`phplint` is a tool that can speed up linting of php files by running several lint processes at once.

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`phplint` is a tool that can speed up linting of php files by running several lint processes at once.

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  • PHP >= 8.1
  • Composer >= 2.1

if you are using php 7.4, please refer the 7.4 branch.

if you are using php 8.0, please refer the 8.0 branch.

if you are using php 8.2, please refer the 8.2 branch.

Locally, if you have PHP

composer require overtrue/phplint --dev -vvv

Locally, if you only have Docker

docker pull overtrue/phplint:8.1



  Lint something

  phplint [options] [--] [<path>...]

  path                               Path to file or directory to lint.

      --exclude=EXCLUDE              Path to file or directory to exclude from linting (multiple values allowed)
      --extensions=EXTENSIONS        Check only files with selected extensions (default: php)
  -j, --jobs=JOBS                    Number of parraled jobs to run (default: 5)
  -c, --configuration=CONFIGURATION  Read configuration from config file (default: ./.phplint.yml).
      --no-configuration             Ignore default configuration file (default: ./.phplint.yml).
      --no-cache                     Ignore cached data.
      --cache=CACHE                  Path to the cache file.
      --no-progress                  Hide the progress output.
      --json[=JSON]                  Path to store JSON results.
      --xml[=XML]                    Path to store JUnit XML results.
  -w, --warning                      Also show warnings.
  -q, --quiet                        Do not output any message
      --no-files-exit-code           Throw error if no files processed.
  -h, --help                         Display help for the given command. When no command is given display help for the list command
  -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


./vendor/bin/phplint ./ --exclude=vendor

You can also define configuration as a file .phplint.yml:

path: ./
jobs: 10
cache: build/phplint.cache
  - php
  - vendor
warning: false
memory_limit: -1

By default, the command will read configuration from file .phplint.yml of path specified, you can use another filename by option: --configuration=FILENAME or -c FILENAME;

If you want to disable the config file, you can add option --no-configuration.

Docker CLI

docker run --rm -t -v "${PWD}":/workdir overtrue/phplint:8.1 ./  --exclude=vendor

Please mount the code directory to /workdir in the container.


use Overtrue\PHPLint\Linter;

$path = __DIR__ .'/app';
$exclude = ['vendor'];
$extensions = ['php'];
$warnings = true;

$linter = new Linter($path, $exclude, $extensions, $warnings);

// get errors
$errors = $linter->lint();

// [
//    '/path/to/foo.php' => [
//          'error' => "unexpected '$key' (T_VARIABLE)",
//          'line' => 168,
//          'file' => '/path/to/foo.php',
//      ],
//    '/path/to/bar.php' => [
//          'error' => "unexpected 'class' (T_CLASS), expecting ',' or ';'",
//          'line' => 28,
//          'file' => '/path/to/bar.php',
//      ],
// ]

GitHub Actions

uses: overtrue/phplint@8.1
  path: .
  options: --exclude=*.log

GitLab CI

  image: overtrue/phplint:8.1
    INPUT_PATH: "./"
    INPUT_OPTIONS: "-c .phplint.yml"
  script: echo '' #prevents ci yml parse error

Other CI/CD (f.e. Bitbucket Pipelines)

Run this command using overtrue/phplint:8.1 Docker image:

/root/.composer/vendor/bin/phplint ./ --exclude=vendor


Not all linting problems are errors, PHP also has warnings, for example when using a continue statement within a switch case. By default, these errors are not reported, but you can turn this on with the warning cli flag, or by setting the warning to true in the configuration.

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