Code Review Tools

Yesterday I posted twenty reasons to do code reviews, and I promised a list of code review tools. Here they are, in no particular order. I have not used all of them, so I can't comment on their relative merits. If there are some I missed, please leave a comment and I'll update this list.

  • Codestriker Open source, web based, written in perl I think.
  • Code Collaborator Commercial.
  • Review Board Open source, web based, appears to be python/Django.
  • Rietveld Open source from Google. Guido van Rossum's 2nd pass at a code review tool. You get three guesses on the implementation language...
  • Crucible Commercial from Atlassian.

Bottom line: don't try to do this by hand, you'll be wasting a bunch of time packaging patches and tracking defects when a tool can do it automagically for you.

Posted on 2008-12-31 by brian in reviews .


I am with Atlassian. I think you should add Crucible to the list as well. It's a commercial tool; however, it's free for open source projects. It's a power tool that let's you conduct peer code review online with minimal disruption to your development process.

Worth checking out... there's even a free evaluation.

Ken Olofsen
2009-01-05 18:42:36

Ken -

Thanks for the addition. I’ve updated the list.


2009-01-05 19:18:22
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