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Projects Using Valgrind

All the projects on this page use or have used Valgrind, eg. Firefox, OpenOffice, StarOffice, AbiWord, Opera, KDE, GNOME, Qt, libstdc++, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Perl, Python, PHP, Samba, RenderMan, Nasa Mars Lander software, SAS, The GIMP, Ogg Vorbis, Unreal Tournament, Medal of Honour...

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Valgrind has been used as the starting point for various research projects.

  • RISE: this University of New Mexico project used Valgrind to implement randomized instruction set emulation, in order to disrupt binary code injection attacks.
  • Daikon: MIT's invariant detection system uses Valgrind to implement a trace-gathering tool named Kvasir.
  • Taintcheck: CMU's exploit detector and analyser is implemented as a Valgrind tool.
  • taintgrind: A second Valgrind taint analysis tool. taintgrind is based on Flayer. More details can be found in this paper.

Office Software

  • OpenOffice: an open source multi-platform office productivity suite. (Examples of bugs found.)
  • StarOffice: a commercial multi-platform office productivity suite, based on OpenOffice.
  • AbiWord: a multi-platform, full-featured and ultra-efficient word processor.
  • KOffice: a multi-application, integrated office suite.
  • Gnumeric: a replacement for proprietary spreadsheets.
  • Evolution: integrated email, calendar, scheduling, contact management and task-list system.
  • Mozilla Thunderbird: a powerful email and newsgroup client derived from the Mozilla suite.
  • Krita: a painting and image editing application.

Web Browsers

  • Mozilla: web application suite, for browsing, email, IRC chat and HTML editing.
  • Mozilla Firefox: a lean, fast web browser derived from the Mozilla suite.
  • Opera: a fast, multi-platform web browser.
  • Konqueror: a web browser, file manager, and universal document viewing application.
  • Galeon: a web browser for GNOME that uses Mozilla's rendering engine.
  • Embrowser: a small extensible web browser for internet appliances.

Databases and Search Engines

  • MySQL: the World's most popular open source database. (A thank you from MySQL.)
  • PostgreSQL: the World's most advanced open source database.
  • SQLite: The most widely deployed database engine; a self-contained, zero-configuration, serverless in-process library. (Appreciation from SQLite.)
  • Teratext Database System: a terabyte-capable text database.
  • MonetDB: a high performance database supporting complex queries over tables with hundreds of columns and multi-million rows.
  • Natix: a native XML database management system.
  • Teracruz dbAppliance: a database performance monitoring and acceleration tool.
  • Exalead: a search and navigation platform, including search engine, XML processing libraries, and statistical linguistics.
  • Cyberquery: a high performance ad-hoc query and production reporting system.
  • FAST Data Search: an enterprise real-time search and information retrieval system.
  • Xapian: an open source probabilistic information retrieval library.


  • NASA Mars Exploration Rover: navigation and vision systems.
  • Atlas and CMS experiments at CERN's Large Hadron Collider: Data acquisition, reconstruction, analysis, visualisation and simulation software.
  • ROOT: a widely-used data access, analysis and visualisation system.
  • SLURM: A highly scalable cluster resource manager.
  • PACX-MPI: a library for running parallel application on clusters connected through high-speed networks or the internet.
  • SHIPFLOW/Chapman: special purpose software for investigating marine vessel hydrodynamics.
  • Teem: a collection of C libraries for manipulating and visualizing structured scientific data.
  • Free Finite Element Package: numerical libraries for linear finite elements in two dimensions.
  • Cactus: a framework for parallel computation and collaborative code development.
  • Carpet: a mesh refinement driver for Cactus.
  • HarmonyWare: NURBS-based geometry translator tools.
  • MIRA Assembler: a whole genome shotgun and EST sequence assembler.
  • Parma Polyhedra Library: a modern C++ library for the manipulation of convex polyhedra.
  • VXL: C++ Libraries for computer vision research and implementation.
  • Beosim: a Beowulf grid simulator.
  • Zori: a GPL quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) program.
  • Babel: high performance language interoperability for scientific computing.
  • CATHEDRAL: a protein structure comparison algorithm.
  • Cubit: a geometry and mesh generation toolkit.
  • Allegro: a genetic linkage analysis package.
  • GDAL: a multiformat geospatial raster/vector translator library.
  • R: a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics.
  • statist: a small and portable statistics program.
  • MbDyn: a free software multibody dynamics analysis system.
  • Magma: an algebra, number theory, geometry and combinatorics package.
  • McQSAR: a quantitative structure-activity relationships engine used for computer-aided drug design.
  • ObjCryst/Fox: tools for crystal structure determination from X-ray powder diffraction data.
  • CP2K: a molecular simulation package.
  • OMW: a package for tactical maritime surveillance of ships, oil slicks, and sea state from synthetic aperture RADAR satellite imagery.

