This topic explains how to install the standalone version of C++test (which is built upon the Eclipse framework) on a Linux system.

The section includes:

About Multi-user Installations

Each instance of Eclipse creates and writes to a configuration folder. If multiple instances of Eclipse/C++test are running in parallel, data corruption may occur. Eclipse provides a number of strategies for initializing the Eclipse configuration area in order to support multi-user installations.

The shared configuration described below is the recommended installation scenario implementing a multi-user installation of C++test. Refer to the Eclipse documentation for additional information.

Shared Configuration (Recommended)

In this scenario, users share not only an install area but also a master configuration area. By default, users must still have their own private writable configuration areas. A user's private configuration area is cascaded to the master configuration and will not contain any interesting data if the master configuration has been fully initialized and no changes to the set of plugins to be installed has occurred.

In this scenario, the system administrator initializes the master configuration (typically under the install location), and ensures the whole install and configuration areas are read-only to users. When users run the Eclipse-based product from the shared install location, since they do not have write access privileges to the configuration area under the install area, a local configuration area will be automatically computed and initialized.

Shared Installation

In this scenario, a single install area is shared by many users. The 'configuration' directory under the install area is home only to the config.ini as shipped with the product (it is not initialized). Every user has their own local standalone configuration location. This scenario requires making the install area read-only for regular users. When users start Eclipse, this causes the configuration area to automatically default to a directory under the user home dir.


System Requirements

In most cases, C++test needs to invoke the compiler and linker in order to perform static analysis and runtime testing tasks, which commonly involve preprocessing, compiling, and linking programs.

To access C++test’s full functionality, the machine where C++test is run must have the complete development environment and compiler tool chain.

Other Requirements


To install the standalone version of C++test on a Linux system:

  1. Copy the distribution file to the target location.
  2. Unpack the installation script using the appropriate command(s):
  3. Execute the following command to run the installation script:
  4. When the script requests confirmation, confirm that C++test should be installed in the current directory.

  5. Follow the additional instructions given by the installation script.

C++test will be installed in the current  directory.

Following the installation, set your path to include the installation location of C++test (unless you prefer to start C++test GUI with the full path /install/directory/path/cpptest).


For C++test to autodetect compiler and makefile settings, the necessary executables (compiler/linker, makefile, etc.) must be correctly configured. "Correctly configured" means different things for different compilers, but it typically involves ensuring that the executable is on the PATH.

To launch the standalone:

After Eclipse is launched, you should see a Parasoft menu added to the Eclipse menu bar. If you do not see this menu, choose Window> Open Perspective> Other, select C++test, then click OK.

If you suspect that C++test is not properly installed, see Troubleshooting and FAQs for help resolving some common installation problems.


The license is configured through the centralized licensing framework (Parasoft> Preferences> Parasoft> Licenses). For details, see Licensing.