Jenkins : Cppcheck Plugin

Plugin Information

View Cppcheck on the plugin site for more information.

This plugin generates the trend report for CppCheck, a tool for static C/C++ code analysis.


The Cppcheck plug-in scans for Cppcheck report files in the build workspace and reports the issues detected during static C/C++ code analysis.

The following features are provided by this plug-in:

  • Configuration of the files to scan after a build, build status evaluation and graph.
  • Trend reports showing the number of detected issues per type.
  • Results summary and results details including new issues and solved issues.
  • Listing of source code with highlighted issues.
  • Show all violations highlighted on a single page.
  • Dashboard View portlet showing number of issues per job.
  • Remote access API (REST API).
  • Works with most project/job types.

Please use the Mailing Lists or issue tracker to ask questions, create feature request or bug reports.


Version 1.15, 1.16.


  • Install Cppcheck tool to the system. If you use master Jenkins server and several build slaves, install it to all slaves that will run the analysis.
  • For each job configuration page:
    • Add Execute shell build step to generate Cppcheck report or create the report file in your build scripts (Ant, Maven, Make, ...).
    • Activate Publish Cppcheck results in Post-build Actions and provide at least the path to the generated Cppcheck report (cppcheck.xml).
    • Optionally configure build status evaluation (Advanced button).
    • Optionally configure graph (second level Advanced button).
  • Always prefer new XML version 2 for the output format. XML version 1 is supported in the plugin too, but Cppcheck doesn't report some issues with the legacy format.
# Minimal set of arguments
cppcheck --xml --xml-version=2 SOURCE_DIRECTORY 2> cppcheck.xml

# Enable all checks
cppcheck --enable=all --inconclusive --xml --xml-version=2 SOURCE_DIRECTORY 2> cppcheck.xml

# Analysis in multiple parallel threads
cppcheck -j 4 --enable=all --inconclusive --xml --xml-version=2 SOURCE_DIRECTORY 2> cppcheck.xml

Report in a sub-directory of the workspace (advanced)

The plugin expects that all paths in the input report file (cppcheck.xml) are relative to the workspace root directory. If the Cppcheck tool is executed from a sub-directory, the plugin will be unable to pair the paths in the report with the files on disk and the source codes with the highlighted errors won't be available in the details.

# In the workspace root directory
cppcheck --enable=all --inconclusive --xml --xml-version=2 INPUT_DIRECTORY 2> cppcheck.xml

See the warning in the Console Output below. The invalid absolute path is missing SUBDIRECTORY between workspace and INPUT_DIRECTORY directories.

[Cppcheck] Starting the cppcheck analysis.
[Cppcheck] Processing 1 files with the pattern '**/cppcheck.xml'.
[Cppcheck] [WARNING] - The source file 'file:/SHORTENED/work/jobs/JOB_NAME/workspace/INPUT_DIRECTORY/mainwindow.cpp'
doesn't exist on the slave. The ability to display its source code has been removed.

There are basically two solutions for this issue. The first one is to execute the Cppcheck analysis directly from the workspace root directory to make SUBDIRECTORY part of the path.

# In the workspace root directory
# cppcheck --enable=all --inconclusive --xml --xml-version=2 INPUT_DIRECTORY 2> cppcheck.xml

cppcheck --enable=all --inconclusive --xml --xml-version=2 SUBDIRECTORY/INPUT_DIRECTORY 2> SUBDIRECTORY/cppcheck.xml

But the above solution is not much suitable for larger projects that are using for example recursive GNU/Make based build scripts where the Cppcheck analysis is executed for each sub-project (sub-directory). It is better to modify the paths in the report files after they are created.

# In the workspace root directory
cppcheck --enable=all --inconclusive --xml --xml-version=2 INPUT_DIRECTORY 2> cppcheck.xml
sed -i 's%\(<location file="\)%\1SUBDIRECTORY/%' cppcheck.xml

The sed command above adds "SUBDIRECTORY/" to the beginning of the paths in the location elements. Note this method is not limited only to sed, you can use whatever tool that is able to replace string in a file.

<location file="INPUT_DIRECTORY/mainwindow.cpp" line="1134"/>
<location file="SUBDIRECTORY/INPUT_DIRECTORY/mainwindow.cpp" line="1134"/>

Remote access API (REST API)

Use the URLs below to access the Cppcheck specific data.

