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About the name
The original name of this program was "C++check", but it was later changed to "Cppcheck".
Despite the name, Cppcheck is designed for both C and C++.
A manual is available online.
Any C++11 compiler should work. For compilers with partial C++11 support it may work. If your compiler has the C++11 features that are available in Visual Studio 2010 then it will work. If nullptr is not supported by your compiler then this can be emulated using the header lib/cxx11emu.h.
To build the GUI, you need Qt.
When building the command line tool, PCRE is optional. It is used if you build with rules.
There are multiple compilation choices:
- qmake - cross platform build tool
- Windows: Visual Studio (VS 2010 and above) or Qt Creator or MinGW
- gnu make
- g++ 4.4 (and above)
- clang++ 2.9 (and above)
You can use the gui/gui.pro file to build the GUI.
cd gui qmake make
Use the cppcheck.sln file. The rules are normally enabled.
To compile with rules (PCRE dependency):
- the PCRE dll is needed. It can be downloaded from here.
To compile without rules (no dependencies):
- remove the preprocessor define
HAVE_RULESfrom the project
- remove the pcre.lib from the project
Qt Creator + MinGW
The PCRE dll is needed to build the CLI. It can be downloaded here: http://software-download.name/pcre-library-windows/
Simple build (no dependencies):
The recommended release build is:
make SRCDIR=build CFGDIR=cfg HAVE_RULES=yes
Python is used to optimise cppcheck
Specify folder where .cfg files are found
Enable rules (PCRE is required if this is used)
g++ (for experts)
If you just want to build Cppcheck without dependencies then you can use this command:
g++ -o cppcheck -std=c++0x -include lib/cxx11emu.h -Iexternals/tinyxml -Ilib cli/*.cpp lib/*.cpp externals/tinyxml/*.cpp
If you want to use
--rule-file then dependencies are needed:
g++ -o cppcheck -std=c++0x -include lib/cxx11emu.h -lpcre -DHAVE_RULES -Ilib -Iexternals/tinyxml cli/*.cpp lib/*.cpp externals/tinyxml/*.cpp
- Create a empty project file / makefile.
- Add all cpp files in the cppcheck cli and lib folders to the project file / makefile.
Cross compiling Win32 (CLI) version of Cppcheck in Linux
sudo apt-get install mingw32 make CXX=i586-mingw32msvc-g++ LDFLAGS="-lshlwapi" RDYNAMIC="" mv cppcheck cppcheck.exe