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Merge pull request #618 from simartin/simplifyEnum_code_simplification

Simplify the code handling C++0x typed enumerations.
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Cppcheck.xcodeproj Synchronize source file list and enable C++11 build in XCode project.
addons Added comments
cfg Handle HeapCreate()/HeapDestroy() API for Windows
cli Astyle formatting, no functional changes.
cmake Fixed typos. No functional changes. [ci-skip]
democlient astyle formatting
externals/tinyxml Add CMake files
gui fix typos in russian translation
htmlreport PEP8 fixes.
lib Simplify the code handling C++0x typed enumerations.
man manual: rewrote the chapter about cppcheck extensions/addons
rules Rules: Make it possible to write rules that check #define macros
samples std.cfg: snprintf(NULL,0,) is legal. Fix some testcases in test/cfg a…
test valueflow: fix for ?:. the condition result is not a result of the ?.
tools disable -Woverloaded-virtual warnings to avoid a few FPs
triage PEP8 fixes.
win_installer Set version to 1.69.99/1.70 dev
.gitignore Add CMake files
.mailmap Revert "Revert "Add a .mailmap file.""
.travis.yml tests: add a script which runs test/cfg tests.
.travis_suppressions Remove a suppression for travis job since the FP has disappeared (see…
CMakeLists.txt Add CMake files
COPYING Licensing: Using the GPL 3 license
Makefile disable -Woverloaded-virtual warnings to avoid a few FPs
appveyor.yml add support for the AppVeyor CI system for checked Windows builds
build-pcre.txt Update PCRE instructions.
build.bat batch files: switch to the batch file directory before doing anything…
console_common.pri pro and pri files: remove unneeded empty lines, use spaces for consis…
cppcheck.cbp Change "obsolete" in all filenames into "obsolescent", and also updat…
cppcheck.cppcheck Fixed: some gui/temp headers reported missing includes from gui/ folder.
cppcheck.sln Updated WiX installer and VS solution to VS12 and Qt5
createrelease createrelease: updates
doxyfile doxyfile: disable dot support.
generate_coverage_report coverage report script: clean all intermediary files Update badges.
readme.txt readme: To compile Cppcheck, partial C++11 support is needed.
readme_64-bit_Windows.txt Removed VS9 solution
readme_gui.txt Small ReadMe updates
runastyle runastyle: Output detected version on mismatch
runastyle.bat updated runastyle scripts webreport: removed scp command

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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/ 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" RDYNAMIC=""
mv cppcheck cppcheck.exe


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