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Configuration in MegaLinter

Variable Description Default value
KOTLIN_KTLINT_ARGUMENTS User custom arguments to add in linter CLI call
Ex: -s --foo "bar"
KOTLIN_KTLINT_FILTER_REGEX_INCLUDE Custom regex including filter
Ex: (src\|lib)
Include every file
KOTLIN_KTLINT_FILTER_REGEX_EXCLUDE Custom regex excluding filter
Ex: (test\|examples)
Exclude no file
KOTLIN_KTLINT_CLI_LINT_MODE Override default CLI lint mode
- file: Calls the linter for each file
- list_of_files: Call the linter with the list of files as argument
- project: Call the linter from the root of the project
file
KOTLIN_KTLINT_FILE_EXTENSIONS Allowed file extensions. "*" matches any extension, "" matches empty extension. Empty list excludes all files
Ex: [".py", ""]
[".kt", ".kts"]
KOTLIN_KTLINT_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
KOTLIN_KTLINT_PRE_COMMANDS List of bash commands to run before the linter None
KOTLIN_KTLINT_POST_COMMANDS List of bash commands to run after the linter None
KOTLIN_KTLINT_DISABLE_ERRORS Run linter but consider errors as warnings false
KOTLIN_KTLINT_DISABLE_ERRORS_IF_LESS_THAN Maximum number of errors allowed 0

IDE Integration

Use ktlint in your favorite IDE to catch errors before MegaLinter !

IDE Extension Name Install
Emacs flycheck-kotlin Visit Web Site
vim ale Visit Web Site

MegaLinter Flavours

This linter is available in the following flavours

Flavor Description Embedded linters Info
all Default MegaLinter Flavor 97 Docker Image Size (tag) Docker Pulls
dart Optimized for DART based projects 42 Docker Image Size (tag) Docker Pulls
documentation MegaLinter for documentation projects 41 Docker Image Size (tag) Docker Pulls
dotnet Optimized for C, C++, C# or VB based projects 49 Docker Image Size (tag) Docker Pulls
go Optimized for GO based projects 43 Docker Image Size (tag) Docker Pulls
java Optimized for JAVA based projects 43 Docker Image Size (tag) Docker Pulls
javascript Optimized for JAVASCRIPT or TYPESCRIPT based projects 50 Docker Image Size (tag) Docker Pulls
php Optimized for PHP based projects 46 Docker Image Size (tag) Docker Pulls
python Optimized for PYTHON based projects 49 Docker Image Size (tag) Docker Pulls
ruby Optimized for RUBY based projects 42 Docker Image Size (tag) Docker Pulls
rust Optimized for RUST based projects 42 Docker Image Size (tag) Docker Pulls
salesforce Optimized for Salesforce based projects 44 Docker Image Size (tag) Docker Pulls
scala Optimized for SCALA based projects 42 Docker Image Size (tag) Docker Pulls
swift Optimized for SWIFT based projects 42 Docker Image Size (tag) Docker Pulls
terraform Optimized for TERRAFORM based projects 47 Docker Image Size (tag) Docker Pulls

Behind the scenes

How are identified applicable files

  • File extensions: .kt, .kts

How the linting is performed

  • ktlint is called one time by identified file

Example calls

ktlint myfile.kt
ktlint --format myfile.kt

Help content


An anti-bikeshedding Kotlin linter with built-in formatter.
(https://github.com/pinterest/ktlint).

Usage:
  ktlint <flags> [patterns]
  java -jar ktlint.jar <flags> [patterns]

Examples:
  # Check the style of all Kotlin files (ending with '.kt' or '.kts') inside
the current dir (recursively).
  #
  # Hidden folders will be skipped.
  ktlint

  # Check only certain locations starting from the current directory.
  #
  # Prepend ! to negate the pattern, KtLint uses .gitignore pattern style
syntax.
  # Globs are applied starting from the last one.
  #
  # Hidden folders will be skipped.
  # Check all '.kt' files in 'src/' directory, but ignore files ending with
'Test.kt':
  ktlint "src/**/*.kt" "!src/**/*Test.kt"
  # Check all '.kt' files in 'src/' directory, but ignore 'generated' directory
and its subdirectories:
  ktlint "src/**/*.kt" "!src/**/generated/**"

