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Runs Flake8 with configuration from pyproject.toml.

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Flake8-pyproject (flake8p)

Runs Flake8 with configuration from pyproject.toml

Flake8 cannot be configured via pyproject.toml, even though virtually all other Python dev tools have adopted it as the central location for project configuration. The discussion of the original proposal (#234) was closed as "too heated", subsequent feature and pull requests were marked as "spam" (#1332, #1421, #1431, #1447, #1501).

Flake8-pyproject also has bad manners and force-feeds Flake8 the spam it so despises.

It is inspired by pyproject-Flake8, though the code was rewritten from scratch and a test suite was added to make maintenance easier. You may however consider using the original project instead, or any of the other alternatives mentioned in issue #2.


Say your Flake8 configuration in .flake8 (or in tox.ini, or setup.cfg) is this:

ignore = E231, E241
per-file-ignores =
max-line-length = 88
count = true

Copy that [flake8] section to pyproject.toml, rename it as [tool.flake8], and convert the key–value pairs to the TOML format:

ignore = ['E231', 'E241']
per-file-ignores = [
max-line-length = 88
count = true

From then on run flake8p instead of flake8 to lint the code, from within the same folder that pyproject.toml is in.


Flake8 uses RawConfigParser from the standard library to parse its configuration files, and therefore expects them to have the INI format.

This library adds pyproject.toml to Flake8's list of acceptable configuration files and monkey-patches Flake8's RawConfigParser class definition so that, when pyproject.toml is being read, the format is converted from TOML to INI on the fly. TOML parsing is handled by Tomli, which will be part of the standard library as of Python 3.11 (PEP 680).

A few very simple integration tests round out the package, making sure that any one of the possible configuration files are in fact accepted.

Pre-commit hook

To have flake8p run on every git commit, add the following to your project's pre-commit configuration .pre-commit-config.yaml:

-   repo:
    rev: 1.0.1
    -   id: Flake8-pyproject

Change the revision to whatever is the latest release version.

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