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Original author(s) Daniel Marjamäki
Initial release May 8, 2007; 10 years ago (2007-05-08)
Stable release
1.81 / 7 October 2017; 2 months ago (2017-10-07)[1]
Repository http://github.com/danmar/cppcheck.git, git://github.com/danmar/cppcheck.git
Development status Active
Written in C++
Operating system Cross-platform
Available in English, Dutch, Finnish, Swedish, German, Russian, Polish, Japanese, Serbian
Type Static code analysis
License GNU General Public License
Website cppcheck.sourceforge.net

Cppcheck is a static code analysis tool for the C and C++ programming languages. It is a versatile tool that can check non-standard code.[2] The creator and lead developer is Daniel Marjamäki.

Cppcheck is free software under the GNU General Public License.


Cppcheck supports a wide variety of static checks that may not be covered by the compiler itself. These checks are static analysis checks that can be performed at a source code level. The program is directed towards static analysis checks that are rigorous, rather than heuristic in nature.

Some of the checks that are supported include:

As with many analysis programs, there are many unusual cases of programming idioms which may be acceptable in particular target cases, or outside of the programmer's scope for source code correction. A study conducted in March 2009 identified several areas where false positives were found by cppcheck, but did not specify the program version examined.[4] Cppcheck has been identified for use in systems such as CERNs 4DSOFT meta analysis package,[5] for code verification in high energy particle detector readout devices,[6] system monitoring software for radio telescopes[7] as well as in error analysis of large projects, such as OpenOffice.org[8] and the Debian archive.[9]


The project is actively under development[10] and is actively maintained in different distributions.[11][12] It has found valid bugs in a number of popular projects[13] such as the Linux kernel and MPlayer.[14]


Plugins for the following IDEs exist[15]

Visual Studio integration[edit]

The commercial third-party Add-In Visual Lint by British company Riverblade can be used to integrate CppCheck in Visual Studio.[26] There is also an open source plugin cppcheck-vs-addin[27] available. It is also possible to add Cppcheck as an external tool.[28]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Releases - danmar/cppcheck". Retrieved 2 August 2017 – via GitHub. 
  2. ^ "A Survey of C and C++ Software Tools for Computational Science" (PDF). Science and Technologies Facility Council. Chilbolton, Daresbury, and Rutherford Appleton Laboratories. December 2009. p. 14. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 March 2012. Retrieved 14 September 2010. 
  3. ^ http://www.opengroup.org/onlinepubs/9699919799/xrat/V4_xsh_chap03.html
  4. ^ "Static Code Analysis For Embedded Systems" (PDF). 
  5. ^ "Dissemination and use of knowledge plan (EU Deliverable DNA2.11" (PDF). 2010. 
  6. ^ "Entwurf und Implementierung eines adaptiven, strahlentoleranten eingebetteten Systems am Beispiel eines Read-Out-Controllers (En: Development and implementation of an adaptive, radiation tolerant embedded system for operation of a Read-Out controller)" (PDF). 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-03-11. 
  7. ^ "The Wettzell System Monitoring Concept and First Realizations" (PDF). International VLBI Service for Geodesy & Astrometry. 2010. p. 447. 
  8. ^ "Hunting for vulnerabilities in large software : the OpenOffice suite" (PDF). 
  9. ^ "Introducing the "Debian's Automated Code Analysis" (DACA) project". LWN.net. 
  10. ^ Cppcheck on Github
  11. ^ Cppcheck on Debian's Package Tracking System
  12. ^ FreeBSD port
  13. ^ "List of user reported bugs found by cppcheck". 
  14. ^ "Found Bugs list". SourceForge. Archived from the original on 2013-10-14. 
  15. ^ "SourceForge.net: cppcheck". sourceforge.net. 
  16. ^ "cppcheck plugin for CLion". plugins.jetbrains.com. 
  17. ^ "Cppcheclipse". googlecode.com. 
  18. ^ "Flycheck". github.com. 
  19. ^ "gedit Cppcheck plugin". github.com. 
  20. ^ "Cppcheck Plugin". hudson-ci.org. 
  21. ^ "Cppcheck Plugin". jenkins-ci.org. 
  22. ^ "Sublimelinter plugin". github.com. 
  23. ^ "Yasca". scovetta.com. 
  24. ^ Funk, Kevin (2016-12-06). "KDevelop's Cppcheck plugin merged into kdevelop.git, will be released with 5.1". Retrieved 2016-12-14. 
  25. ^ Cullmann, Christoph (2013-02-02). "Kate Project Plugin News – Code Analysis". Kate | Get an Edge in Editing. Retrieved 2016-12-14. 
  26. ^ Riverblade. "Visual Lint homepage". Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  27. ^ VioletGiraffe. "Homepage cppcheck-vs-addin". Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  28. ^ Srix. "Simple open source static analysis tool for Visual Studio". Archived from the original on 2015-02-10. Retrieved 27 August 2012. 

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