Understand (software)

Developer(s) Scientific Toolworks, Inc.
Stable release
4.0[1] / October 10, 2015 (2015-10-10)
Operating system Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Solaris
Available in Ada, Cobol, Ansi C, K&R C, Ansi C++, C#, FORTRAN, Java, Jovial, Pascal, PL/M, Python, VHDL, Objective C, Objective C++, HTML, PHP, JavaScript, XML
Type Static program analysis
Website scitools.com

Understand is a customisable integrated development environment (IDE) that enables static code analysis through an array of visuals, documentation, and metric tools.[2] It was built to help software developers comprehend, maintain, and document their source code. It enables code comprehension by providing flow charts of relationships and building a dictionary of variables and procedures from a provided source code.[3]


In addition to functioning as an integrated development environment, Understand provides tools for metrics and reports, standards testing, documentation, searching, graphing, and code knowledge. It is capable of analyzing projects with millions of lines of code and works with code bases written in multiple languages.[4] Developed originally for Ada, it now supports development in several common programming languages.[5] Integration with the Eclipse development environment is also supported.


Understand has been used globally for government, commercial, and academic use. It is used in many different industries to both analyze and develop software. Specific uses include a variety of applications: code validation for embedded systems,[3] software litigation consulting,[6] reverse engineering and documentation,[7] and source code change analysis.[8]


  1. https://scitools.com/download-2/
  2. Dragomir, Mircea (1 December 2015). "Understand". Softpedia.com. Softpedia. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  3. 1 2 Martin, George (March 2011). "The Project-Ready Designer". No. 248. Circuit Cellar. p. 57. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  4. Adkins, Francis; Jones, Luke (24 April 2015). "Machine Assisted Semantic Understanding" (PDF). INSuRE. Northeastern University. Retrieved 4 December 2015.
  5. Richard, Brett (24 May 2013). "Source Code Analyzers as a Development Tool". Flurry.com. Yahoo Developer Tools. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  6. Loren, Lydia; Johnson-Laird, Andy. "Computer Software-Related Litigation" (PDF). FCLR.org. Federal Courts Law Review. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  7. Phillips, Michael; Mok, Amy. "Spacecraft Flight Software Design Pattern Discovery" (PDF). Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. Lockheed Martin Corporation. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  8. Eshow, Michelle (1 June 2014). "RTMA Source Code Change Analysis" (PDF). Aviation Systems Division. NASA. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
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