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Setting up Local Scanner in self-managed GitLab project
Setting up Local Scanner in self-managed GitLab project
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Written by Sander Keymeulen
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The Aikido Security Local Scanner is a tool that enables you to perform Aikido Security scans within your environment, ensuring your code never leaves your premises. The scans take place locally, and the results are then uploaded to the Aikido Security platform. This setup allows easy integration of the Local Scanner into your GitLab project for reporting purposes. The scanner cannot be used to perform gating on merge requests.

How to set up Local Scanning

Prerequisite: make sure to have created an account that allows for Local Scanning. More information on creating a Local Scanning Account.

1. Get your authentication token

  1. Generate an authentication token and copy. Note that you will only be able to view this token once.

  2. Add this token as argument --apikey when running the Local Scanner in your project .

2. Running the Local Scanner

Make sure that the local scanner is only triggered for your default branch. By default, Aikido supports scanning one branch in your repository for dependency and code issues, typically the main or master branch. Therefore, we recommend running the local scanner exclusively on that branch to avoid mixing scan results on the Aikido platform. You can specify this in the rules section of your workflow file.

Using Docker

The easiest way to use our local scanner in your Gitlab pipelines is by using our Docker image.

Example .gitlab-ci.yml:

default:
image:
name: aikidosecurity/local-scanner:v1.0.15
entrypoint: [""]

run_aikido_selfscanner:
script:
- aikido-local-scanner scan ./ --apikey AIK_CI_xxx --repositoryname DemoApp --branchname main
rules:
- if: $CI_COMMIT_BRANCH == "main"

Specify your preferred branch using the --branchname option when executing the command.

If this is the first scan for this repository, Aikido will create a repository with the name you specified, containing all the scanning results. Subsequent scan results will be collected under this repository name in Aikido.

By default all scanners will be executed, if you'd like to run only a selection of scanners, you can do so by supplying the scanner names --scanners option. More information on CLI options can be found here.

3. Check your scanning results

After your first scan is done, you can go to the Aikido Feed to check out your results. A repository with the name you specified will have been created, containing all results from the scanning.

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