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

The section includes:


System Requirements

In most cases, C/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/C++test’s full functionality, the machine where C++test is run must have the complete development environment and compiler tool chain.

Other Requirements

For details on running multiple instances of Eclipse with C/C++test in parallel see Multi-user Installations.


To install the standalone version of C/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/C++test should be installed in the current directory.

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

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

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


For C/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/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.