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Logo FindBugs.png
Developer(s) Bill Pugh and David Hovemeyer
Stable release 3.0.1 / March 6, 2015 (2015-03-06)
Written in Java
Operating system Cross-platform
Type Static code analysis
License Lesser GNU General Public License

FindBugs is an open source program created by Bill Pugh and David Hovemeyer which looks for bugs in Java code.[1][2] It uses static analysis[1][3] to identify hundreds of different potential types of errors[1] in Java programs. Potential errors are classified in four ranks: (i) scariest, (ii) scary, (iii) troubling and (iv) of concern. This is a hint to the developer about their possible impact or severity.[4] FindBugs operates on Java bytecode,[3] rather than source code. The software is distributed as a stand-alone GUI application. There are also plug-ins available for Eclipse,[5] NetBeans,[6] IntelliJ IDEA,[7][8][9] Gradle, Hudson[10] and Jenkins.[11]

Additional rules sets can be plugged in FindBugs to increase the set of checks performed.[12]

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  1. ^ a b c FindBugs, Part 1: Improve the quality of your code
  2. ^ FindBugs, Part 2: Writing custom detectors
  3. ^ a b Static Code Analysis
  4. ^ Markus, Sprunck. "Findbugs - Static Code Analysis of Java". Retrieved April 24, 2013. 
  5. ^ Eclipse plug-in (for Eclipse 3.6 and onwards)
  6. ^ NetBeans plug-in (from 7.2 onwards)
  7. ^ idea-findbugs plug-in
  8. ^ FindBugs-IDEA - The FindBugs Plugin for IntelliJ IDEA
  9. ^ QAPlug-FindBugs plug-in
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  11. ^
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