List of tools for static code analysis

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This is a list of tools for static code analysis.



  • Apache Yetus – A collection of build and release tools. Included is the 'precommit' module that is used to execute full and partial/patch CI builds that provides static analysis of code via other open source tools as part of a configurable report. Built-in support for C, C++, Java, Perl, Python, Ruby, Shell, and XML. May be extended via a plug-in framework.
  • Axivion Bauhaus Suite – A static code analysis tool suite for Ada, C, C++, C#, and Java code that performs various analyses such as architecture checking, interface analyses, MISRA checking, and clone detection.
  • CAST Application Intelligence Platform by CAST – Detailed, audience-specific dashboards to measure quality and productivity. Cross-tier, cross-technology analysis of 50+ languages, C, C++, Java, .NET, Oracle, PeopleSoft, SAP, Siebel, Spring, Struts, Hibernate and all major databases.
  • Cigital SecureAssist – A lightweight IDE plugin that points out common security vulnerabilities in real time as the developer is coding. Supports Java, .NET, and PHP.
  • CM evolveIT – Static code analyzer with code slicing. Supports COBOL, HL ASM, Java, JCL, SQL, IMS, CICS. Provides component connectivity, code metrics, clone detection, style checking, and data lineage.
  • Code Dx – Software application vulnerability correlation and management system that consolidates and normalizes software vulnerabilities detected by multiple static application security testing (SAST) and dynamic application security testing (DAST) tools, as well as the results of manual code reviews. Supports C, C++, C#, Java, JavaScript, JSP, PHP, Python, Rails, Ruby, Scala, VB.NET and XML/XSL.[1]
  • CodeScene – Behavioral code analysis based on revision control data. Can analyse any codebase, and supports X-Ray (or method-level analysis) for C, C++, C#, Java, Groovy, JavaScript, TypeScript, Objective-C, Scala, Python, Swift, Go, Visual Basic .Net, PHP, and Ruby.
  • Compuware Topaz for Program Analysis – A static code analysis for PL/I and COBOL. Produces visual displays of structure charts and logic/data flow and shows dependencies across programs.
  • ConQAT – Continuous quality assessment toolkit that allows flexible configuration of quality analyses (architecture conformance, clone detection, quality metrics, etc.) and dashboards. Supports Java, C#, C++, JavaScript, ABAP, Ada and many other languages.
  • Coverity – A static analysis tool for C, C++, C#, Objective-C, Java, Javascript, node.JS, Ruby, PHP, & Python.
  • DefenseCode ThunderScan – A static source code security analysis tool for C#, Java, PHP, Ruby, Python, VB.Net, JavaScript, Android Java, Objective-C, PL/SQL, ASP Classic, VBScript and Visual Basic.
  • Micro Focus Fortify Software Static Code Analyzer – Helps developers identify software security vulnerabilities in C, C++, Java, JSP, .NET, ASP.NET, classic Active Server Pages (ASP), ColdFusion, PHP, Visual Basic 6, VBScript, JavaScript, PL/SQL, T-SQL, Python, Objective-C, ABAP and COBOL and configuration files.
  • Micro Focus Enterprise Analyzer and COBOL Analyzer. Static code analysis and visualization tools for legacy and mainframe applications. Analyze code in different languages including COBOL, PL/I, Natural, RPG, Java, Assembler, Easytrieve, VB, C/C++, PL/SQL, C#, VB.NET, KornShell, Job schedulers and more.
  • GrammaTech CodeSonar – Defect detection (buffer overruns, memory leaks, etc.), concurrency and security checks, architecture visualization and software metrics for C, C++, Objective-C, and Java source code.
  • IBM Security AppScan (formerly known as IBM Rational AppScan) Source Edition – Analyzes source code to identify security vulnerabilities while integrating security testing with software development processes and systems. Supports C, C++, .NET, Java, JSP, JavaScript, ColdFusion, Classic ASP, PHP, Perl, Visual Basic 6, PL/SQL, T-SQL, and COBOL
  • Facebook Infer – A tool for Java C, C++, and Objective-C. Targets null pointer problems, leaks, concurrency issues and API usage for Facebook's mobile apps. Available as open source on github.
  • Imagix 4D – Identifies problems in variable use, task interaction and concurrency, especially in embedded applications, as part of an overall system for understanding, improving and documenting C, C++ and Java code.
  • Kiuwan – Software Analytics end-to-end platform for static code analysis and automated code review. It covers defect detection, application security & IT Risk Management, with enhanced life cycle and application governance features. Support for over 20 languages, including Objective-C, Java, JSP, JavaScript, PHP, C, C++, ABAP, COBOL, JCL, C#, PL/SQL, Transact-SQL, SQL, Visual Basic, Visual Basic .NET, Android (operating system).
