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Configuration in Mega-Linter

Variable Description Default value
PYTHON_PYLINT_ARGUMENTS User custom arguments to add in linter CLI call
Ex: -s --foo "bar"
PYTHON_PYLINT_FILTER_REGEX_INCLUDE Custom regex including filter
Ex: (src|lib)
Include every file
PYTHON_PYLINT_FILTER_REGEX_EXCLUDE Custom regex excluding filter
Ex: (test|examples)
Exclude no file
PYTHON_PYLINT_FILE_EXTENSIONS Allowed file extensions. "*" matches any extension, "" matches empty extension. Empty list excludes all files
Ex: [".py", ""]
PYTHON_PYLINT_FILE_NAMES_REGEX File name regex filters. Regular expression list for filtering files by their base names using regex full match. Empty list includes all files
Ex: ["Dockerfile(-.+)?", "Jenkinsfile"]
Include every file
PYTHON_PYLINT_CONFIG_FILE pylint configuration file name
Use LINTER_DEFAULT to let the linter find it
PYTHON_PYLINT_RULES_PATH Path where to find linter configuration file Workspace folder, then Mega-Linter default rules
PYTHON_PYLINT_DISABLE_ERRORS Run linter but consider errors as warnings false

IDE Integration

Use pylint in your favorite IDE to catch errors before Mega-Linter !

IDE Extension Name Install
Eclipse PyLint Visit Web Site
IDEA PyCharm (Native Support) Visit Web Site
vim pylint.vim Visit Web Site
visual_studio Native Support Visit Web Site
Visual Studio Code Native Support Visit Web Site

Mega-Linter Flavours

This linter is available in the following flavours

Flavor Description Embedded linters Info
all Default Mega-Linter Flavor 83 Docker Image Size (tag) Docker Pulls
python Optimized for PYTHON based projects 43 Docker Image Size (tag) Docker Pulls

Behind the scenes

How are identified applicable files

  • File extensions: .py

Example calls

pylint --rcfile .python-lint

Help content

Usage: pylint [options]

  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  --long-help           more verbose help.

    --init-hook=<code>  Python code to execute, usually for sys.path
                        manipulation such as pygtk.require().
    -E, --errors-only   In error mode, checkers without error messages are
                        disabled and for others, only the ERROR messages are
                        displayed, and no reports are done by default.
    --py3k              In Python 3 porting mode, all checkers will be
                        disabled and only messages emitted by the porting
                        checker will be displayed.
    -v, --verbose       In verbose mode, extra non-checker-related info will
                        be displayed.
                        Add files or directories to the blacklist. They should
                        be base names, not paths. [current: CVS]
                        Add files or directories matching the regex patterns
                        to the blacklist. The regex matches against base
                        names, not paths. [current: none]
                        Pickle collected data for later comparisons. [current:
                        List of plugins (as comma separated values of python
                        module names) to load, usually to register additional
                        checkers. [current: none]
                        Specify a score threshold to be exceeded before
                        program exits with error. [current: 10.0]
    -j <n-processes>, --jobs=<n-processes>
                        Use multiple processes to speed up Pylint. Specifying
                        0 will auto-detect the number of processors available
                        to use. [current: 1]
                        Control the amount of potential inferred values when
                        inferring a single object. This can help the
                        performance when dealing with large functions or
                        complex, nested conditions.  [current: 100]
                        A comma-separated list of package or module names from
                        where C extensions may be loaded. Extensions are
                        loading into the active Python interpreter and may run
                        arbitrary code. [current: none]
                        When enabled, pylint would attempt to guess common
                        misconfiguration and emit user-friendly hints instead
                        of false-positive error messages. [current: yes]
    --exit-zero         Always return a 0 (non-error) status code, even if
                        lint errors are found. This is primarily useful in
                        continuous integration scripts.
    --from-stdin        Interpret the stdin as a python script, whose filename
                        needs to be passed as the module_or_package argument.

    --rcfile=<file>     Specify a configuration file to load.
                        Display a help message for the given message id and
                        exit. The value may be a comma separated list of
                        message ids.
    --list-msgs         Generate pylint's messages.
                        Display a list of what messages are enabled and
                        disabled with the given configuration.
    --list-groups       List pylint's message groups.
    --list-conf-levels  Generate pylint's confidence levels.
    --list-extensions   List available extensions.
                        Generate pylint's full documentation.
    --generate-rcfile   Generate a sample configuration file according to the
                        current configuration. You can put other options
                        before this one to get them in the generated

  Messages control:
                        Only show warnings with the listed confidence levels.
                        Leave empty to show all. Valid levels: HIGH,
                        INFERENCE, INFERENCE_FAILURE, UNDEFINED. [current:
    -e <msg ids>, --enable=<msg ids>
                        Enable the message, report, category or checker with
                        the given id(s). You can either give multiple
                        identifier separated by comma (,) or put this option
                        multiple time (only on the command line, not in the
                        configuration file where it should appear only once).
                        See also the "--disable" option for examples.
    -d <msg ids>, --disable=<msg ids>
                        Disable the message, report, category or checker with
                        the given id(s). You can either give multiple
                        identifiers separated by comma (,) or put this option
                        multiple times (only on the command line, not in the
                        configuration file where it should appear only once).
                        You can also use "--disable=all" to disable everything
                        first and then reenable specific checks. For example,
                        if you want to run only the similarities checker, you
                        can use "--disable=all --enable=similarities". If you
                        want to run only the classes checker, but have no
                        Warning level messages displayed, use "--disable=all
                        --enable=classes --disable=W".

    -f <format>, --output-format=<format>
                        Set the output format. Available formats are text,
                        parseable, colorized, json and msvs (visual studio).
                        You can also give a reporter class, e.g.
                        mypackage.mymodule.MyReporterClass. [current: text]
    -r <y_or_n>, --reports=<y_or_n>
                        Tells whether to display a full report or only the
                        messages. [current: no]
                        Python expression which should return a score less
                        than or equal to 10. You have access to the variables
                        'error', 'warning', 'refactor', and 'convention' which
                        contain the number of messages in each category, as
                        well as 'statement' which is the total number of
                        statements analyzed. This score is used by the global
                        evaluation report (RP0004). [current: 10.0 - ((float(5
                        * error + warning + refactor + convention) /
                        statement) * 10)]
    -s <y_or_n>, --score=<y_or_n>
                        Activate the evaluation score. [current: yes]
                        Template used to display messages. This is a python
                        new-style format string used to format the message
                        information. See doc for all details.

Installation on mega-linter Docker image

  • PIP packages (Python):

Example success log

Results of pylint linter (version 2.6.0)
See documentation on

[SUCCESS] .automation/test/python/

Example error log

Results of pylint linter (version 2.6.0)
See documentation on

[ERROR] .automation/test/python/
    ************* Module python_bad_1
    .automation/test/python/ E0001: invalid syntax (<unknown>, line 15) (syntax-error)