Graphics and Visualization

  • RenderMan: rendering package used for all of Pixar's movies, The Lord of the Rings, The Matrix Trilogy, the Star Wars prequels, etc.
  • The GIMP: the GNU Image Manipulation Program.
  • Blender: a free open source 3D content creation suite.
  • OpenSG: a portable scenegraph system for creating realtime graphics programs, e.g. for virtual reality applications.
  • EQUINOX-3D: a modeling, animation and renderering suite for 3D graphics on Linux and Unix.
  • BrainVISA / Anatomist: a visualization tool for brain mapping, dedicated to structural data browsing.
  • VTK: an open source software system for 3D computer graphics, image processing, and visualization.
  • Coin: a multi-platform scene graph library for realtime 3D graphics.
  • ParaView: a visualizer for large data sets.
  • KolourPaint: an easy-to-use paint program for KDE.
  • GraphicsMagick: a collection of utilities, libraries, and scripting interfaces for performing image processing.
  • 3Delight: A fast RenderMan-compliant renderer.
  • Leptonica: An open source C library for efficient image processing and image analysis operations.
  • Insight Toolkit: ITK is an open source software system to support the Visible Human Project.


  • ASPECT: a data stream monitoring and visualization tool, for simulation analysis.
  • FlightGear: an open source, multi-platform, cooperative flight simulator.
  • SimGear: building-block libraries for quickly assembling 3D simulations, games, and visualization applications.
  • Gadget: An open source modelling framework, used to simulate and optimise statistical marine ecosystem models.
  • BeoSim: a multi-cluster computational grid simulator for parallel job scheduling research.

Programming Language Implementations

  • Perl: a general-purpose programming language; the duct-tape of the internet.
  • Python: an interpreted, interactive, object-oriented programming language.
  • PHP: a web-oriented scripting language.
  • Mono: a free implementation of the .NET development framework.
  • LLVM: a compiler infrastructure.
  • Pike: a dynamic programming language with powerful built-in data types allowing simple and fast data manipulation.
  • ST200 VLIW C compiler: the STMicroelectronics ST200 VLIW production C compiler.
  • Cyberscreen: a fourth generation language and rapid application development environment.
  • Lava: an experimental OO programming language implementation, including a structure editor.
  • Aikido: an interpreted prototyping and scripting language with a syntax that resembles C++ and Java.
  • DParser: a scannerless GLR parser/generator.
  • Qore: a dynamically-typed object-oriented language designed for interfacing, embedding logic in applications, and SMP scalability (released under the LGPL).
  • Lush: an object-oriented programming language designed for researchers, experimenters, and engineers interested in large-scale numerical and graphic applications.

Development Tools

  • GNU ddd: a graphical front-end for GDB, DBX, WDB, Ladebug, JDB, XDB, bashdb, and the Perl, Python and PHP debuggers.
  • OProfile: a system-wide, kernel- and user-space profiler for Linux.
  • Monotone: a free, distributed version control system.
  • Squish: a cross-platform automated GUI testing framework for Qt/C++ applications.
  • Dart: an open source, distributed, software quality system.
  • CMake: a cross-platform, open source make system.
  • eboxy: a tool for creating graphical user interfaces for set-top boxes.
  • Umbrello: a UML modeller.
  • Zero: a flexible debugger for C and C++ applications on Linux.

Development Environments and Libraries

  • KDE: an open source graphical desktop environment for Unix workstations.
  • GNOME: a desktop environment and developer platform for Unix and Linux systems.
  • libstdc++: the GNU C++ standard library.
  • Qt by Trolltech: a multi-platform, C++ application development framework.
  • uClibc: a compact C library for embedded systems.
  • libxml2/libxslt: GNOME's multi-platform XML C parser and toolkit.
  • Boost C++ libraries: a collection of portable C++ source libraries.
  • Smieciuch++: a precise garbage collector library for C++.
  • XPLC: lightweight cross-platform components to aid software extension and reuse.
  • LibVNCServer: a free library which makes it fun to write a server that connects to VNCViewer.
  • FOX Toolkit: a platform-independent C++ toolkit for developing graphical user interface applications.
  • gtk2-perl: a set of perl bindings for Gtk+ 2.x and various related libraries.
  • VR Juggler: an open source library for developing cross platform virtual reality applications.
  • Mini-XML: a small XML parsing library.
  • Fast Light Toolkit (FLTK): a cross-platform C++ GUI toolkit for UNIX, Linux, Windows and MacOS X.
  • Opie: a graphical user environment for PDAs and other Linux devices.
  • iwear: a multi-library framework for mobile computers.
  • xynth: an embedded and portable windowing system.


