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Pylint addon to store lint exceptions in a patchfile.

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Pylint addon to store lint exceptions in a patchfile.


Pylint can be a bit noisy with false positives. By default, these can be ignored by:

  • Disabling warnings inline (littering your code with “# pylint: disable=” pragmas)
  • Disabling warnings globally (causing real problems to be missed)
  • Accepting a low Pylint score

Pylint Patcher provides another solution:

  1. Individual lint exceptions are stored in a patchfile (.pylint-disable.patch)
  2. The patchfile is applied to the source before Pylint is run
  3. The patchfile is removed from the source after Pylint completes


pip install pylint-patcher


Running Pylint Patcher

Pylint Patcher is run in exactly the same manner as Pylint. It accepts all the same arguments:

pylint-patcher path/to/package_or_module

This applies the patchfile (if it exists), runs Pylint, then removes the patchfile.

For more details, use the --help option.

Creating a Patchfile

The easiest way to create and maintain a patchfile is to use the pylint-patcher-gui tool:


This runs a modified version of pylint-gui, allowing Pylint warnings to be added to the patchfile:

  1. Open a module or package, and click Run.
  2. Once the lint completes, double-click the warnings in the bottom pane to show them in the source pane.
  3. If a warning is invalid, right-click it and select Add to ignore patchfile.
  4. Once you’re finished, click Run again, and confirm that the warnings have been disabled.


All development takes place at the Pylint Patcher GitHub site. Further information about Pylint can be found at the Pylint Bitbucket site.

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