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ESLint bot

ESLint bot is a tool that will help your improve your Javascript code quality by linting it automatically with the excellent ESLint whenever a change is pushed to your Github repository, and sending back comments directly on Github.

Once plugged on your repo's webhooks, any pushed code will be linted, then commented directly on the commit page on Github.


You can see it in action on this sample commit.


Clone the repo, then do a

npm install

Optional : create a new Github account for your bot, which will be used to author the comments.


You need to provide credentials to the Github account you want to use for the post-linting comments, as well as a file filter regex to determine whether a changed file should be linted or not.

This configuration is held by the config.js file, as follows :

export const GITHUB_USERNAME = 'username'; // Your bot's Github username
export const GITHUB_PASSWORD = 'password'; // Your bot's Github password

export const REPOSITORY_OWNER = 'owner/organisation';   // The owner of the repository you want to run the bot on.
export const REPOSITORY_NAME = 'name';                  // The name of the repository you want to run the bot on.

export const FILE_FILTER = /.*(.js|.jsx)$/; // By default, lint every single .js or .jsx file

You also need to configure ESLint through the .eslintrc. That's where all your linting rules go.

Eventually, you'll need to register your bot as a webhook for the repo you want to lint. Simply go the the settings page of your repo and add a new webhook pointing at your server's URL. Leave all the other options at their default value.

Note : you might be working on a npm-based project, in that case don't forget to modify the FILE_FILTER value to fit your needs and ignore the node_modules directory, otherwise you will end up with a slightly overshooting bot linting all your dependencies...


To start the bot simply run

npm run start

Moving on

You might have noticed the Procfile in the repository. It enables you to run the bot on a Heroku VM.

I find it very convenient for this tool since you don't need many resources to run this small server. Moreover, you will be provided a fixed DNS, which is very convenient to register the webhook from Github.


A bot listening to github webhooks, running ESLint and sending inline comments on every commits.



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