Description of possibilities


Example of XML data:


Example of JSON data:

	"numberErrorSeverity" : 0,
	"numberInformationSeverity" : 7,
	"numberNoCategorySeverity" : 0,
	"numberPerformanceSeverity" : 20,
	"numberPortabilitySeverity" : 0,
	"numberStyleSeverity" : 22,
	"numberTotal" : 54,
	"numberWarningSeverity" : 5

Known Issues

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Release 1.25 (Aug 17, 2019)

  • Implemented:  JENKINS-58881 - Support Java 11 Closed
  • Fixed:   JENKINS-41704 - Clicking On `Cppcheck Results` From A Multi-Branch Pipeline Build Results In javax.servlet.ServletException: org.apache.commons.jelly.JellyTagException Resolved

Release 1.24 (Sep 12, 2018)

Release 1.23 (Jul 30, 2018)

  • Fixed:  JENKINS-52597 - Cppcheck-Plugin does show up in snippet-generator Closed
  • Fixed:  JENKINS-52594 - Cppcheck report XMLs field doesn't retain data after update to 1.22 In Review
  • Fixed:  JENKINS-41704 - Clicking On `Cppcheck Results` From A Multi-Branch Pipeline Build Results In javax.servlet.ServletException: org.apache.commons.jelly.JellyTagException Resolved

Release 1.22 (Jul 10, 2018)

Release 1.21 (Aug 5, 2015)

  • Implemented: pull request - Expand environment variables in the report file pattern

Release 1.20 (Sep 27, 2014)

  • Fixed: JENKINS-24834 - CPP check report background colours not displaying for new or resolved issues since upgrade
    • There was an incompatible change in Jenkins core, since version 1.581.
  • Fixed: JENKINS-24037 - CPPCheck Plugin: You need "worspace" message instead of "workspace"
  • Implemented: JENKINS-24007 - Put a warning about report in legacy format to build log
  • Implemented: JENKINS-23247 - Display trends graph last 10/20 sucessful/fail builds in CPPcheck plugin.
    • Number of builds displayed in the trend graph can be limited in configuration.
    • Destination of several labels in configuration fixed (on click action).

Release 1.19 (Jul 27, 2014)

  • Fixed: JENKINS-23185 - Setting build status to FAILURE for new error when errors were fixed
  • Implemented: JENKINS-23888 - Add query parameter support for filtering errors based on new, resolved or unchanged
  • Implemented: JENKINS-23891 - Redesign of configuration page
  • Implemented: JENKINS-23575 - Post-Build-Step "Publish Cppcheck results" not available in job generator project
  • Rejected: JENKINS-17450 - "warning" and "performance" not counted

Release 1.18 (May 25, 2014)

  • Partially fixed: JENKINS-22823 - Cppcheck plugin can't connect to report file
  • Partially fixed: JENKINS-11354 - CppCheck plugin cannot find CppCheck report
    • Issues with legacy Java 1.5.
  • Implemented: JENKINS-22965 - Cppcheck plugin shall display the inconclusive messages
  • Implemented: JENKINS-23086 - Cppcheck plugin shall display verbose information

Release 1.17 (May 18, 2014)

  • Release process failed, skipping this version.

Release 1.16 (April 30, 2014)

  • Implemented: JENKINS-18109 - Show all violations highlighted on a single page
  • Implemented: JENKINS-22388 - Possible to move cppcheck summary into main job hudson page?
  • Implemented: JENKINS-22784 - Color palette for lines in the graph
  • Rejected: JENKINS-22554 - Resolve files with relative paths
  • Rejected: JENKINS-22761 - Missing links to source in cppcheck plugin
  • Wiki: New section "Report in a sub-directory of the workspace (advanced)" added.

Release 1.15 (March 22, 2014)

  • Fixed: JENKINS-17363 - Ludicrously slow load time (with lazyloading)
  • Fixed: JENKINS-19437 - Implement load on demand functionality in Cppcheck
  • Fixed: JENKINS-22073 - ProjectAction should render graph, optimize build.xml size
    • Changes in data storage that heavily reduces memory consumption and increases performance during a common Jenkins use.
    • Stored data now contains only statistics per type (just several numbers), full report is lazy-loaded only while it is needed in the results page. Compare with parsing of a giant XML that contains all information about each issue detected by Cppcheck and multiply by number of builds just to show a simple trend graph.
    • Data format is very different but the code should satisfy a backward compatibility.
    • The plugin update will have full impact after all builds from a previous version will completely role out and only new data are present.
  • Fixed: JENKINS-17450 - "warning" and "performance" not counted
  • Fixed: JENKINS-18029 - Selected line with static analysis violation is hidden because breadcrumb covers it
  • Fixed: JENKINS-17540 - ConversionException reading build.xml
  • Fixed: JENKINS-21346 - Not working with cppcheck 1.63
  • Fixed: JENKINS-22114 - When looking at the source code of an error - the latest source is used
  • Fixed: JENKINS-7279 - cppcheck plugin will not show results for multiconfiguration project
  • Fixed: JENKINS-22214 - Fix findings from FindBugs static analysis
  • Fixed: JENKINS-22213 - Broken backward compatibility with version 1.14
  • Implemented: JENKINS-22215 - Side panel menu is missing on pages with listing of source codes
  • Implemented: JENKINS-21928 - Redesign of results page
  • Implemented: JENKINS-21927 - Redesign of build summary page
  • Implemented: JENKINS-10651 - Add cppcheck to "Dashboard View"
  • Implemented: JENKINS-14481 - Quickly identify only the new errors
  • Rejected: JENKINS-21714 - More data from REST API
  • Rejected: JENKINS-16700 - Parsing throws exceptions. javax.xml.bind.UnmarshalException
  • Rejected: JENKINS-20894 - When the upstream build fails,it won't show cppcheck test results
  • All existing Jira tasks with Resolved status checked, optionally tested and closed.
  • Description, Screenshots, Usage, Remote access API and Known Issues sections added to wiki.

