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Octocat-spinner-32 Cppcheck.xcodeproj Register valueflow.{h,cpp} to XCode projects.
Octocat-spinner-32 cfg posix.cfg: Fixed FP for isatty() function and added unit cases.
Octocat-spinner-32 cli Fix some clang warnings about type conversions
Octocat-spinner-32 democlient democlient: simple working democlient
Octocat-spinner-32 externals Update tinyxml to v2.0.2.
Octocat-spinner-32 gui Updated german translation
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Octocat-spinner-32 htmlreport Merge pull request #190 from myint/clean
Octocat-spinner-32 lib Fixed #5682 (False positive: (style) Same expression on both sides of…
Octocat-spinner-32 man Updated manual according to #5087
Octocat-spinner-32 rules Rules: Make it possible to write rules that check #define macros
Octocat-spinner-32 samples Added testing of samples/ to testrunner (#3515).
Octocat-spinner-32 test Fixed #5682 (False positive: (style) Same expression on both sides of…
Octocat-spinner-32 tools Fixed typo in travis script and tools/, no functional change.
Octocat-spinner-32 win_installer Windows Installer: Always install std.cfg (#5318)
Octocat-spinner-32 .gitattributes make htdocs/site/js/pack.js always use LF
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Octocat-spinner-32 .travis_suppressions Attempt to fix travis failure
Octocat-spinner-32 AUTHORS updated AUTHORS file
Octocat-spinner-32 COPYING Licensing: Using the GPL 3 license
Octocat-spinner-32 Makefile #5592 - crash: gcc: testsuit: gcc.c-torture/compile/limits-declparen.…
Octocat-spinner-32 build-pcre.txt Update PCRE instructions.
Octocat-spinner-32 build.bat batch files: switch to the batch file directory before doing anything…
Octocat-spinner-32 console_common.pri pro and pri files: remove unneeded empty lines, use spaces for consis…
Octocat-spinner-32 cppcheck.cbp Refactoring: Add new file lib/templatesimplifier.cpp
Octocat-spinner-32 cppcheck.cppcheck Fixed: some gui/temp headers reported missing includes from gui/ folder.
Octocat-spinner-32 cppcheck.sln Removed VS9 solution
Octocat-spinner-32 createrelease createrelease: small update
Octocat-spinner-32 doxyfile doxyfile: disable dot support.
Octocat-spinner-32 generate_coverage_report coverage report script: clean all intermediary files
Octocat-spinner-32 readme: To compile Cppcheck, partial C++11 support is needed.
Octocat-spinner-32 readme.txt readme: To compile Cppcheck, partial C++11 support is needed.
Octocat-spinner-32 readme_64-bit_Windows.txt Removed VS9 solution
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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 or Qt Creator or MinGW
  • gnu make
  • g++


You can use the gui/ file to build the GUI.

cd gui

Visual Studio

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_RULES from 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:

GNU make

Simple build (no dependencies):


The recommended release build is:

make SRCDIR=build CFGDIR=cfg HAVE_RULES=yes


  1. SRCDIR=build

    Python is used to optimise cppcheck

  2. CFGDIR=cfg

    Specify folder where .cfg files are found

  3. HAVE_RULES=yes

    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 and --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


make LDFLAGS=-lshlwapi

Other Compiler/IDE

  1. Create a empty project file / makefile.
  2. Add all cpp files in the cppcheck cli and lib folders to the project file / makefile.
  3. Compile.

Cross compiling Win32 (CLI) version of Cppcheck in Linux

sudo apt-get install mingw32
make CXX=i586-mingw32msvc-g++ LDFLAGS="-lshlwapi"
mv cppcheck cppcheck.exe


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