What is the difference between Coverity and SonarQube?

I'm currently researching the following two application security tools: Coverity and SonarQube.

Can anyone point me out to main differences between these 2 products?

Thanks for your help!

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Navcharan Singh - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Seo Executive at Ace Cloud Hosting
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Feb 28, 2023

Coverity and SonarQube are both popular static analysis tools used for detecting software defects. Static analysis is a form of cybersecurity that can be used to prevent malicious code from entering a system or application, making it an important component of any security program.

The main difference between Coverity and SonarQube is in their approach to identifying potential defects. Coverity has been designed as a code testing tool, meaning that it focuses on analyzing code line by line for potential issues such as syntax errors, memory leaks, bugs, and more. It also allows the user to manually select specific lines of code or entire functions to analyze deeper. Compared with Coverity, SonarQubes is geared more towards application-level testing with its ability to quickly detect architectural risks or security vulnerabilities in applications without having to browse through each line of source code.

Additionally, while both tools have versions available as SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) solutions hosted by their respective companies either in the cloud or on customer premises; only Coverity offers an API (Application Programming Interface) based option allowing developers greater flexibility when integrating into existing pipelines and development plans.

Finally, there’s cost: Both services offer free trial periods but after that short period passes you'll need to purchase one of the commercial packages offered by each company for continued usage depending on your company's needs - Cost can range from hundreds up into thousands per month depending on how much coverage you choose for your organization’s applications/systems and frequency of scans/tests desired during development cycles. It’s best practice when evaluating these services to check out independent reviews online beforehand so you know exactly what bang you're getting for your buck before committing any money upfront - saving yourself time & money down the road!

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Hi Joe - SonarQube is essentially a static code quality tool and has multiple versions (community is free and then we have developer, enterprise, and data center versions which are paid). As per the latest branding from CAST, they don't market AIP as a separate product and are bundled with CAST Imaging. CAST AIP is used to onboard the code base and perform analysis and the actual products are Imaging for architecture analysis and health, engineering, and security dashboards. The dashboards in CAST are richer and have more security features compared to SonarQube. Also, CAST does not have any free community version available. Both of them do static code analysis and do not look at run time code.
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Hello peers,  I work for a large tech services company. I am currently researching Application Security Tools. Which software is ideal for code quality and security? Are SonarQube and Snyk a good choice? Are there any better alternatives? Thank you for your help.
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Hi Tej, as per my experience, SonarQube provides a better understanding of the code, it gives you a detailed analysis of the code up to the line level. It finds vulnerabilities in the code and runs test cases for you (if you add them). Also, you can customize the quality gate rules to define the parameters your code should pass like reliability, repetition of lines, etc. On the other hand, Snyk offers you an overview of the tools you are using, or the APIs you are using inside the code and gives vulnerability notifications and fixes. SonarQube doesn't fix or doesn't give any suggestions but Snyk will give you suggestions on which version of that dependency should be used and why. I have integrated both Snyk and SonarQube as both are open source up to a certain level. 
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Hi Tej, you should also check out CAST (castsoftware.com). Their kit does a very thorough analysis that may be a good option depending on the complexity of your codebase. 
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