Publishing a .NET Core project to SonarCloud with Cake

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In this post I will show how to use Cake to build and test a .NET Core project and then publish the results to SonarCloud.


Cake (C# Make) is a cross-platform build automation system with a C# DSL for tasks such as compiling code, copying files and folders, running unit tests, compressing files and building NuGet packages.

SonarCloud is a cloud service offered by SonarSource and based on SonarQube. SonarQube is a widely adopted open source platform to inspect continuously the quality of source code and detect bugs, vulnerabilities and code smells.


Creating the build.cake

In project root folder, create a file called build.cake.

Adding the tools and addin references

Add the lines below to the file:

We’ll use those tools and addins to create the complete .cake script.

Setting the variables

Now we need to set some variables:


  • solutionDir: is the subfolder where your solution source code is located.
  • sonarLogin: Change the [SONARCLOUD-USER-TOKEN] for a token you can generate at the page
  • branch: if you are using git, then the GitBranchCurrent(".").FriendlyName will pass the right branch name to SonarCloud, otherwise you can set it manually.

If you are using AppVeyor you can use line bellow to allow discover the branch name locally and in the AppVeyor:

Build task

The first task definitions will build our .NET Core project:

Test task

Now we will define the task to run our tests:

This task use Coverlet to collect the code coverage. Install it on your test project using the Coverlet NuGet package:

install-package coverlet.msbuild

Sonar tasks

The lasts tasks to define are responsible to scan the project and send the build and tests results to SonarCloud:


  • Key: is your project key on SonarCloud. You can get it throw these steps on SonarCloud:
    • Select your project.
    • Open the menu Administration / Update Key
  • Organization: is the name of your organization on SonarCloud. If your projects page is, then your Organization value is YOUR-ORGANIZATION.
  • Exclusions: here you can define the wildcards to excluse some files fron Sonar scan, like sample, docs and test files.

Defining the tasks order

The last part of the build.cake file define the order that tasks will run:

Running the build.cake

Now, every time you want to build, test and publish the results to SonarCloud you need to type this command on your project root folder:




Open a powershell terminal:


When the build finish, you should see something like this:

Cake build

Then open your project on SonarCloud:

SonarCloud dashboard

That’s it, now your project is ready to using cake to publish results to SonarCloud.

Complete build.cake


If you are using git, you can add this lines to your .gitignore file:

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