AbsInt RuleChecker

RuleChecker is a static analyzer that automatically checks your C or C++ code for compliance with MISRA rules, CERT recom­mendations, and other coding guidelines.

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Fast automatic checks for adherence to coding standards

RuleChecker screenshot
RuleChecker screenshot

RuleChecker primarily targets safety-critical embedded applications, but can also be used to analyze any structured programs, handwritten or generated, with complex memory usages, dynamic memory allocation, and recursion.

Supported standards

  • MISRA 2004
  • MISRA 2012
  • MISRA 2012 Amendment 1
  • MISRA 2012 Amendment 2
  • MISRA 2012 Amendment 3
  • MISRA C++:2008
  • MISRA C++:202x-DRAFT
  • SEI CERT Secure C
  • SEI CERT C++
  • MITRE CWE (Common Weakness Enumeration)
  • ISO/IEC TS 17961:2013 (C Secure Coding Rules)
  • ISO/IEC 9899:1999 diagnostics
  • Adaptive AUTOSAR C++14
  • Joint Strike Fighter Air Vehicle C++ Coding Standards
  • HIS metrics
  • Customizable style rules for all C identifiers
  • Your very own in-house coding guidelines (on request)


  • Easy configuration, allowing you to toggle individual rules and even specific aspects of certain rules.
  • Exceptionally fast analyses for complex real-world programs with hundreds of thousands lines of code.
  • Various statistics and code metrics, such as com­ment den­sity or cyclomatic complexity.
    Optional checks for metric thresholds.
  • Interactive graphs, charts, and tables for efficient exploration of the analysis results.
  • Customizable reports for documentation and certification purposes.
  • Batch mode for use in continuous integration frameworks.
    Plugins for TargetLink, Jenkins, Eclipse, and ARM Keil µVision.

  • Seamless integration with the runtime error analyzer Astrée
    to guarantee zero false negatives and minimize false positives on semantical rules.

Qualification support

Your usage of RuleChecker can be qualified according to DO-178B/C, ISO 26262, IEC-61508, EN-50128, IEC-60880, DO-333, IEC-60188, ISO 25119, the FDA Principles of Software Validation, and other safety standards. We offer a special Qualification Support Kit that simplifies and automates the qualification process.

Who uses RuleChecker?

The global automotive supplier Helbako in Germany is using RuleChecker to de­monstrate MISRA compliance of their elec­tronic control software.

MTU Friedrichshafen is using RuleChecker to demonstrate the cor­rectness of con­trol software for emer­gency power gene­rators in power plants.

Bosch Automotive Steering replaced their legacy tools with Astrée and RuleChecker, resulting in significant savings thanks to faster analyses, higher accuracy, and optimized licensing and support costs.

Distalmotion uses RuleChecker on a daily basis for medical device development. It helps the software team to assess and improve the quality and compliance of the code driving Distalmotion’s safety-critical robotic surgery platform.

On the lookout for an SCA tool for their AUTOSAR Adaptive applications for a German OEM, Luxoft found RuleChecker to be the only static analyzer on the market that’s easy to set up on a complex toolchain with a build process partly executed within virtual machines. At Luxoft, RuleChecker validates code compliance with the C++ AUTOSAR Adaptive platform guidelines and HIS metrics, thus elegantly fulfilling their quality targets. It success­fully integrates with a Jenkins CI server where it generates automatic reports for every single change in the code, as well as with multiple AUTOSAR Adaptive toolchains from different vendors.

Moving toward releasing the first MISRA-compliant embedded database system, McObject incorporated RuleChecker into its software production and realized immediate benefits with respect to the stability and traceability of the code.


  • We offer RuleChecker bundled with Astrée, our tool for static runtime error analysis of C and C++ code.
  • RuleChecker as a standalone tool is available from our partner QA Systems, re-branded as QA-MISRA for that purpose.

  • Also available is a bundle of QA-MISRA with Cantata, a tool for automated dynamic unit and integration testing for C and C++.

Cancellation & No Refund Policy

Cancellation: You can cancel your subscription at any time. Please note that we do not provide credit, refunds or prorated billing for any licenses that are cancelled once purchased.

No Return/Refund: All sales are final, there are no refunds.