Checkstyle VS Spotbugs

Compare Checkstyle vs Spotbugs and see what are their differences.


Checkstyle is a development tool to help programmers write Java code that adheres to a coding standard. By default it supports the Google Java Style Guide and Sun Code Conventions, but is highly configurable. It can be invoked with an ANT task and a command line program. (by checkstyle)


SpotBugs is FindBugs' successor. A tool for static analysis to look for bugs in Java code. (by spotbugs)
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Checkstyle Spotbugs
9 10
6,457 2,548
2.3% 1.3%
9.8 9.2
about 13 hours ago about 5 hours ago
Java Java
GNU General Public License v3.0 or later GNU Lesser General Public License v3.0 only
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Posts with mentions or reviews of Checkstyle. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-11-27.


Posts with mentions or reviews of Spotbugs. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-10-16.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing Checkstyle and Spotbugs you can also consider the following projects:

FindBugs - The new home of the FindBugs project

SonarJava - :coffee: SonarSource Static Analyzer for Java Code Quality and Security

PMD - An extensible multilanguage static code analyzer.

SonarQube - Continuous Inspection

Error Prone - Catch common Java mistakes as compile-time errors

infer - A static analyzer for Java, C, C++, and Objective-C

Sourcetrail - Sourcetrail - free and open-source interactive source explorer