Featured Webinar: Unveiling Parasoft C/C++test CT for Continuous Testing & Compliance Excellence | Watch Now

C and C++ Testing Tools & Solutions

Parasoft’s comprehensive C and C++ testing tools and solutions streamline and enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of C/C++ software development, testing, and standards compliance.

Ensure Quality and Security With C/C++ Testing Tools

Our C/C++ testing tools empower developers to ensure quality, safety, and security throughout the software development life cycle, providing robust testing capabilities to detect and prevent potential issues.

Verify Code Quality With Static Analysis

Automatically identify defects, security vulnerabilities, and ensure adherence to coding standards with powerful static analysis.

Jump to: Static Analysis »

Conduct Comprehensive Unit Testing

Thoroughly assess the functionality and performance of individual code units, ensuring robustness and reliability throughout the SDLC.

Jump to: Unit Testing »

Comprehensive Testing With Code Coverage

Ensure testing completeness and enable thorough evaluation of software functionality, safety, and security to deliver superior products and enhance customer satisfaction.

Jump to: Code Coverage »

Automate Requirements Traceability

Seamlessly track and link requirements to test cases across the SDLC to ensure software verification and alignment between specifications and implementation.

Jump to: Traceability »

Runtime Analysis for Optimization

In-depth runtime analysis detects memory leaks, memory corruption, buffer overflows, and other unpredictable behavior like security vulnerabilities.

Jump to: Runtime Analysis »

Security Testing for Robust Defense

Fortify software against threats and vulnerabilities with static analysis, dynamic analysis, and code coverage testing for C/C++ code.

Jump to: Security »

Ensure Functional Safety & Compliance Standards

Automate verification and validation requirements outlined by industry standards such as ISO 26262, IEC 61508, EN 50128, and more.

Jump to: Compliance »

Reporting & Analytics for Insights

Meet all deadlines. Monitor and control your software development, quality, and compliance processes. Seamlessly generate standards-oriented reports.

Jump to: Reporting »

Enhance Code Quality With Static Analysis

C and C++ development teams can thoroughly analyze their codebase for potential defects, security vulnerabilities, and adherence to coding standards using Parasoft C/C++test.

How It Works

Our static analysis solution aids C/C++ software development organizations in satisfying regulatory coding compliance standards related to safety, security, and reliability. C/C++test’s static analysis seamlessly integrates into the developers’ preferred IDEs, like VS Code or Eclipse, and into modern CI/CD development pipelines. Leveraging sophisticated algorithms to detect potential vulnerabilities, memory leaks, and critical issues, our solution ensures compliance with coding standards.

Using a combination of pattern recognition, rule-based analysis, data and control flow analysis, and metrics analysis, C/C++test offers comprehensive coverage in identifying critical issues, potential pitfalls, and areas for improvement. Teams can tailor and create custom rules or configurations to align with specific project requirements or compliance mandates such as MISRA, CERT, AUTOSAR C++ 14, and more.

Once integrated into the development workflow, our unified C/C++ testing tool can ensure continuous testing at every stage of development, from initial code commits to final deployment. This automation of risk mitigation optimizes productivity and enhances the overall quality of software projects.

“MISRA”, “MISRA C” and the triangle logo are registered trademarks of The MISRA Consortium Limited. ©The MISRA Consortium Limited, 2021. All rights reserved.

Screenshot of C/C++test MISRA C 2023 static analysis configuration window.

Conduct Unit Testing for Quality Assurance

Our C/C++ unit testing solutions provide development teams with a comprehensive framework for seamless test creation, execution, and regression capabilities. Powerful stubbing and mocking frameworks with IDE integration enable developers to focus on code quality and expedite project delivery.

How It Works

C and C++ developers and testers can streamline unit testing processes by automating unit test creation, including mocks, stubs, and assertions, to effectively isolate the unit under test and ensure flawless test case operation. 

Effortlessly create or automatically generate unit tests using the Test Case Explorer, intuitive graphical UI, or a user friendly wizard. Automatic stub generation for missing or undefined functions isolates code units and eases the testing process. By conducting unit testing at various levels—like project, file, and function—with informative views, teams quickly identify and resolve issues. 

