Introduction to Software Engineering/Tools/Static Code Analysis

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This is a list of tools for static code analysis.

Historical products[edit]

  • Lint — The original static code analyzer of C code.

Open-source or Non-commercial products[edit]


  • PMD Copy/Paste Detector (CPD) — PMDs duplicate code detection for (e.g.) Java, JSP, C, C++ and PHP code.
  • Sonar — A continuous inspection engine to manage the technical debt (unit tests, complexity, duplication, design, comments, coding standards and potential problems). Supported languages are Java, Flex, PHP, PL/SQL, Cobol and Visual Basic 6.
  • Yasca — Yet Another Source Code Analyzer, a plugin-based framework for scanning arbitrary file types, with plugins for scanning C/C++, Java, JavaScript, ASP, PHP, HTML/CSS, ColdFusion, COBOL, and other file types. It integrates with other scanners, including FindBugs, JLint, PMD, and Pixy.

.NET (C#, VB.NET and all .NET compatible languages)[edit]

  • FxCop — Free static analysis for Microsoft .NET programs that compile to CIL. Standalone and integrated in some Microsoft Visual Studio editions. From Microsoft.
  • Gendarme — Open-source (MIT License) equivalent to FxCop created by the Mono project. Extensible rule-based tool to find problems in .NET applications and libraries, particularly those that contain code in ECMA CIL format.
  • 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. Free download from Microsoft.


  • Apparat — A language manipulation and optimization framework consisting of intermediate representations for ActionScript.


  • BLAST (Berkeley Lazy Abstraction Software verification Tool) — A software model checker for C programs based on lazy abstraction.
  • Clang — A compiler that includes a static analyzer.
  • Frama-C — A static analysis framework for C.
  • Lint — The original static code analyzer for C.
  • Sparse — A tool designed to find faults in the Linux kernel.
  • Splint — An open source evolved version of Lint (for C).


  • cppcheck — Open-source tool that checks for several types of errors, including the use of STL.


  • Checkstyle — Besides some static code analysis, it can be used to show violations of a configured coding standard.
  • FindBugs — An open-source static bytecode analyzer for Java (based on Jakarta BCEL) from the University of Maryland.
  • Hammurapi — (Free for non-commercial use only) versatile code review solution.
  • PMD — A static ruleset based Java source code analyzer that identifies potential problems.
  • Soot — A language manipulation and optimization framework consisting of intermediate languages for Java.
  • Squale — A platform to manage software quality (also available for other languages, using commercial analysis tools though).


  • Closure Compiler — JavaScript optimizer that rewrites JavaScript code to make it faster and more compact. It also checks your usage of native javascript functions.
  • JSLint — JavaScript syntax checker and validator.


  • Clang — The free Clang project includes a static analyzer. As of version 3.2, this analyzer is included in Xcode.[1]

Commercial products[edit]


  • Axivion Bauhaus Suite — A tool for C, C++, C#, Java and Ada code that comprises various analyses such as architecture checking, interface analyses, and clone detection.
  • Black Duck Suite — Analyze the composition of software source code and binary files, search for reusable code, manage open source and third-party code approval, honor the legal obligations associated with mixed-origin code, and monitor related security vulnerabilities.
  • CAST Application Intelligence Platform — Detailed, audience-specific dashboards to measure quality and productivity. 30+ languages, SAP, Oracle, PeopleSoft, Siebel, .NET, Java, C/C++, Struts, Spring, Hibernate and all major databases.
  • Checkmarx CxSuite — Source code analysis tool which identifies application security vulnerabilities in the following languages: Java, C# / .NET, PHP, C, C++, Visual Basic 6.0, VB.NET, APEX, Ruby, Javascript, ASP, Perl, Android, Objective C, PL/SQL, HTML5, Python and Groovy.
  • Coverity Static Analysis (formerly Coverity Prevent) — Identifies security vulnerabilities and code defects in C, C++, C# and Java code. Complements Coverity Dynamic Code Analysis and Architecture Analysis.
  • DMS Software Reengineering Toolkit — Supports custom analysis of C, C++, C#, Java, COBOL, PHP, VisualBasic and many other languages. Also COTS tools for clone analysis, dead code analysis, and style checking.
  • Compuware DevEnterprise — Analysis of COBOL, PL/I, JCL, CICS, DB2, IMS and others.
  • Fortify — Helps developers identify software security vulnerabilities in C/C++, .NET, Java, JSP, ASP.NET, ColdFusion, "Classic" ASP, PHP, VB6, VBScript, JavaScript, PL/SQL, T-SQL, python and COBOL as well as configuration files.
  • GrammaTech CodeSonar — Analyzes C,C++.
  • Imagix 4D — Identifies problems in variable usage, task interaction and concurrency, particularly in embedded applications, as part of an overall solution for understanding, improving and documenting C, C++ and Java software.
  • Intel - Intel Parallel Studio XE: Contains Static Security Analysis (SSA) feature supports C/C++ and Fortran
  • JustCode — Code analysis and refactoring productivity tool for JavaScript, C#, Visual Basic.NET, and ASP.NET
  • Klocwork Insight — Provides security vulnerability and defect detection as well as architectural and build-over-build trend analysis for C, C++, C# and Java.
  • Lattix, Inc. LDM — Architecture and dependency analysis tool for Ada, C/C++, Java, .NET software systems.
  • LDRA Testbed — A software analysis and testing tool suite for C, C++, Ada83, Ada95 and Assembler (Intel, Freescale, Texas Instruments).
  • Micro Focus (formerly Relativity Technologies) Modernization Workbench — Parsers included for COBOL (multiple variants including IBM, Unisys, MF, ICL, Tandem), PL/I, Natural (inc. ADABAS), Java, Visual Basic, RPG, C & C++ and other legacy languages; Extensible SDK to support 3rd party parsers. Supports automated Metrics (including Function Points), Business Rule Mining, Componentisation and SOA Analysis. Rich ad hoc diagramming, AST search & reporting)
  • Ounce Labs (from 2010 IBM Rational Appscan Source) — Automated source code analysis that enables organizations to identify and eliminate software security vulnerabilities in languages including Java, JSP, C/C++, C#, ASP.NET and VB.Net.
  • Parasoft — Analyzes Java (Jtest), JSP, C, C++ (C++test), .NET (C#, ASP.NET, VB.NET, etc.) using .TEST, WSDL, XML, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, VBScript/ASP, and configuration files for security[2], compliance[3], and defect prevention.
  • Polyspace — Uses abstract interpretation to detect and prove the absence of certain run-time errors in source code for C, C++, and Ada
  • Rational Asset Analyzer (IBM); Supports COBOL(multiple variants), PL/I, Java
  • Rational Software Analyzer — Supports Java, C/C++ (and others available through extensions)
  • SofCheck Inspector — Provides static detection of logic errors, race conditions, and redundant code for Java and Ada. Provides automated extraction of pre/postconditions from code itself.
  • Sotoarc/Sotograph — Architecture and quality in-depth analysis and monitoring for Java, C#, C and C++
  • Syhunt Sandcat — Detects security flaws in PHP, Classic ASP and ASP.NET web applications.
  • Understand — Analyzes C,C++, Java, Ada, Fortran, Jovial, Delphi, VHDL, HTML, CSS, PHP, and JavaScript — reverse engineering of source, code navigation, and metrics tool.
  • 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, and PHP.
  • Visual Studio Team System — Analyzes C++,C# source codes. only available in team suite and development edition.


