You can customize reports by configuring the settings in the .properties file (see Configuration Overview). This section describes examples of how your reports can be configured. See Report Settings for a complete list of settings that allow you to customize your reports to your needs.

Specifying Report Output Location

You can configure the location of reports with the report.location property. For example:


Alternatively, you can specify the output directory for reports with the -report switch. For example:

cpptestcli -report /home/reports/html

Specifying Report Format

By default, an HTML report is generated. You can generate a PDF report or a report with a custom extension to the specified directory by setting the report.format property. For example:


Generating a .csv Report

  1. Ensure that the project was already analyzed with C/C++test and thatthecpptest.bdffileexists (see above).
  2. Create an empty configuration file ( and add the following line:
  3. Run code analysis and specify the configuration file with the -settings switch:

    cpptestcli -config "builtin://Recommended Rules" -compiler gcc_3_4 -settings -input cpptest.bdf

C/C++test will perform the following tasks:

  1. Run the analysis as described above
  2. Report results to the output console
  3. Create an additional report.csvresult file

Support for Custom Report Formats

You can customize locally-generated and emailed reports by building a custom XSL transformer that specifies how you want the results formatted. For instance, you could use a custom transformer to map data into the format you need to demonstrate compliance to an internal security policy.

To specify a custom report format, you need to:

  1. Create an XSL file that specifies how you want to transform the XML data.
  2. Specify the location of the XSL file, as well as the extension that should be assigned to the resulting file by configuring the following settings in your .property file:
    report.custom.xsl.file=<path to the XSL file>
    report.custom.extension=<extension of the resulting file>

    If you perform analysis from your IDE, you can specify the the location of the XSL file and the extension of the resulting file on the Reports preference page; see Generating Reports.

Available Parameters

The following parameters can be used in custom XSL files:

report_type=disk_report|email_reportDetermines if the generated report will be sent by email or saved on the local disk drive. 

The command line that was used to start the product that generated this report. Example:

cpptestcli: -config dtp:// -localsettings /home/nightly/ -publish -report /home/nightly/reports/report.html -resource myproject -dtp.autoconfig [email protected]:8080


The name of the test configuration that was executed to produce this report.
Example: Recommended Rules


The directory where the report is created. This can be used to generate developer reports.

Example: <xsl:value-of select="concat($output_dir,$dev_reports_prefix,$authid,'.csv')"/> 


The directory where rules documentation is saved. This can be used to generate rule popups/links.

Example: <xsl:value-of select="concat('javascript:openWin(',$qt,$rules_dir_path,$id,'.html',$qt,')')"/> 

suppr_msgs=true|falseThe value of the report.suppressed_msgs option. See Report Settings details.
dev_errors=true|falseThe value of the report.developer_errors option. See Report Settings details.
dev_reports=true|falseThe value of the report.developer_reports option. See Report Settings details.
show_active_rules=true|falseThe value of the report.active_rules option. See Report Settings details.
associations=true|falseThe value of the report.associations option. See Report Settings details.

The prefix used to name developer reports.

Example: <xsl:value-of select="concat($output_dir,$dev_reports_prefix,$authid,'.csv')"/>

attachments=true|falseThe value of the report.mail.attachments option. See Report Settings details.
authors_details=true|falseThe value of the report.authors_details option. See Report Settings details.
contexts_details=true|falseThe value of the report.contexts_details option. See Report Settings details.
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