Teams can also execute unit tests on target hardware to meet stringent safety-critical requirements. To accommodate diverse open source unit testing deployments, C/C++test CT seamlessly integrates with popular unit testing frameworks like GoogleTest, Boost.Test, CppUnit, and custom solutions to incorporate code coverage.

Comprehensive unit test reports aid in satisfying compliance demands. Advanced analytics in collaboration with Parasoft DTP enable interactive reports and seamless bidirectional requirements traceability with ALM/REQ solutions, enhancing overall testing efficiency and effectiveness.

Screenshot of C/C++test with various unit testing window perspectives.

Ensure Comprehensive Testing With Code Coverage

Ensure thorough testing, fulfill regulatory requirements, reduce risks, and improve security assurance with Parasoft’s code coverage solutions for C/C++ development. Verify that every line of code has been tested to reduce the likelihood of undetected defects causing system failures.

How It Works

Employ a blend of techniques to ensure code coverage for embedded safety and security-critical applications meet compliance standards. Code instrumentation is central to this effort, which involves integrating additional code into the user codebase to track the execution of statements, branches, and MC/DC code structures. Oftentimes, code coverage must be gathered directly from the target hardware, which our solutions do. 

Together with Parasoft DTP, our C/C++ code coverage solutions collect coverage metrics and produce documentation that’s indispensable for safety-critical applications. Generated reports detail each line of code’s execution status, whether fully, partially, or not covered. This data serves as a critical reference for development teams and certification auditors, facilitating the assessment of code coverage compliance. 

It’s imperative that code coverage analysis tools are TÜV certified for use in safety-critical applications, like C/C++test, C/C++test CT*, and DTP.

*Certification expected Q3 2024.

Screenshot of C/C++test with code highlighted in green, red, or yellow to indicate test coverage.

Automate Requirements Traceability

Simplify the process of linking test cases to the requirements they verify with automation. Leverage our C and C++ development testing solutions to produce a requirements traceability matrix that proves all requirements were tested.

How It Works

Parasoft C/C++ testing solutions establish a connection to Parasoft DTP and from DTP to the application life cycle management (ALM) or requirements management tool that houses requirements. 

The requirements traceability process begins by importing requirements from the ALM solution into DTP. Requirements can then flow into C/C++test, establishing bidirectional traceability between test cases and down to the code if desired. 

While different implementations exist for C/C++test CT through its CLI interface, it also links test cases to requirements for bidirectional traceability.

Our C/C++ testing solutions facilitate seamless linking between test cases and requirements by annotating each appropriate test case with its corresponding unique requirement ID. The traceability is used to create a requirements traceability matrix, identify any missing gaps, and ensure that each requirement is adequately validated.

Read Blog: Requirements Management and the Traceability Matrix »


Screenshot of DTP requirements to test cases traceability table.

Perform Runtime Analysis to Optimize Performance

Optimize C and C++ code by performing runtime analysis to detect runtime defects, stability issues, and security vulnerabilities like memory leaks, null pointers, and buffer overflows.

How It Works

Parasoft C/C++test can instrument an application’s codebase to activate monitoring when the application is running, identifying serious defects, stability issues, and security vulnerabilities, such as:

  • Memory leaks
  • Memory corruption
  • Reading uninitialized memory
  • Accessing memory using an out-of-range pointer, for example, buffer overflows
  • Accessing memory using a null pointer
  • Using free() on an invalid pointer



Screenshot of C/C++test test configuration window with runtime build application with memory monitoring options.
Screenshot of C/C++test test configuration window with general execution mode options.

The runtime analysis capabilities provide predefined test configurations to support both native and embedded applications with C-style memory allocations (malloc/free). The analysis can be performed during unit and integration testing to validate specific scenarios and execution paths and during system testing to monitor the fully integrated application.

Defects found during runtime testing appear directly in the developer’s IDE and are correlated with other test results and quality metrics, such as code coverage or static analysis findings, for a complete picture of the tested application, making it easier to understand the root cause of runtime defects.

