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Simple source code validator with file reformatting option (remove trailing WS, pretty print XML, ..)

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Simple source code validator with file reformatting option (remove trailing WS, pretty print XML, ..).

For Python code formatting it can either use autopep8 or the builtin copy of PythonTidy.


  • Python 2.7+

  • lxml (for XML formatting)

  • pep8 (for Python checking)

  • autopep8 (for Python formatting)

  • pyflakes (for static Python code checking)

  • Jalopy (for Java code formatting)

  • coffeelint (for CoffeeScript validation)

  • PHP_CodeSniffer (for PHP style checking)

  • Puppet (for Puppet manifest validation)

  • sqlparse

  • jshint (for JavaScript checking)

  • PyYAML (for YAML checking)

  • Ruby (for Ruby code checking)

  • Rubygems (for Ruby code checking with rubocop)

  • erb and ruby (for ERB template checking)

On Ubuntu you can install most packages easily:

sudo apt-get install python-lxml pep8 pyflakes nodejs npm python-sqlparse python-yaml ruby rubygems
sudo npm install -g jshint
sudo gem i rubocop

If you are using Jalopy, for better performance also install Nailgun:

sudo apt-get install nailgun

And start the nailgun server with:

java -cp /usr/share/java/nailgun-0.9.0.jar:/opt/jalopy/lib/jalopy-1.9.4.jar -server com.martiansoftware.nailgun.NGServer


There are at least two ways of installing codevalidator:

  • Alternative 1: Use the codevalidator source tree directly (i.e. clone the GIT repo and put in your PATH):

    git clone
    sudo ln -s codevalidator/ /usr/local/bin/
  • Alternative 2: Install codevalidator from PyPI using PIP:

    sudo pip install codevalidator
  • Alternative 3: Use Docker to get all dependencies and to run codevalidator without messing with your local system:

    docker build -t codevalidator .
    # we can mount the current directory into "workdir" volume to validate the local directory recursively
    docker run -v `pwd`:/workdir -t codevalidator -rvv /workdir/

Getting Started

Validating test files with builtin default configuration:

./ test/*

Fixing test files (removing trailing whitespace, XML format):

./ -f test/*

Using custom configuration file:

./ -c test/config.json test/*

Validate and fix a whole directory tree:

./ -c myconfig.json -rf /path/to/mydirectory

Validate a single PHP file and print detailed error messages (needs PHP_CodeSniffer with PSR standards installed!):

./ -v test/test.php

Running in very verbose (debug) mode to see what is validated:

./ -vvrc test/config.json test

Using the filter mode to “fix” stdin and write to stdout:

echo 'print 1' | ./ --fix --filter && echo success

If you are annoyed by the .XX.pre-cvfix backup files you can disable them either on the command line (--no-backup) or in the config file.


Codevalidator uses a mapping of file name patterns to “rules” in order to know which validation rules should be applied for a certain file. The script contains a more-or-less sane default configuration (see DEFAULT_CONFIG at the top of You can overwrite the configuration by putting a .codevalidatorrc file in your home directory. The file must be JSON and must have the same structure as DEFAULT_CONFIG.

Advanced Usages

You can use the --fix --filter combination to directly filter your current buffer in VIM:

:%! --fix --filter %

The --fix --filter was also designed to be used with GIT filters.

To apply a formatting rule once without changing you configuration file, you can use the -a option. Formatting a Python file once with the pythontidy rule looks like:

./ -a pythontidy

Known Issues

  • PythonTidy cannot parse dict comprehensions. As a workaround you can use list comprehensions and wrap it with dict.

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