Both pre-compiled binary distribution and local build bundle should end up with an OCLint release with which file tree similar to this:

|-----<llvm/clang version>

Even without installation, oclint is able to be invoked directly from bin directory now.

In order to ease the invocation, it’s recommended to add OCLint’s bin folder to system PATH, the environment variable that tells system which directories to search for executable files.

Option 1: Directly Adding to PATH

Following code snippet is an example for the .bashrc or .bash_profile file that is sourced when terminal launches.


Option 2: Homebrew Tap

macOS users can install our homebrew tap

Option 3: Copying OCLint to System PATH

A few directories are supposed to be in the system PATH already, to mention a few, /usr/local/bin, /usr/bin, /bin, etc. Therefore, it’s also possible to copy the OCLint binaries into one of these folders, and move the dependencies over. As an example, presumes /usr/local/bin is in the PATH (may require root permission).

  1. cp bin/oclint* /usr/local/bin/
  2. cp -rp lib/* /usr/local/lib/
  3. cp -rp include/* /usr/local/include/

Dependency libraries are required to be put into appropriate directory, because oclint executable searches $(/path/to/bin/oclint)/../lib/clang, $(/path/to/bin/oclint)/../include/c++, $(/path/to/bin/oclint)/../lib/oclint/rules and $(/path/to/bin/oclint)/../lib/oclint/reporters for builtin headers and dynamic libraries by default.


Since you are making changes to the system PATH directly, please be advised that it may break the dependencies for other tools or system libraries. If you don’t have confidence, please use other installation options.

Verifying Installation

Open a new terminal prompt, and execute oclint directly from there and expect message similar to below:

$ oclint
oclint: Not enough positional command line arguments specified!
Must specify at least 1 positional arguments: See: oclint -help

That’s it – if OCLint is pretty new to you, tutorial would lead you by applying the tool to a sample code, and explaining a few concepts along the way.