping developers find and fix issues in code before the software testing stage, reducing the churn of finding, fixing, rebuilding, and retesting your app.

    With over 5,000 Clean Code rules, SonarQube analyzes 30+ of the most popular programming languages, including dozens of frameworks, the top DevOps platforms (GitLab, GitHub, Azure DevOps, and Bitbucket, and more), and the leading infrastructure as code (IaC) platforms.

    SonarQube is the most trusted static code analyzer used by over 7 million developers and 400,000 organizations globally to clean over half a trillion lines of code.

    Sample Customers
    Wells Fargo, Bank of NY Mellon, Northern Trust, Microsoft, Amazon, IBM, BMW, AT&T, US Army, US Air Force, US Navy, John Hancock, Marsh & McLennan, Ernst & Young, PwC, Volkswagen, Boston Consulting Group, London Stock Exchange, Telefonica, Saur France, Total Energies France, SNCF
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm19%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Insurance Company10%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Computer Software Company30%
    Financial Services Firm20%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Financial Services Firm17%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Manufacturing Company12%
    Company Size
    Small Business12%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise74%
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise59%
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise70%
    Buyer's Guide
    CAST Highlight vs. SonarQube
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about CAST Highlight vs. SonarQube and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
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    CAST Highlight is ranked 10th in Software Composition Analysis (SCA) with 5 reviews while SonarQube is ranked 1st in Application Security Tools with 111 reviews. CAST Highlight is rated 7.8, while SonarQube is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of CAST Highlight writes "Easy to set up with optimized and automated insights". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SonarQube writes "Easy to integrate and has a plug-in that supports both C and C++ languages". CAST Highlight is most compared with Snyk, Veracode, Checkmarx One, Black Duck and GitLab, whereas SonarQube is most compared with Checkmarx One, SonarCloud, Coverity, Veracode and CodeSonar. See our CAST Highlight vs. SonarQube report.

    We monitor all Software Composition Analysis (SCA) reviews to prevent fraudulent reviews and keep review quality high. We do not post reviews by company employees or direct competitors. We validate each review for authenticity via cross-reference with LinkedIn, and personal follow-up with the reviewer when necessary.