  • Klocwork – Provides security vulnerability, standards compliance (MISRA, ISO 26262 and others), defect detection and build-over-build trend analysis for C, C++, C#, Java.
  • Lint, as supplied with the Android SDK.
  • LDRA Testbed – A software analysis and testing tool suite for C, C++, Ada83, Ada95 and Assembler (Intel, Freescale, Texas Instruments).
  • MALPAS – A software static analysis toolset for a variety of languages including Ada, C, Pascal and Assembler (Intel, PowerPC and Motorola). Used primarily for safety critical applications in Nuclear and Aerospace industries.
  • Moose – Moose started as a software analysis platform with many tools to manipulate, assess or visualize software. It can evolve to a more generic data analysis platform. Supported languages are C, C++, Java, Smalltalk, .NET, more may be added.
  • Parasoft – Provides static analysis (pattern-based, flow-based, in-line, metrics) for C, C++, Java, .NET (C#, VB.NET, etc.), JSP, JavaScript, XML, and other languages for standards like MISRA, CWE, OWASP, and CERT. Through a Development Testing Platform, static code analysis functionality is integrated with unit testing, peer code review, runtime error detection and traceability.
  • Copy/Paste Detector (CPD) – PMDs duplicate code detection for (e.g.) Java, JSP, C, C++, ColdFusion, PHP and JavaScript[2] code.
  • Polyspace – Uses abstract interpretation to detect and prove the absence of certain run time errors in source code for C, C++, and Ada
  • Pretty Diff – A language-specific code comparison tool that features language-specific analysis reporting in addition to language-specific minification and beautification algorithms.
  • Protecode – Analyzes the composition of software source code and binary files, searches for open source and third party code and their associated licensing obligations. Can also detect security vulnerabilities.
  • PVS-Studio – A software analysis tool for C, C++, C++/CLI, C++/CX (Component Extensions), C#.
  • Rogue Wave Software OpenLogic – Scans source code and binaries to identify open source code and licenses, manages open source policies and approvals, reports security vulnerabilities, and provides open source technical support.
  • Semmle – Supports C, C++, C#, Java, JavaScript, Objective-C, Python and Scala.
  • SideCI – Static code analysis based automated code review tool for Ruby, Python, PHP, JavaScript, CoffeeScript and Go. Checks style, quality, dependencies, security and bugs.
  • SofCheck Inspector – Static detection of logic errors, race conditions, and redundant code for Ada and Java; automatically extracts pre-postconditions from code.
  • Sonargraph – Supports Java, C# and C/C++ with a focus on dependency analysis, automated architecture check, metrics and the ability to add custom metrics and code-checkers.
  • SonarQube – A continuous inspection engine to manage the technical debt: unit tests, complexity, duplication, design, comments, coding standards and potential problems. Supports languages: ABAP, Android (Java), C, C++, CSS, Objective-C, COBOL, C#, Flex, Forms, Groovy, Java, JavaScript, Natural, PHP, PL/SQL, Swift, Visual Basic 6, Web, XML, Python.
  • Sotoarc-Sotograph – Architecture and quality in-depth analysis and monitoring for C, C++, C#, Java, ABAP.
  • SourceMeter - A platform-independent, command-line static source code analyzer for Java, C, C++, RPG IV (AS/400) and Python.
  • SQuORE is a multi-purpose and multi-language monitoring tool[3] for software projects.
  • Understand – A multi-platform tool for code analysis and comprehension of large code bases. Supported languages include Ada, Cobol, Ansi C, K&R C, Ansi C++, C#, FORTRAN, Java, Jovial, Pascal, PL/M, Python, VHDL, Objective C, Objective C++, HTML, PHP, JavaScript, and XML.
  • Veracode – Finds security flaws in application binaries and bytecode without requiring source. Supported languages include C, C++, .NET (C#, C++/CLI, VB.NET, ASP.NET), Java, JSP, ColdFusion, PHP, Ruby on Rails, JavaScript and TypeScript (including AngularJS, Node.js and Jquery), Python, Perl, Scala, Objective-C, Swift, Active Server Pages, Visual Basic 6, COBOL, and IBM RPG, including mobile applications on the Android and iOS platforms and written in JavaScript cross platform frameworks.[4]
  • Yasca – Yet Another Source Code Analyzer, a plugin-based framework to scan arbitrary file types, with plugins for C, C++, Java, JavaScript, ASP, PHP, HTML-CSS, ColdFusion, COBOL, and other file types. It integrates with other scanners, including FindBugs, PMD, and Pixy.