  # Auto-correct style violations.
  ktlint -F "src/**/*.kt"

  # Using custom reporter jar and overriding report location
  ktlint --reporter=csv,artifact=/path/to/reporter/csv.jar,
output=my-custom-report.csv
Flags:

  -a, --android         Turn on Android Kotlin Style Guide compatibility
      --color           Make output colorful
      --color-name=<colorName>
                        Customize the output color
      --debug           Turn on debug output
      --trace           Turn on trace output
      --disabled_rules=<disabledRules>
                        Comma-separated list of rules to globally disable. To
                          disable standard ktlint rule-set use
                          --disabled_rules=standard
  -F, --format          Fix any deviations from the code style
      --limit=<limit>   Maximum number of errors to show (default: show all)
      --relative        Print files relative to the working directory (e.g. dir/file.
                          kt instead of /home/user/project/dir/file.kt)
      --reporter=<reporters>
                        A reporter to use (built-in: plain (default), plain?
                          group_by_file, json, sarif, checkstyle, html). To use a
                          third-party reporter specify a path to a JAR file on the
                          filesystem via ',artifact=' option. To override reporter
                          output, use ',output=' option.
  -R, --ruleset=<rulesetJarFiles>
                        A path to a JAR file containing additional ruleset(s)
      --stdin           Read file from stdin
  -v, --verbose         Show error codes
      --editorconfig=<editorConfigPath>
                        Path to .editorconfig
      --experimental    Enabled experimental rules (ktlint-ruleset-experimental)
      --baseline=<baseline>
                        Defines a baseline file to check against
  -h, --help            Show this help message and exit.
  -V, --version         Print version information and exit.
Commands:
  installGitPreCommitHook, --install-git-pre-commit-hook  Install git hook to
                                                            automatically check
                                                            files for style
                                                            violations on commit
  installGitPrePushHook, --install-git-pre-push-hook      Install git hook to
                                                            automatically check
                                                            files for style
                                                            violations before
                                                            push
  printAST, --print-ast                                   Print AST (useful
                                                            when
                                                            writing/debugging
                                                            rules)
  applyToIDEA, --apply-to-idea                            Update Intellij IDEA
                                                            Kotlin codestyle
                                                            settings (global)
  applyToIDEAProject, --apply-to-idea-project             Update Intellij IDEA
                                                            project settings
  generateEditorConfig                                    EXPERIMENTAL!!!
                                                            Generate kotlin
                                                            style section for '.
                                                            editorconfig' file.

Installation on mega-linter Docker image

  • Dockerfile commands :
RUN curl --retry 5 --retry-delay 5 -sSLO https://github.com/pinterest/ktlint/releases/latest/download/ktlint && \
    chmod a+x ktlint && \
    mv "ktlint" /usr/bin/

Example success log

Results of ktlint linter (version 0.40.0)
See documentation on https://megalinter.github.io/descriptors/kotlin_ktlint/
-----------------------------------------------

[SUCCESS] .automation/test/kotlin/kotlint_good_1.kt


Example error log

Results of ktlint linter (version 0.40.0)
See documentation on https://megalinter.github.io/descriptors/kotlin_ktlint/
-----------------------------------------------

[ERROR] .automation/test/kotlin/kotlin_bad_1.kt
    .automation/test/kotlin/kotlin_bad_1.kt:1:1: File must end with a newline (\n)
    .automation/test/kotlin/kotlin_bad_1.kt:2:20: Unnecessary semicolon
    .automation/test/kotlin/kotlin_bad_1.kt:3:16: Redundant curly braces
    .automation/test/kotlin/kotlin_bad_1.kt:3:27: Unnecessary semicolon
    .automation/test/kotlin/kotlin_bad_1.kt:5:15: Unnecessary semicolon