What is Code Climate?

After each Git push, Code Climate analyzes your code for complexity, duplication, and common smells to determine changes in quality and surface technical debt hotspots.
Code Climate is a tool in the Code Review category of a tech stack.

Who uses Code Climate?

175 companies reportedly use Code Climate in their tech stacks, including StackShare, thoughtbot, and Zendesk.

216 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Code Climate.

Code Climate Integrations

GitHub, HipChat, Campfire, Semaphore, and Flowdock are some of the popular tools that integrate with Code Climate. Here's a list of all 8 tools that integrate with Code Climate.

Why developers like Code Climate?

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Code Climate Reviews

Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by companies and developers who chose Code Climate in their tech stack.

Johnny Bell
Johnny Bell
Sr. Software Engineer at StackShare · | 9 upvotes · 25.1K views
Code Climate
Amazon CloudFront
Amazon S3

When I first built my portfolio I used GitHub for the source control and deployed directly to Netlify on a push to master. This was a perfect setup, I didn't need any knowledge about #DevOps or anything, it was all just done for me.

One of the issues I had with Netlify was I wanted to gzip my JavaScript files, I had this setup in my #Webpack file, however Netlify didn't offer an easy way to set this.

Over the weekend I decided I wanted to know more about how #DevOps worked so I decided to switch from Netlify to Amazon S3. Instead of creating any #Git Webhooks I decided to use Buddy for my pipeline and to run commands. Buddy is a fantastic tool, very easy to setup builds, copying the files to my Amazon S3 bucket, then running some #AWS console commands to set the content-encoding of the JavaScript files. - Buddy is also free if you only have a few pipelines, so I didn't need to pay anything 🤙🏻.

When I made these changes I also wanted to monitor my code, and make sure I was keeping up with the best practices so I implemented Code Climate to look over my code and tell me where there code smells, issues, and other issues I've been super happy with it so far, on the free tier so its also free.

I did plan on using Amazon CloudFront for my SSL and cacheing, however it was overly complex to setup and it costs money. So I decided to go with the free tier of CloudFlare and it is amazing, best choice I've made for caching / SSL in a long time.

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Jerome Dalbert
Jerome Dalbert
Senior Backend Engineer at StackShare · | 5 upvotes · 10.4K views
Code Climate

The continuous integration process for our Rails backend app starts by opening a GitHub pull request. This triggers a CircleCI build and some Code Climate checks.

The CircleCI build is a workflow that runs the following jobs:

  • check for security vulnerabilities with Brakeman
  • check code quality with RuboCop
  • run RSpec tests in parallel with the knapsack gem, and output test coverage reports with the simplecov gem
  • upload test coverage to Code Climate

Code Climate checks the following:

  • code quality metrics like code complexity
  • test coverage minimum thresholds

The CircleCI jobs and Code Climate checks above have corresponding GitHub status checks.

Once all the mandatory GitHub checks pass and the code+functionality have been reviewed, developers can merge their pull request into our Git master branch. Code is then ready to deploy!


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Andrew Gatenby
Andrew Gatenby
R&D Lead Developer at Visualsoft · | 1 upvotes · 3.4K views
Code Climate

We use it as part of CI process to check code quality, to ensure that we're not inadvertently making common mistakes and can keep the smells and scope of code changes in line and clean. Having this step here should make future support and additions much more efficient and easy to understand. Code Climate

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Romans Malinovskis
Romans Malinovskis
Code Climate

checking our repo code quality. Code Climate

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Code Climate

Check duplicate code, complexity and common pitfalls. Code coverage indicator for Github README file. Code Climate

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Code Climate's Features

  • Automated Git Updates- Nothing to install. Code Climate runs everytime you push a new commit.
  • Activity Feeds- Up-to-the-minute information so you can see when and how code changes.
  • Instant Notifications- Major security and quality changes pushed to where you work: email, Campfire, HipChat, and RSS feeds.
  • Team Sharing- Instant access for your whole team to maximize code visibility across projects.
  • Hotspots- A hit list for refactoring. Target your messiest areas one-by-one.
  • Duplication Detection- Fuzzy matching algorithm finds DRY-violations that human reviewers might miss.
  • Email Notification- Instant email notifications to let you know when new security and code issues arise
  • Security Dashboard- Organized listing of your app's vulnerabilities, including when they were first introduced and how to address them.
  • Alerts for New Rails Disclosures- Going beyond Gemfile analysis to let you know whether you're at high risk based on how your specific code uses a vulnerable library.
  • Start Fixing with One Click- Full integration with Pivotal Tracker, GitHub Issues, and Lighthouse lets you open tickets instantly.
  • GitHub Integration- Post-receive hooks for instant updates and GitHub drilldown links throughout.
  • Test Coverage Integration- Surfacing coverage information at the repo, class, and source listing level.
  • Private, Safe, and Secure- All data is private by default. SSL encryption everywhere.

Code Climate Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to Code Climate?
Codacy is an automated code review tool for Scala, Java, Ruby, JavaScript, PHP, Python, CoffeeScript and CSS. It's continuous static analysis without the hassle. Save time in Code Reviews. Tackle your technical debt
Our patrons rave about our elegant coverage reports, integrated pull request comments, interactive commit graphs, our Chrome plugin and security.
Coveralls works with your CI server and sifts through your coverage data to find issues you didn't even know you had before they become a problem. Free for open source, pro accounts for private repos, instant sign up with GitHub OAuth.
A pluggable and configurable linter tool for identifying and reporting on patterns in JavaScript. Maintain your code quality with ease.
SonarQube provides an overview of the overall health of your source code and even more importantly, it highlights issues found on new code. With a Quality Gate set on your project, you will simply fix the Leak and start mechanically improving.
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Code Climate's Stats

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Code Climate's Followers
238 developers follow Code Climate to keep up with related blogs and decisions.
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