  • .NET Compiler Platform (Codename Roslyn) – Open-source compiler framework for C# and Visual Basic .NET developed by Microsoft .NET. Provides an API for analyzing and manipulating syntax.
  • CodeIt.Right – Combines static code analysis and automatic refactoring to best practices which allows automatic correction of code errors and violations; supports C# and VB.NET.
  • CodeRush – A plugin for Visual Studio which alerts users to violations of best practices.
  • Designite – A software design quality assessment tool for C#. It computes various Software metrics and detects 37 code smells and design smell. It offers an extension to Visual Studio.
  • FxCop – Free static analysis for Microsoft .NET programs that compiles to CIL. Standalone and integrated in some Microsoft Visual Studio editions; by Microsoft.
  • NDepend – Simplifies managing a complex .NET code base by analyzing and visualizing code dependencies, by defining design rules, by doing impact analysis, and by comparing different versions of the code. Integrates into Visual Studio.
  • Parasoft dotTEST – A static analysis, unit testing, and code review plugin for Visual Studio; works with languages for Microsoft .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework, including C#, VB.NET, ASP.NET and Managed C++.
  • Sonargraph – Supports C#, Java and C/C++ with a focus on dependency analysis, automated architecture check, metrics and the ability to add custom metrics and code-checkers.
  • StyleCop – Analyzes C# source code to enforce a set of style and consistency rules. It can be run from inside of Microsoft Visual Studio or integrated into an MSBuild project.


  • SPARK Toolset – Verification tools for SPARK 2014 – a subset of Ada 2012 that leverages Ada's support for contracts. Designed to offer soundness, depth, modularity and efficiency of verification.
  • AdaControl – A tool to control occurrences of various entities or programming patterns in Ada code, used for checking coding standards, enforcement of safety related rules, and support for various manual inspections. Features automatic fixing of violations.
  • CodePeer – An advanced static analysis tool that detects potential run-time logic errors in Ada programs.
  • Fluctuat – Abstract interpreter for the validation of numerical properties of programs.
  • LDRA Testbed – A software analysis and testing tool suite for Ada83/95.
  • Polyspace – Uses abstract interpretation to detect and prove the absence of certain run time errors in source code.
  • SofCheck Inspector – (Bought by AdaCore) Static detection of logic errors, race conditions, and redundant code for Ada; automatically extracts pre-postconditions from code.

C, C++[edit]

