Getting Started Guide

  • 11/17/2019
  • Public Content

Get Started with
Intel® Inspector
-Linux* 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
  • Ensure you set the EDITOR or VISUAL environment variable to your text editor.
  • Do one of the following to set up your environment:
    • Run one of the following
      • For csh/tcsh users:
        source <inspector-install-dir>/inspxe-vars.csh
      • For bash users:
        source <inspector-install-dir>/
      • The name of this script for the application as part of an
        Intel® oneAPI HPC Toolkit
        Intel® oneAPI IoT Toolkit
        installation is
        instead of
      The default installation path,
      , is below:
      • /opt/intel/
        for root users
      • $HOME/intel/
        for non-root users
    • Add
      to your path.
In some cases, you can also run the
command. The default installation path,
, is below:
  • /opt/intel/
    for root users
  • $HOME/intel/
    for non-root users

Get Started

Follow these steps to get started using the
Intel Inspector
Intel Inspector workflow
Launch the
Intel Inspector
To launch the:
  • Intel Parallel Studio XE
    Intel Inspector
    standalone GUI: Run the
  • Intel System Studio
    Intel Inspector
    standalone GUI: Select
    Intel Inspector
    Launch Intel Inspector
    from the IDE.
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

For More Information

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.
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


Intel's compilers may or may not optimize to the same degree for non-Intel microprocessors for optimizations that are not unique to Intel microprocessors. These optimizations include SSE2, SSE3, and SSSE3 instruction sets and other optimizations. Intel does not guarantee the availability, functionality, or effectiveness of any optimization on microprocessors not manufactured by Intel. Microprocessor-dependent optimizations in this product are intended for use with Intel microprocessors. Certain optimizations not specific to Intel microarchitecture are reserved for Intel microprocessors. Please refer to the applicable product User and Reference Guides for more information regarding the specific instruction sets covered by this notice.

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