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Configuration in MegaLinter

Variable Description Default value
PHP_PHPCSFIXER_ARGUMENTS User custom arguments to add in linter CLI call
Ex: -s --foo "bar"
PHP_PHPCSFIXER_COMMAND_REMOVE_ARGUMENTS User custom arguments to remove from command line before calling the linter
Ex: -s --foo "bar"
PHP_PHPCSFIXER_CLI_LINT_MODE Override default CLI lint mode
⚠️ As default value is project, overriding might not work
- 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
PHP_PHPCSFIXER_FILE_EXTENSIONS Allowed file extensions. "*" matches any extension, "" matches empty extension. Empty list excludes all files
Ex: [".py", ""]
PHP_PHPCSFIXER_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
PHP_PHPCSFIXER_PRE_COMMANDS List of bash commands to run before the linter None
PHP_PHPCSFIXER_POST_COMMANDS List of bash commands to run after the linter None
PHP_PHPCSFIXER_UNSECURED_ENV_VARIABLES List of env variables explicitly not filtered before calling PHP_PHPCSFIXER and its pre/post commands None
PHP_PHPCSFIXER_CONFIG_FILE php-cs-fixer configuration file nameUse LINTER_DEFAULT to let the linter find it .php-cs-fixer.dist.php
PHP_PHPCSFIXER_RULES_PATH Path where to find linter configuration file Workspace folder, then MegaLinter default rules
PHP_PHPCSFIXER_DISABLE_ERRORS Run linter but consider errors as warnings false
PHP_PHPCSFIXER_DISABLE_ERRORS_IF_LESS_THAN Maximum number of errors allowed 0
PHP_PHPCSFIXER_CLI_EXECUTABLE Override CLI executable ['php-cs-fixer']

IDE Integration

Use php-cs-fixer in your favorite IDE to catch errors before MegaLinter !

IDE Extension Name Install
netbeans PHP-CS-Fixer Visit Web Site
IDEA php-cs-fixer Visit Web Site
Sublime Text sublime-phpcs Visit Web Site
vim vim-php-cs-fixer Visit Web Site
Visual Studio Code vscode-php-cs-fixer Visit Web Site

MegaLinter Flavors

This linter is available in the following flavors

Flavor Description Embedded linters Info
all Default MegaLinter Flavor 125 Docker Image Size (tag) Docker Pulls
cupcake MegaLinter for the most commonly used languages 84 Docker Image Size (tag) Docker Pulls
php Optimized for PHP based projects 56 Docker Image Size (tag) Docker Pulls

Behind the scenes

How are identified applicable files

  • File extensions: .php

How the linting is performed

php-cs-fixer is called once on the whole project directory (project CLI lint mode)

  • filtering can not be done using MegaLinter configuration variables,it must be done using php-cs-fixer configuration or ignore file (if existing)
  • VALIDATE_ALL_CODEBASE: false doesn't make php-cs-fixer analyze only updated files

Example calls

php-cs-fixer check myfile.php
php-cs-fixer check mydir
php-cs-fixer check --config .php-cs-fixer.php

Help content

  List commands

  list [options] [--] [<namespace>]

  namespace             The namespace name

      --raw             To output raw command list
      --format=FORMAT   The output format (txt, xml, json, or md) [default: "txt"]
      --short           To skip describing commands' arguments
  -h, --help            Display help for the given command. When no command is given display help for the list command
  -q, --quiet           Do not output any message
  -V, --version         Display this application version
      --ansi|--no-ansi  Force (or disable --no-ansi) ANSI output
  -n, --no-interaction  Do not ask any interactive question
  -v|vv|vvv, --verbose  Increase the verbosity of messages: 1 for normal output, 2 for more verbose output and 3 for debug

  The list command lists all commands:

    /root/.composer/vendor/bin/php-cs-fixer list

  You can also display the commands for a specific namespace:

    /root/.composer/vendor/bin/php-cs-fixer list test

  You can also output the information in other formats by using the --format option:

    /root/.composer/vendor/bin/php-cs-fixer list --format=xml

  It's also possible to get raw list of commands (useful for embedding command runner):

    /root/.composer/vendor/bin/php-cs-fixer list --raw

Installation on mega-linter Docker image

  • Dockerfile commands :
# Parent descriptor install
RUN GITHUB_AUTH_TOKEN="$(cat /run/secrets/GITHUB_TOKEN)" \
    && export GITHUB_AUTH_TOKEN \
    && wget --tries=5 -q -O phive.phar \
    && wget --tries=5 -q -O phive.phar.asc \
    && PHAR_KEY_ID="0x6AF725270AB81E04D79442549D8A98B29B2D5D79" \
    && ( gpg --keyserver hkps:// --recv-keys "$PHAR_KEY_ID" \
       || gpg --keyserver hkps:// --recv-keys "$PHAR_KEY_ID" \
       || gpg --keyserver --recv-keys "$PHAR_KEY_ID" \
       || gpg --keyserver --recv-keys "$PHAR_KEY_ID" ) \
    && gpg --verify phive.phar.asc phive.phar \
    && chmod +x phive.phar \
    && mv phive.phar /usr/local/bin/phive \
    && rm phive.phar.asc \
    && update-alternatives --install /usr/bin/php php /usr/bin/php83 110

COPY --from=composer/composer:2-bin /composer /usr/bin/composer
ENV PATH="/root/.composer/vendor/bin:${PATH}"
# Linter install
RUN GITHUB_AUTH_TOKEN="$(cat /run/secrets/GITHUB_TOKEN)" && export GITHUB_AUTH_TOKEN && composer global require friendsofphp/php-cs-fixer