OWASP Secure Coding Practices-Quick Reference Guide


Welcome to the Secure Coding Practices Quick Reference Guide Project

The Secure Coding Practices Quick Reference Guide is a technology agnostic set of general software security coding practices, in a comprehensive checklist format, that can be integrated into the development lifecycle. At only 17 pages long, it is easy to read and digest.

The focus is on secure coding requirements, rather then on vulnerabilities and exploits. It includes an introduction to Software Security Principles and a glossary of key terms.

It is designed to serve as a secure coding kick-start tool and easy reference, to help development teams quickly understand secure coding practices.

Sections of the Guide:

  • Table of contents
  • Introduction
  • Software Security Principles Overview
  • Secure Coding Practices Checklist
  • Links to useful resources
  • Glossary of important terminology

Download the current v2 (Stable) release:


Related Presentations: This slide deck incorporates many concepts from the Quick reference guide, but also utilizes other OWASP resources. Web Application Development Dos and Donts - Presentation from the Royal Bank of Scotland

Related Projects: Go programming language secure coding practices guide, based on the OWASP Secure Coding Practices

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Portuguese Translation * Tarcizio Vieira Neto

Korean Translation * OWASP Korea chapter Spanish Translation * Canedo,Gerardo

  • Flores,Mauro
  • Hill,Alberto
  • Martinez,Mateo
  • Papaleo,Mauricio
  • Soarez,Nicolás
  • Targetta, Cecilia

Chinese Translation * Jie Wang

  • Yongliang He
  • Henghui Lin

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