1. Yannis Smaragdakis
  2. doop



Doop - Framework for Java Pointer Analysis

This document contains instructions for invoking the main driver of Doop. For an introduction to Datalog, please consult Datalog-101. For a more detailed tutorial on using the results of Doop analyses, please consult Doop-101. For an introduction to pointer analysis using Datalog, you can read a research-level tutorial.

Getting Started

At its core, Doop is a collection of various analyses expressed in the form of Datalog rules. The framework has two versions of its rules: one for LogiQL, a Datalog dialect developed by LogicBlox, and another for Soufflé, an open-source Datalog engine for program analysis. For a LogicBlox engine, you can use PA-Datalog, a port available for academic use, by following the instructions found on this page. In order to install an up-to-date version of Soufflé, the best practice is to clone the development Github repo and follow the instructions found on this page.

For trouble-free configuration:

  • The LOGICBLOX_HOME environment variable should point to the logicblox directory of the engine.
  • The DOOP_HOME environment variable should point to the top-level directory of Doop.
  • The DOOP_PLATFORMS_LIB environment variable could point to your PLATFORM lib directory (optional, see below).
  • The DOOP_OUT environment variable could point to the output files directory (optional, defaults to $DOOP_HOME/out).
  • The DOOP_CACHE environment variable could point to the cached facts directory (optional, defaults to $DOOP_HOME/cache).

Benchmarks & Platform Lib

For a variety of benchmarks, you could clone (or download) the doop-benchmarks repository.

One important directory in that repository is JREs. It can be used for the PLATFORMS_LIB environment variable. It contains certain java library files for different JRE versions, necessary for analysis purposes. If you would like to provide a custom PLATFORMS_LIB directory (e.g., to run analyses using different minor versions), you should follow the same file structure. For example, in order to analyze with JRE version 1.6, you need a jre1.6 directory containing at least jce.jar, jsse.jar and rt.jar. In order to run an an analysis on an android apk ideally you could create a link to your android sdk installation. The currently supported structure is Android/Sdk/. Use the --platform-lib option to overwrite the default behavior.

Running Doop

Doop only supports invocations from its home directory. The main options when running Doop are the analysis and the jar(s) options. For example, for a context-insensitive analysis on a jar file we issue:

$ ./doop --platform java_7 -a context-insensitive -i com.example.some.jar

Common command line options

To see the list of available options (and valid argument values in certain cases), issue:

$ ./doop -h

The options will be also shown if you run Doop without any arguments.

The major command line options are the following:

Analysis (-a, --analysis)

Mandatory. The name of the analysis to run.


$ ./doop -a context-insensitive

Input files (-i, --inputs)

Mandatory. The input file(s) to analyse.

The inputs option accepts multiple values and/or can be repeated multiple times.

The value of the input file can be specified in the following manners:

  • provide the relative or absolute path to a local input file.
  • provide the URL of a remote input file.
  • provide the relative or absolute path to a local directory and all its *.jar files will be included.
  • provide a maven-style expression to indicate a Jar file from the Maven central repository.


$ ./doop -i ./lib/asm-debug-all-4.1.jar      [local file]
         -i org.apache.ivy:ivy:2.3.0         [maven descriptor]
         -i ./lib                            [local directory]
         -i http://www.example.com/some.jar  [remote file]
         -i one.jar other.jar                [multiple files separated with a space]

PLATFORM (--platform)

Optional --- default: java_7. The platform to use for the analysis. The possible Java options are java_N where N is the java version (3, 4, 5, 6, 7 etc.). Java 8 is currently not supported. The android options are android_N where N is the Android version (20, 21, 22, 23, 24 etc.)


$ ./doop -a context-insensitive -i com.example.some.jar --platform java_4
$ ./doop -a context-insensitive -i some-app.apk --platform android_24

Main class (--main)

The main class to use as the entry point. This class must declare a method with signature public static void main(String []). If not specified, Doop will try to infer this information from the manifest file of the provided jar file(s).


$ ./doop -a context-insensitive -i com.example.some.jar --main com.example.some.Main

Timeout (-t, --timeout)

Specify the analysis execution timeout in minutes.


$ ./doop -a context-insensitive -i com.example.some.jar -t 120

The above analysis will run for a maximum of 2 hours (120 minutes).

Analysis id (-id, --identifier)

The identifier of the analysis.

If the identifier is not specified, Doop will generate one automatically. Use this option if you prefer to provide a human-friendly identifier to your analysis.


$ ./doop -id myAnalysis

Packages (--regex)

The Java packages to treat as application code (not library code), to be exhaustively analyzed.


$ ./doop --regex com.example.package1.*:com.example.package2.*

Properties file (-p, --properties)

You can specify the options of the analysis in a properties file and use the -p option to process this file, as follows:

$ ./doop -p /path/to/file.properties

You can also override the options from a properties file with options from the command line. For example:

$ ./doop -p /path/to/file.properties -a context-insensitive --platform java_6

Using Soufflé as the Datalog engine of choice

In order to use Soufflé instead of the LogicBlox engine you can provide the --souffle argument. Soufflé supports multithreading so you can select the number of threads the analysis will run on by providing the --souffle-jobs argument to doop. For example:

$ ./doop -i ../doop-benchmarks/dacapo-2006/antlr.jar -a context-insensitive --platform java_7 --dacapo --id souffle-antlr --souffle --souffle-jobs 12

You can then inspect the analysis results by using the souffle-profile command and providing the profile.txt file produced by Souffle under the output directory of the analysis. In order to inspect the profile.txt of the above doop invocation with --souffle you would use the following command:

$ souffle-profile out/context-insensitive/souffle-antlr/profile.txt



Doop Coding Guidelines

If you intend to develop code for the Doop framework, please consult the Doop Coding Guidelines document.