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Run multiple python linters easily

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Run multiple python linters easily.

Installation and Usage

Install with pip:

pip install multilint

Run with:


Python 3.5-3.8 supported.

How It Works

I like to keep my projects tidy with a standard set of linters. Running them all turned out to be easier with a wrapper script, which I ended up copy-pasting between them all. This project stops me needing to copy/paste, centralizing running all these neat tools.

In order, it will check if these linters are installed, and if so, run them:

  • Black, to autoformat code
  • Flake8, to check code quality
  • Isort, in ‘diff’ mode to show where imports aren’t sorted
  • Modernize, in ‘diff’ mode to show where python 2/3 compatibility with six is missing

If any of them fail, multilint stops and dies with a non-zero exit code. Otherwise it succeeds!

You need to configure the paths that will be linted (by default, only is linted). Put a section in your setup.cfg like:

paths = my_package

You can also pass the paths as arguments to multilint, which will override the settings, like:

multilint path/ path/folder1

Note: previously multilint supported running check if you passed a file. This was removed as the command is deprecated. You should instead use twine check as per the python packaging documentation.

Usage With tox

I normally run my tests with tox. An example tox.ini to use multilint to run your tests on Python 3.5-3.8 and do your linting on Python 3.8 would look like:

envlist =

deps = -rrequirements.txt
commands = pytest

commands = multilint

Then just put multilint, plus the linters you want it to run (e.g. flake8) in your requirements.txt.


4.1.0 (2019-11-15)

  • Support Python 3.8.
  • Converted setuptools metadata to configuration file. This meant removing the __version__ attribute from the package. If you want to inspect the installed version, use importlib.metadata.version("multilint") (docs / backport).

4.0.0 (2019-08-11)

  • Drop check support since twine check is the new, more complete, recommended way of checking distributable file correctness, as per the warning:

    warning: Check: This command has been deprecated. Use `twine check`

    multilint can’t run twine check since it needs running on your dist files instead of the file.

    You can integrate it on a typical tox setup with an extra command tox dist/*. For more information see the twine check documentation and the packaging documentation.

3.0.0 (2019-05-13)

  • Drop Python 2 and 3.4 support, only Python 3.5+ is supported now.
  • Add support for running Black, the Python code auto-formatter.
  • Drop support for Flake8 < 3.0.0.

2.4.0 (2018-09-30)

  • Support positional arguments for paths.

2.3.0 (2018-04-28)

  • Fix for modernize 0.6.1+
  • Run modernize on the multilint codebase itself, so it now requires six

2.2.1 (2018-03-08)

  • Fix crash when setup.cfg doesn’t exist.

2.2.0 (2017-09-19)

  • Add --skip argument which can be used to skip particular linters even though they’re installed.

2.1.0 (2017-06-02)

  • Use entry_points in instead of scripts
  • Support python -m multilint

2.0.2 (2016-12-06)

  • Don’t invoke python check if there is no

2.0.1 (2016-10-20)

  • Remove default for paths in setup.cfg.
  • Check that paths exist before running the linters.

2.0.0 (2016-09-24)

  • Use the config header tool:multilint in setup.cfg, rather than multilint, to avoid clashing with any potential commands. Your setup.cfg will need updating.

1.0.2 (2016-07-26)

  • Work with flake8 3.0+ which changed the way its main function worked.

1.0.1 (2016-07-16)

  • Fix modernize running on Python 2.
  • Run isort in the same Python process rather than with subprocess
  • Properly gate flake8 and isort so that they run only if they are installed.

1.0.0 (2016-06-19)

  • First release on PyPI.

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