Products covering multiple .NET languages.

  • CodeIt.Right — Combines Static Code Analysis and automatic Refactoring to best practices which allows automatically correct code errors and violations. Supports both C# and VB.NET.
  • CodeRush — A plugin for Visual Studio, it addresses a multitude of short comings with the popular IDE. Including alerting users to violations of best practices by using static code analysis.
  • JustCode — Add-on for Visual Studio 2005/2008/2010 for real-time, solution-wide code analysis for C#, VB.NET, ASP.NET, XAML, JavaScript, HTML and multi-language solutions.
  • 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.
  • ReSharper — Add-on for Visual Studio 2003/2005/2008/2010 from the creators of IntelliJ IDEA, which also provides static code analysis for C#.
  • Kalistick — Mixing from the Cloud: static code analysis with best practice tips and collaborative tools for Agile teams


  • Ada-ASSURED — A tool that offers coding style checks, standards enforcement and pretty printing features.
  • AdaCore CodePeer — Automated code review and bug finder for Ada programs that uses control-flow, data-flow, and other advanced static analysis techniques.
  • LDRA Testbed — A software analysis and testing tool suite for Ada83/95.
  • SofCheck Inspector — Provides static detection of logic errors, race conditions, and redundant code for Ada. Provides automated extraction of pre/postconditions from code itself.

C / C++[edit]

  • FlexeLint — A multiplatform version of PC-Lint.
  • Green Hills Software DoubleCheck — A software analysis tool for C/C++.
  • Intel - Intel Parallel Studio XE: Contains Static Security Analysis (SSA) feature
  • LDRA Testbed — A software analysis and testing tool suite for C/C++.
  • Monoidics INFER — A sound tool for C/C++ based on Separation Logic.
  • PC-Lint — A software analysis tool for C/C++.
  • PVS-Studio — A software analysis tool for C,C++,C++11,C++/CX.
  • QA-C (and QA-C++) — Deep static analysis of C/C++ for quality assurance and guideline enforcement.
  • Red Lizard's Goanna — Static analysis for C/C++ in Eclipse and Visual Studio.


  • Jtest — Testing and static code analysis product by Parasoft.
  • LDRA Testbed — A software analysis and testing tool suite for Java.
  • SemmleCode — Object oriented code queries for static program analysis.
  • SonarJ — Monitors conformance of code to intended architecture, also computes a wide range of software metrics.
  • Kalistick — A Cloud-based platform to manage and optimize code quality for Agile teams with DevOps spirit

Formal methods tools[edit]

Tools that use a formal methods approach to static analysis (e.g., using static program assertions):

  • ESC/Java and ESC/Java2 — Based on Java Modeling Language, an enriched version of Java.
  • Polyspace — Uses abstract interpretation (a formal methods based technique[4]) to detect and prove the absence of certain run-time errors in source code for C, C++, and Ada
  • SofCheck Inspector — Statically determines and documents pre- and postconditions for Java methods; statically checks preconditions at all call sites; also supports Ada.
  • SPARK Toolset including the SPARK Examiner — Based on the SPARK programming language, a subset of Ada.


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