  • Ogg Vorbis: a toolset for the high-quality, MP3-style patent-free audio codec.
  • Icecast: a streaming audio server, used for internet radio and similar applications.
  • Rosegarden: a MIDI and audio sequencer and notation editor.
  • Mixxx: digital DJ software.
  • AIDO: a home entertainment media system, complete with servers, clients, and protocols, handling any TV-presentable content.
  • Kdenlive: video editing suite.
  • amaroK: a KDE media player.
  • Speex: a patent-free voice codec.
  • libcdio: the GNU compact disc input and control library.
  • VCDImager: a full-featured mastering suite for video CDs and super video CDs.
  • FLAC: A free lossless audio codec.
  • Buzztard: A modular "Tracker"-style audio sequencer.
  • Ardour: A digital audio workstation.
  • libsndfile: a library for reading/writing sound files.
  • libsamplerate: an audio sample rate converter.
  • Annodex: an open source system for video surfing.


  • Samba: an open source suite providing seamless file and print services to SMB/CIFS clients.
  • Common UNIX Printing System (CUPS): a portable printing layer for UNIX-based operating systems.
  • Xinetd: a secure and powerful replacement for inetd, the internet services daemon.
  • ntop: a network traffic probe that shows network usage.
  • Prelude IDS: a hybrid intrusion detection system for network/host security.
  • SynCE: a WinCE communications layer.
  • Gutenprint: printer drivers for use with Ghostscript, CUPS, Foomatic, and The GIMP.
  • NX: X Window compression software.
  • Xsupplicant: an 802.1X client for Linux.
  • ICPLD: A network connection performance monitor.
  • RIOT: The friendly operating system for the Internet of Things.



  • Squid: a full-featured web proxy cache.
  • PowerDNS: a modern, advanced and high performance authoritative-only nameserver.
  • Pan: a newsreader supporting offline newsreading, article filtering, and multiple connections.
  • Psi: a cross-platform Jabber client designed for the Jabber power user.
  • GNUnet: a secure peer-to-peer file sharing framework.
  • Gtk-Gnutella: a P2P application for the Gnutella network that aims for high uptimes.
  • ripMIME: an email decoding engine and library.
  • Bidwatcher: an eBay auction listing tracker.
  • QSF: a small fast statistical spam filter.
  • JMBA: a junk mail buffering agent (email challenge/response system).
  • URL filter: a URL database and internet filter.
  • Polipo: a small and fast caching web proxy.
  • libSPF: Sender Policy Framework (SPF) library employing a form of SMTP anti-forgery.
  • MyServer: a powerful and easy to configure web server.


  • Yahoo! Messenger: a free instant messaging service.
  • naim: an instant messaging console client for AIM, ICQ, IRC, and The lily CMC.
  • Kadu: an IM client for the Gadu-Gadu network.
  • InspIRCd: a modular C++ IRC server.
  • GNU Gatekeeper: a free H.323 gatekeeper to manage VoIP networks.


  • SAS: a 25 MLOC integrated data management, business intelligence and analysis system.
  • SmartASR: a billing system.


  • Eurocontrol's ETFMS: air traffic flow management for Europe; and IFPS: a flight plan validation and distribution system for all flights flying in/over Europe.
  • Dia: a diagram creator, particularly suited to drawing simple circuit diagrams, and more.
  • SportVision: various tools for virtual enhancements to live TV sports broadcasts.
  • ChipVision ORINOCO: a tool to estimate the power dissipation of hardware/ASIC designs. (ChipVision seems to have been active from 2008 to 2010).
  • xmlBlaster: a publish/subscribe and PtP message oriented middleware with easy access from C, C++, Java, Perl, Python.
  • Papaya: a GTK+-2.0 MUD client for UNIX and Windows.
  • LibMSWrite: a free, platform-independent library that reads and writes the MS Write 3.0/3.1 document format.
  • Mnet: a distributed file store.
  • Speed Dragon Tools: programming tools for the Speed Dragon ISDN PBX.
  • libExtractor: a library for extracting metadata from files.
  • MICO: a freely available and fully compliant C++ implementation of the CORBA standard.
  • Citadel: An open source, standalone, groupware and collaboration server.
  • ArahWeave: a dobby and jacquard weaving CAD/CAM program.
  • Survex: an open source cave-surveying software package.
  • xfce4-xmms2-client: a GUI client for xmms2.
  • ClamAV: an open source (GPL) anti-virus toolkit for UNIX, designed especially for e-mail scanning on mail gateways.

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