Why Static Analysis?

Humans Make Mistakes.

For every 1,000 lines of code, there are between 15 and 50 defects1.

Static analysis can identify those defects, vulnerabilities, and compliance issues as you code. That means you can locate vulnerable code and coding flaws right away. And you can fix them faster, for lower overall costs.

1. "Code Complete: A Practical Handbook of Software Construction" by Steve McConnell

Improve Software Quality


Comply with Coding Standards


Code with Confidence

Reduce Technical Debt

Which Flaws Do Static Analysis Tools Detect?

Coding Rule Violations. Compliance Issues. Security Flaws.

Static analysis inspects your source code — without running programs. It's also known as static code analysis and source code analysis. And tools that do this analysis are often known as code quality tools. 

You can run source code analysis as soon as you’ve written code. And you can use it on legacy code to identify existing errors or establish a baseline.

The code is automatically scanned for vulnerabilities and flaws. And this solution can find errors missed by compilers and manual code reviews.

Typically, source code analysis solutions can generate thousands of diagnostics. But filters, suppressions, and baselines will help you target the most critical defects. So, you’ll be able to fix what needs to be fixed. And you’ll deliver a quality product on time.

How static code analysis works >>

Code quality tools help you find analyze code for errors.

Coding Standards & Compliance Made Easy

With a static analyzer — like Helix QAC — it's easy to comply with coding standards.

Code Quality Tools for DevOps Teams

You can’t wait for your product to be built before you test it. And you don’t have to. Code quality tools from Perforce — like Helix QAC — support DevOps.


  • Find defects as you write code.
  • Improve overall product quality.
  • Collaborate on code across teams.
  • Accelerate release cycles.

Every Code Quality Tool Is Different

Code With Confidence With Helix QAC

Helix QAC is the best code quality tool for static analysis in C and C++ programming languages. It's certified for functional safety compliance by SGS-TÜV, including IEC 61508, ISO 26262, EN 50128, IEC 60880, and IEC 62304.

This static code analyzer automatically enforces coding rules. That’s because our experts know coding standards inside and out. They helped write the MISRA coding standard, created High Integrity C++, and contributed to the AUTOSAR coding standard.

With Helix QAC, you get the deepest possible analysis of code to prevent, detect, and eliminate defects. You’ll find flaws and violations that others miss. And you’ll be able to code with confidence.


Benefits of C/C++ Source Code Analysis

Analyze Millions of Lines of Source Code

Manual code reviews are time-consuming. Helix QAC quickly inspects millions of lines of source code. It identifies defects and vulnerabilities in both legacy and new code. And you’ll be able to scale static analysis as your codebase grows.


Comply With Industry & Coding Standards

Complying with standards is always a challenge. But with static code analysis from Perforce, it’s easy. Your code will comply with coding standards, such as MISRA. And you’ll be able to prove compliance with industry standards, such as ISO 26262.

Write Better Code

Everyone makes mistakes — including developers. Helix QAC reduces mistakes and helps developers write better code. Developers will get contextual feedback as they code. So, they’ll form better coding habits — and your team’s code will be cleaner and more accurate.

Balance Quality and Speed

Producing quality products — and delivering them quickly — is not an easy task. Unless you’re using Helix QAC. By automatically analyzing your code and finding coding errors faster, you’ll accelerate your time-to-market.

Lower the Cost of a Defect

Finding a defect right as you’re about to ship is expensive. Static code analysis solutions help you find defects as you write the code. Errors are easier to fix (and less costly) when you’re still building the product. And you’ll also reduce code rework.


Deliver Reliable Products

Software defects result in unreliable and unsafe products. This can lead to recalls, accidents, and damaged brand reputations. But since static analysis improves the quality of your code, you’ll be able to prevent these defects — and deliver reliable products.


Collaborate Across Teams

Getting developers around the world to stick to the same standard is difficult. But when every developer is using a tool that enforces that coding standard, it’s easy. The result is code that’s easy to maintain, build upon, and introduce to new developers.


Innovate Faster

Innovation suffers when you’re stuck doing manual code reviews. Helix QAC automates code reviews. So, you’ll free up your developers to do what they do best: code. That means faster development speeds — and more room for innovation.

Get Started With Helix QAC

Find out why thousands of developers choose Helix QAC for C and C++ — the best source code analysis and code quality tool.

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