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Developer(s) Bill Pugh and David Hovemeyer
Initial release 10 June 2006 (2006-06-10)[1]
Stable release 3.0.1 / March 6, 2015 (2015-03-06)
Written in Java
Operating system Cross-platform
Type Static code analysis
License Lesser GNU General Public License

FindBugs is an open source static code analyser created by Bill Pugh and David Hovemeyer which detects possible bugs in Java programs.[2][3][4] Potential errors are classified in four ranks: (i) scariest, (ii) scary, (iii) troubling and (iv) of concern. This is a hint to the developer about their possible impact or severity.[5] FindBugs operates on Java bytecode,[4] rather than source code. The software is distributed as a stand-alone GUI application. There are also plug-ins available for Eclipse,[6] NetBeans,[7] IntelliJ IDEA,[8][9][10] Gradle, Hudson[11] and Jenkins.[12]

Additional rule sets can be plugged in FindBugs to increase the set of checks performed.[13]

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ FindBugs, Part 1: Improve the quality of your code
  3. ^ FindBugs, Part 2: Writing custom detectors
  4. ^ a b Static Code Analysis
  5. ^
  6. ^ Eclipse plug-in (for Eclipse 3.6 and onwards)
  7. ^ NetBeans plug-in (from 7.2 onwards)
  8. ^ idea-findbugs plug-in
  9. ^ FindBugs-IDEA – The FindBugs Plugin for IntelliJ IDEA
  10. ^ QAPlug-FindBugs plug-in
  11. ^
  12. ^
  13. ^

External links

  • Official website
  • Manual
  • List of bug patterns
  • fb-contrib: additional bug detectors for FindBugs
  • FindSecurityBugs: additional security-oriented bug detectors for FindBugs
  • FindBugs-IDEA – The FindBugs Plugin for IntelliJ IDEA
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