PMD VS Spotbugs

Compare PMD vs Spotbugs and see what are their differences.

Spotbugs

SpotBugs is FindBugs' successor. A tool for static analysis to look for bugs in Java code. (by spotbugs)
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PMD Spotbugs
11 14
3,691 2,596
1.9% 2.1%
9.8 9.4
5 days ago 4 days ago
Java Java
GNU General Public License v3.0 or later GNU Lesser General Public License v3.0 only
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PMD

Posts with mentions or reviews of PMD. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-12-14.

Spotbugs

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 2022-01-02.

What are some alternatives?

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

FindBugs - The new home of the FindBugs project

SonarQube - Continuous Inspection

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

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

Checkstyle - 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.

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

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