Release 1.14 (October 7, 2013)

* Add option to not fail builds if a report is not found.

Release 1.13 (December 19. 2012)

* Fix JENKINS-14908 - Enable Maven project support.

Release 1.12 (November 12, 2012)

* Fix JENKINS-15707 - Cppcheck Trend graph is blank even though the plugin processes stats correctly

Release 1.11 (November 04, 2012)

* Fix JENKINS-15523 - cppcheck: WARNING: Failed to resolve class

Release 1.10 (July 18, 2012)

* Fix internal error by computing between newError and previousError: wrong inverse between performance severity and information severity

Release 1.9 (May 5, 2012)

* Fix JENKINS-13657 - Cppcheck does not work with the "Flexible Publish Plugin"

Release 1.8 (May 1, 2012)

* Fix JENKINS-13589 - Calculation errors of threshold crossing

Release 1.7 (April 22, 2012)

* Fix JENKINS-12364 - Cannot drill down to source code with cppcheck when build source is checked out using SVN

Release 1.6 (April 21, 2012)

* Fix JENKINS-11114 - Separate errors report on build report page by severity type.

Release 1.5 (April 21, 2012)

* Fix reopened JENKINS-10368 - Wrong image dimension for Cppcheck Results link on Dashboard

Release 1.4 (April 20, 2012)

* Fix JENKINS-12504 - cppcheck-plugin doesn't display the latest source when cppcheck-plugin is the cause of a build failure

Release 1.3 (April 18, 2012)

* Fix JENKINS-12301 - Cppcheck always display all errors
* Fix JENKINS-12382 - Typo with displayed text for cppcheck plugin configuration in Jenkins

Release 1.2 (February 06. 2012)

* Merge pull request - Add a link to the line number

Release 1.1 (January 01, 2012)

* Fix reponed JENKINS-11096 - No cppcheck reports found if they stored in workspace
* Fix reponed JENKINS-11065 - Add cppcheck version to the result page

Release 1.0.2 (September 28, 20111

* Fix JENKINS-11096 - No cppcheck reports found if they stored in workspace

Release 1.0.1 (September 20, 2011)

* Fix JENKINS-9178 - Cppcheck plugin missing files if used by a matrix project

Release 1.0.0 (August 01, 2011)

* Fix JENKINS-10369 - CppCheck results missing File and line num when xml-version=2 is used
* Fix JENKINS-9727 - CPP Check should support new xml output format (version 2)

This new version supports the new Cppcheck output format (version 2).
For old output, the new mapping is:

New Category

Old Category




possible error




possible style


no category

Release 0.17 (June 17, 2011)

* Fixed JENKINS-9727 - Add Cppcheck version 2 support
* Updrade the dependency of Ivy pluign to 1.19

Release 0.16 (June 15, 2011)

* Fixed JENKINS-9726 - Cannot handle empty files

Release 0.15 (March 23, 2011)

* Rerelease 0.14 to properly set required Jenkins version

Release 0.14 (March 12, 2011)

* Fixed JENKINS-8559 - CppCheck links to last success or unstable build, even when the current build fails due to CppCheck errors

Release 0.13 (Feb 27, 2011)

* Fixed JENKINS-6990 - List of files not correctly displayed when providing several XML files.

Release 0.11 (Feb 21, 2011)

* Fixed JENKINS-8668 - Publish cppcheck results option not available in Ivy project
* Updated to Jenkins 1.397 API and metadata

Release 0.10.3

* Fixed JENKINS-7448

Release 0.10.2

* Fixed a java.lang.NullPointerException when the file attribute for an error is not specified.

Release 0.10.1

* Integrated JENKINS-6862 fix

Release 0.10

* Fixed JENKINS-6046
* Fixed JENKINS-5983
* Added restriction to view sources only to users who has the 'WORKSPACE' permission.

Release 0.9

* Added backward compatibility with the cppceck plugin 0.6 (except to display source code)
* Added a notification in the updateable list of plugins if a version of the plugin before version 0.7 was installed.

Release 0.8

* An empty source file or a directory as a the value of the file attribute are managed for the cppcheck result file

Release 0.7

* Added the ability to display cppcheck trend for each severity and the sum of all severities
* Fixed JENKINS-4322 (Added the ability to reach source files on a slave node)

Note : this version requires Hudson 1.321+.

Release 0.6

* Some check boxes has been introduced to select the severities for build health
* Migrated to the cppcheck release (1.35)
- The "all" severity is renamed to "possible error"
- The "all style" severity is renamed to "possible style"

Release 0.5.2

* Fixed building on slaves (

Release 0.5.1

* Spelling correction

Release 0.5

* Added remote API for the plug-in results

Release 0.4

* Correction of the ambiguity of the analysis of workspace and module roots

Release 0.3

* Collecting multiple analysis files

Release 0.2

* Added the ability to go through source code
* Added the ability to configure the build status and health

Release 0.1

* Initial Release


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