Tool Latest release Free software Duplicate
Adlint an open source and free source code static analyzer for ANSI C89 / ISO C90 and partly ISO C99.
Astrée – Axivion Bauhaus Suite finds all potential runtime errors and data races by abstract interpretation, can prove their absence, and can prove functional assertions; tailored towards safety-critical C code (e.g. avionics and automotive). Includes MISRA checker.
BLAST – (Berkeley Lazy Abstraction Software verification Tool) An open-source software model checker for C programs based on lazy abstraction (follow-on project is CPAchecker.[5]).
Cppcheck Yes; GPL Open-source tool that checks for several types of errors, including use of STL.
cpplint An open-source tool that checks for compliance with Google's style guide for C++ coding.
Clang An open-source compiler that includes a static analyzer.
CLion No; Proprietary An IDE with a built-in excellent source code analysis.
Coccinelle An open-source source code pattern matching and transformation.
Coverity A static analysis tool for C/C++.
Cppdepend Simplifies managing a complex C/C++ code base by analyzing and visualizing code dependencies, by defining design rules, by doing impact analysis, and comparing different versions of the code.
ECLAIR A platform for the automatic analysis, verification, testing and transformation of C and C++ programs.
Eclipse (software) An open-source IDE that includes a static code analyzer.
Fluctuat Abstract interpreter for the validation of numerical properties of programs.
Frama-C An open-source static analysis framework for C.
Goanna A software analysis tool for C/C++.
GrammaTech CodeSonar A static program analysis tool for C/C++, see above.
Infer Developed by an engineering team at Facebook with open-source contributors. Targets null pointer and other memory problems. Available as open source on github.
Klocwork Static Code Analysis A static analysis tool for C/C++
Lint The original, from 1978, static code analyzer for C.
LDRA Testbed A software analysis and testing tool suite for C/C++.
Parasoft C/C++test A C/C++ tool that does static analysis, unit testing, code review, and runtime error detection; plugins available for Visual Studio and Eclipse-based IDEs.
PC-Lint A software analysis tool for C with partial support for C++2011.
Polyspace Uses abstract interpretation to detect and prove the absence of run time errors, Dead Code in source code as well as used to check all MISRA (2004, 2012) rules (directives, non directives).
PRQA QA·C and QA·C++ Deep static analysis of C/C++ for quality assurance and guideline/coding standard enforcement with MISRA support.
SLAM project a project of Microsoft Research for checking that software satisfies critical behavioral properties of the interfaces it uses.
Sparse An open-source tool designed to find faults in the Linux kernel.
Splint An open-source tool designed to find faults in the Linux kernel.
Visual Studio An IDE that provides static code analysis for C/C++ both in the editor environment and from the compiler command line.


Tool Latest release Free software Duplicate
Checkstyle 2018-06-30 Yes; LGPL No Besides some static code analysis, it can be used to show violations of a configured coding standard. Duplicate code detection was removed[6] from Checkstyle.
Coverity 2017-01-19 No; Proprietary Coverity is a static analysis and Static Application Security Testing (SAST) platform that finds critical defects and security weaknesses in code as it’s written before they become vulnerabilities, crashes, or maintenance headaches.
DeepCode AI 2018-11-01 Yes; Free for Open-source software The knowledge of the global development community to monitors your code for becoming outdated, vulnerable or sub-optimal and alerts you if your new code has known (already fixed elsewhere) patterns. Integrated with GitHub, GitLab and Bitbucket.
Eclipse 2017-06-28 Yes; EPL No Cross-platform IDE with own set of several hundred code inspections available for analyzing code on-the-fly in the editor and bulk analysis of the whole project. Plugins for Checkstyle, FindBugs, and PMD.
Error Prone 2018-01-08 Yes; ASL 2 Developed by Google to eliminate classes of serious bugs. Integrated with Bazel, Maven, Ant, and Gradle.
FindBugs 2015-03-06 Yes; LGPL Based on Jakarta BCEL from the University of Maryland. SpotBugs is the spiritual successor of FindBugs, carrying on from the point where it left off with support of its community.
Infer 2017-10-19 Yes; BSD with additio-
nal patent clause
Developed by an engineering team at Facebook with open-source contributors. Targets null pointer exceptions, leaks, and thread safety issues.
IntelliJ IDEA 2017-11-30 Yes; ASL 2 Yes A leading Java IDE with built-in code inspection and analysis. Plugins for Checkstyle, FindBugs, and PMD.
JArchitect 2017-06-11 No; Proprietary Simplifies managing a complex code base by analyzing and visualizing code dependencies, defining design rules, doing impact analysis, and by comparing different versions of the code.
Jtest 2018-04-16 No; Proprietary Yes Testing and static code analysis product by Parasoft.
LDRA Testbed No; Proprietary Analysis and testing tool suite.
OPAL 2018-07-31 Yes; BSD OPAL is an extensible, Java bytecode processing, engineering, manipulation and analysis library written in Scala.[7][8] OPAL supports Java 8 Bytecode and has preliminary support for Java 9.
PMD 2018-07-29 Yes; BSDASL 2LGPL Yes A static ruleset based source code analyzer that identifies potential problems.
Reshift 2018-11-09 No; Proprietary A source code analysis tool for detecting and managing security vulnerabilities. Shifting security 'left'
SemmleCode No; Proprietary Object oriented code queries for static program analysis.
Sonargraph 2017 No; Proprietary Yes (formerly SonarJ) Monitors conformance of code to intended architecture, also computes a wide range of software metrics. Plugins for Eclipse, IntelliJ, Maven, Gradle, Jenkins and SonarQube.
Sonargraph-Explorer 2017 Yes; Proprietary No Free feature limited variant of Sonargraph with a focus on dependency visualization and metrics.
Soot Yes; LGPL A language manipulation and optimization framework consisting of intermediate languages.
Squale 2011-05-26 Yes; LGPL A platform to manage software quality.
SourceMeter 2016-02-01 No; Proprietary Yes A platform-independent, command-line static source code analyzer.
ThreadSafe 2014-03-28 No; Proprietary A static analysis tool focused on finding concurrency bugs.


