List of tools for static code analysis
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This is a list of tools for static code analysis.
- 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.
- 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.
- GrammaTech CodeSonar – Defect detection (buffer overruns, memory leaks, etc.), concurrency and security checks, architecture visualization and software metrics for C, C++, and Java source code.
- 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.
- Klocwork – Provides security vulnerability, standards compliance (MISRA, ISO 26262 and others), defect detection and build-over-build trend analysis for C, C++, C# and Java.
- 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.
- 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++11, 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.
- SofCheck Inspector – Static detection of logic errors, race conditions, and redundant code for Ada and Java; automatically extracts pre-postconditions from code.
- 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 for software projects.
- .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.
- 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++.
- 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.
- 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.
- AdLint is an open source and free source code static analyzer for ANSI C89 / ISO C90 and partly ISO C99.
- Astrée – 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.
- Axivion Bauhaus Suite – A static code analysis tool suite that performs various analyses such as architecture checking, interface analyses, MISRA checking, and clone detection.
- 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.).
- Cevelop – A C++ IDE that extends Eclipse CDT with many new static code analysis and refactoring plug-ins, for example to make code const-correct.
- Cppcheck – 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.
- 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++.
- Infer – Developed by an engineering team at Facebook with open-source contributers. 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 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/C++.
- 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 evolved version of Lint, for C.
- 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 code||Notes|
|Checkstyle||2017-02-04||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 from Checkstyles.|
|Coverity||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.
|FindBugs||2015-03-06||Yes; LGPL||Based on Jakarta BCEL from the University of Maryland.|
|Infer||Yes; BSD with additional patent clause||Developed by an engineering team at Facebook with open-source contributers. Targets null pointer exceptions, leaks, and thread safety issues|
|IntelliJ IDEA||2017-03-21||Yes; ASL 2||Yes||A leading Java IDE|
|JArchitect||2015-10-31||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||2016-12-05||No; Proprietary||Yes||Testing and static code analysis product by Parasoft.|
|LDRA Testbed||No; Proprietary||Analysis and testing tool suite|
|PMD||2017-01-28||Yes; BSD, ASL 2, LGPL||Yes||A static ruleset based source code analyzer that identifies potential problems.|
|Eclipse||2017-03-23||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.|
|SemmleCode||No; Proprietary||Object oriented code queries for static program analysis.|
|Sonargraph||2015||No; Proprietary||Yes||(formerly SonarJ) Monitors conformance of code to intended architecture, also computes a wide range of software metrics. Eclipse plugin.|
|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.|
- JSHint – A community driven fork of JSLint.
- Clang – The free Clang project includes a static analyzer. As of version 3.2, this analyzer is included in Xcode.
- Infer – Developed by an engineering team at Facebook with open-source contributers. Targets null pointers, leaks, API usage and other lint checks. Available as open source on github.
- 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.
- Perl::Critic – A tool to help enforce common Perl best practices. Most best practices are based on Damian Conway's Perl Best Practices book.
- PerlTidy – Program that acts as a syntax checker and tester/enforcer for coding practices in Perl.
- Padre – An IDE for Perl that also provides static code analysis to check for common beginner errors.
- RIPS – A static code analyzer and audit framework for vulnerabilities in PHP applications.
- TOAD - A PL/SQL development environment with a Code xPert component that reports on general code efficiency as well as specific programming issues.
- Pylint – Static code analyzer. Quite stringent; includes many stylistic warnings as well.
- 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.
- Flay – Checks for structural similarities and detects code duplication.
- Flog – Detects complex classes and methods using ABC metrics.
- Reek – Checks for higher level code smells.
- RuboCop – Style checker based on the community driven Ruby Style Guide.
- Bullet – Checks for N+1 queries slowing down database access.
- Brakeman – Detects and warns about common security vulnerabilities.
Formal methods tools
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 wrt 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.
- Astrée – finds all potential runtime errors by abstract interpretation, can prove the absence of runtime errors and can prove functional assertions; tailored towards safety-critical C code (e.g. avionics).
- CodePeer – Statically determines and documents pre- and post-conditions for Ada subprograms; statically checks preconditions at all call sites.
- ECLAIR – Uses formal methods-based static code analysis techniques such as abstract interpretation and model checking combined with constraint satisfaction techniques to detect or prove the absence of certain run time errors in source code.
- ESC/Java and ESC/Java2 – Based on Java Modeling Language, an enriched version of Java.
- Frama-C – An open-source static analysis framework for C.
- KeY – analysis platform for Java based on theorem proving with specifications in the Java Modeling Language; can generate test cases as counterexamples; stand-alone GUI or Eclipse integration
- MALPAS – A formal methods tool that uses directed graphs and regular algebra to prove that software under analysis correctly meets its mathematical specification.
- Polyspace – Uses abstract interpretation, a formal methods based technique, to detect and prove the absence of certain run time errors in source code for C/C++, and Ada
- SPARK Toolset including the SPARK Examiner – Based on the SPARK language, a subset of Ada.
- Automated code review
- Best Coding Practices
- Dynamic code analysis
- Software metrics
- Integrated development environment (IDE) and Comparison of integrated development environments. IDEs will usually come with built-in support for static code analysis, or with an option to integrate such support. Eclipse offers such integration mechanism for most different types of extensions (plug-ins).
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- The Web Application Security Consortium's Static Code Analysis Tool List
- Java Static Checkers at DMOZ
- List of Java static code analysis plugins for Eclipse
- List of static source code analysis tools for C
- SAMATE-Source Code Security Analyzers
- SATE – Static Analysis Tool Exposition
- "A Comparison of Bug Finding Tools for Java", by Nick Rutar, Christian Almazan, and Jeff Foster, University of Maryland. Compares Bandera, ESC/Java 2, FindBugs, JLint, and PMD.
- "Mini-review of Java Bug Finders", by Rick Jelliffe, O'Reilly Media.