Get Started Guide

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  • 04/16/2021
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Get Started with
Intel® Inspector
-Windows* OS

Intel® Inspector
is a dynamic memory and threading error checking tool for users developing serial and multithreaded applications on Windows* and Linux* operating systems. This topic is part of a
Getting Started
document that summarizes an end-to-end workflow you can apply to your applications.


You can use the
Intel Inspector
to analyze memory and threading errors in both debug and release modes of C++ and Fortran binaries. To build applications that produce the most accurate and complete
Intel Inspector
analysis results:
  • Build your application in debug mode.
  • Use optimal compiler/linker settings. For more information, see .
  • Ensure your application creates more than one thread before you run threading analyses.
In addition:
  • Verify your application runs outside the
    Intel Inspector
  • Run the
    command. .
    The default installation path,
    , is below
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Intel\oneAPI\inspector
    (on certain systems, instead of
    Program Files (x86)
    , the directory name is
    Program Files
    Setting up your environment is necessary only if you plan to use the
    command to launch the
    Intel Inspector
    standalone GUI interface or the
    command to run the command line interface.

Get Started

Follow these steps to get started using the
Intel Inspector
Intel Inspector workflow
Launch the
Intel Inspector
To launch the:
  • Intel Inspector
    standalone GUI: Run the
    or from the Microsoft Windows*
    All Apps
    screen, select
    Intel Inspector [version]
  • Intel Inspector
    plug-in to the Visual Studio* IDE: Open your solution in the Visual Studio* IDE and click the icon.
To launch the command line interface: Run the
command. (To get help, append
to the command line.)
Choose/Create Project
Intel Inspector
is based on a project paradigm and requires that you create or open a project to enable analysis features.
Think of an analysis project as a:
  • Compiled application
  • Collection of configurable attributes, including suppression rules and search directories
  • Container for analysis results
For more information, see .
Configure Project
Data set size and workload have a direct impact on application execution time and analysis speed.
For best results, choose small, representative data sets that create threads with minimal to moderate work per thread.
Your objective: In as short a runtime period as possible, execute as many paths and the maximum number of tasks (parallel activities) as you can afford, while minimizing the redundant computation within each task to the bare minimum needed for good code coverage.
Data sets that run a few seconds are ideal. Create additional data sets to ensure all your code is inspected.
Configure Analysis
Intel Inspector
offers a range of preset memory and threading analysis types (as well as custom analysis types) to help you control analysis scope and cost. The narrower the scope, the lighter the load on the system. The wider the scope, the larger the load on the system.
Use analysis types iteratively. Start with a narrow scope to verify your application is set up correctly and set expectations for analysis duration. Widen the scope only if you need more answers and you can tolerate the increased cost.
Run Analysis
When you run an analysis, the
Intel Inspector
  • Executes your application.
  • Identifies issues that may need handling.
  • Collects those issues in a result.
  • Converts symbol information into filenames and line numbers.
  • Applies suppression rules.
  • Performs duplicate elimination.
  • Forms problem sets.
  • Depending on your analysis configuration options, may launch an interactive debugging session.
For more information, see .
Choose Problems
During analysis, the
Intel Inspector
displays problems in the order detected. After analysis is complete, the
Intel Inspector
  • Groups detected problems into problem sets (but still provides visibility into individual problems and problem occurrences).
  • Prioritizes the problem sets.
  • Offers filtering to help you focus on those problem sets that require your attention.
Summary window
For more information, see .
Interpret Result Data and Resolve Issues
Use the following
Intel Inspector
features to enhance your productivity:
During Analysis/After Analysis Is Complete
Interpret result data.
Explain Problem Help
  • During analysis
  • After analysis is complete
Focus only on those issues that require your attention.
Severity Levels
For more information, see .
  • During analysis
  • After analysis is complete
For more information, see .
After analysis is complete
Suppression rules
After analysis is complete
Resolve issues.
Direct access to a default editor
  • During analysis
  • After analysis is complete

Learn More

An excellent overall resource for novice, intermediate, and advanced users, this page includes links to guides, release notes, videos, featured topics, training samples, and more.
Contain up-to-date information about the
Intel Inspector
, including a description, technical support, and known limitations. This document also contains system requirements, installation instructions, and instructions for setting up the command line environment.
Help you learn to use the
Intel Inspector
. After you copy a training sample compressed file to a writable directory, use a suitable tool to extract the contents.
To load a training sample into the Visual Studio* environment, double-click the
Training samples help you learn to use the
Intel Inspector
. Training samples are installed as individual compressed files under
. After you copy a training sample compressed file to a writable directory, use a suitable tool to extract the contents. Extracted contents include a short README that describes how to build the training sample and fix issues.
To load a training sample into the Visual Studio* environment, double-click the
Tutorials show you how to find and fix uninitialized memory access, memory leak, and data race errors using C++ and Fortran training samples.
User Guide
is the primary documentation for the
Intel Inspector
More Resources

Product and Performance Information


Performance varies by use, configuration and other factors. Learn more at