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About the name

The original name of this program is "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++ compiler should work.

To build the GUI, you need Qt.

When building the command line tool, PCRE is normally used. PCRE is optional.

There are multiple compilation choices:

  • qmake - cross platform build tool
  • Windows: Visual Studio
  • Windows: Qt Creator + 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):

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

To build Cppcheck with rules (pcre dependency):

make HAVE_RULES=yes

To build Cppcheck without rules (no dependencies):


g++ (for experts)

If you just want to build Cppcheck without dependencies then you can use this command:

g++ -o cppcheck -Ilib cli/*.cpp lib/*.cpp

If you want to use --rule and --rule-file then dependencies are needed:

g++ -o cppcheck -lpcre -DHAVE_RULES -Ilib -Iexternals cli/*.cpp lib/*.cpp externals/tinyxml/*.cpp


make LDFLAGS=-lshlwapi

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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