Objective-C, Objective-C++[edit]

  • Clang – The free Clang project includes a static analyzer. As of version 3.2, this analyzer is included in Xcode.[11]
  • Infer – Developed by an engineering team at Facebook with open-source contributors. Targets null pointers, leaks, API usage and other lint checks. Available as open source on github.
  • GrammaTech CodeSonar – A static program analysis tool for C,C++, Objective-C..., see above.


  • Opa includes its own static analyzer. As the language is intended for web application development, the strongly statically typed compiler checks the validity of high-level types for web data, and prevents by default many vulnerabilities such as XSS attacks and database code injections.


  • Lintian – Checks Debian software packages for common inconsistencies and errors.
  • Rpmlint – Checks for common problems in rpm packages.



  • RIPS – A static code analyzer and audit framework for vulnerabilities in PHP applications.



  • DeepCode AI The first Augmented Intelligence (AI 3.0) for software offers the new generation of Static program analysis tool (using AI, deep program anlysis, BigCode and Machine learning) for Python.
  • PyCharm – Cross-platform Python IDE with code inspections available for analyzing code on-the-fly in the editor and bulk analysis of the whole project.
  • PyDev – Eclipse-based Python IDE with code analysis available on-the-fly in the editor or at save time.
  • Pylint – Static code analyzer. Quite stringent; includes many stylistic warnings as well.


Formal methods tools[edit]

Tools that use sound, i.e. over-approximating a rigorous model, formal methods approach to static analysis (e.g., using static program assertions). Sound methods contain no false negatives for bug-free programs, at least with regards to the idealized mathematical model they are based on (there is no "unconditional" soundness). Note that there is no guarantee they will report all bugs for buggy programs, they will report at least one.

See also[edit]


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  4. ^ "White Box Testing/Binary Static Analysis (SAST)". Retrieved 2018-02-06.
  5. ^ "CPAchecker". 2015-02-08.
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  7. ^ Eichberg, Michael; Monperrus, Martin; Kloppenburg, Sven; Mezini, Mira (2010). "Model-Driven Engineering of Machine Executable Code". 6138. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-13595-8_10.
  8. ^ Eichberg, Michael; Hermann, Ben (2014). "A software product line for static analyses". doi:10.1145/2614628.2614630.
  9. ^ V. Kashyap et al., “JSAI: a static analysis platform for JavaScript,” in Proceedings of the 22nd ACM SIGSOFT International Symposium on Foundations of Software Engineering - FSE 2014, Hong Kong, China, 2014, pp. 121–132. Available: ACM Digital Library and UCSB.
  10. ^ V. Kashyap et al., “JSAI: Designing a Sound, Configurable, and Efficient Static Analyzer for JavaScript,” arXiv:1403.3996 [cs], Mar. 2014 [Online].
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  12. ^ "ClearSQL Analyzer". Retrieved 2018-10-02.
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  14. ^ "Visual Expert for SQL Server - Transact SQL Code Analyzer". 2017-08-24.
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