Watch Webinar: Simplify Software Testing on Target Hardware »

Ensure Security Testing for Robust Defense

A comprehensive security testing process evaluates software systems to detect and mitigate vulnerabilities that could compromise their integrity, confidentiality, and availability. Our systematic analysis and testing solutions enable security testers to identify weaknesses and loopholes in software architecture, design, and implementation.

How It Works

Ensuring software security requires a systematic approach across the SDLC. Here’s what to do:

  1. Conduct a thorough threat analysis. Examine the system’s architecture, design, and implementation for potential vulnerabilities.
  2. For implementation, the first line of defense is adopting secure coding standards such as CERT C/C++ or MISRA C/C++. 
  3. Apply Parasoft C/C++test for static code analysis to guide development and identify common security pitfalls like buffer overflows, null pointer dereferences, use of insecure libraries, and more.
  4. Teams can perform dynamic code analysis to validate the correct implementation of security requirements using our solution, which entails various methods, like unit, integration, system, and regression testing. Utilizing C/C++test or C/C++test CT code coverage, teams ensure comprehensive testing of all implemented security features.
  5. Maintain traceability and accountability by establishing clear links between your security test cases and the requirements they validate using C/C++test or C/C++test CT. 

By integrating these practices into the software development process, teams fortify their software’s security posture, reducing the likelihood of security vulnerabilities and exploits.

Screenshot of C/C++test CERT static analysis configuration window.

Achieve Compliance With Functional Safety Standards

Organizations can leverage Parasoft’s testing solutions for C/C++ software to ensure their products meet the stringent verification and validation requirements set forth by industry standards such as ISO 26262, IEC 61508, and more.

Screenshot of DTP FDA Compliance dashboard containing code quality metrics.

How It Works

Achieving compliance with functional safety standards requires meticulous adherence to rigorous regulations and guidelines. It’s essential to understand the specific functional safety standards applicable to your industry and product, for example, ISO 26262 for automotive or IEC 61508 for general industrial applications.

Conduct a gap analysis to identify where current development processes and practices fall short of the standard’s requirements. Understanding what needs to be addressed to achieve compliance helps teams put processes and procedures in place that align with the requirements of the functional safety standard. This may involve establishing new practices for requirements management, risk analysis, testing, validation, and verification. Achieving compliance with security standards is no different.

Our solutions ensure proper and thorough testing, verification, and validation through:

  • Static analysis
  • Dynamic analysis
  • Structural code coverage
  • Requirements traceability

Comprehensive documentation throughout the development process provides evidence of compliance. It includes requirements specifications, risk assessments, test reports, and usually tool certification like Parasoft’s TÜV SÜD certificates.

By integrating functional safety practices into the SDLC, teams achieve compliance and ensure product safety and reliability.

Screenshot of C/C++test CT running on VS Code editor showing Google Test unit test cases and links to Jira XRay requirements.

Gain Insights With Reporting & Analytics

Satisfy compliance demands and manage application quality by automatically aggregating and analyzing test results, then producing the necessary reports to comply with industry standards.

Screenshot of the DTP Application Coverage dashboard with widget metrics on code coverage, unit testing, manual testing and trends.

How It Works

Parasoft’s reporting and analytics platform, DTP, automatically imports the following software test results produced by C/C++test and C/C++test CT as part of the development workflow:

  • Static analysis
  • Unit testing
  • Code coverage
  • Requirements traceability   

DTP integrates with requirement management solutions like Jama, Codebeamer, Polarion and Jira to help fulfill compliance verification needs in requirements traceability. DTP’s dashboard highlights: 

  • Progress towards compliance 
  • Areas needing additional testing 
  • Overall quality of the application 


Visual charts and trends provide teams with an easy way to prioritize efforts based on coverage gaps and critical functionality. Teams can quickly assemble custom views reflecting their quality process with a flexible drag-and-drop dashboard that provides 50+ categorized and color-coded out-of-the-box widgets.

Automatic documentation generation reduces the administrative load associated with demonstrating compliance. DTP holds certification from TÜV SÜD for safety-related software development, which streamlines the tool qualification process, eliminating the need for additional testing and verification efforts required to qualify uncertified tools.

Screenshot of a code coverage report in GitHubPages produced by C/C++test CT.