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Pylinter Sublime Text 2/3 Plugin


This is a small plugin for Sublime Text 2 and 3 that allows automatic Python source code checking by Pylint.

Since Pylint can take a while before it has completed its task (multiple seconds), it is run from a separate thread, so the plugin won't lock up Sublime Text.

The plugin can be automatically invoked on save or by a keyboard shortcut.

Support for Pylint configuration files is included.


** Pylint needs to be installed separately!!! **

If you have installed Pylint into a Virtualenv, you need to launch Sublime
Text from that Virtualenv for everything to work correctly. This might be
resolved in the future.

Latest changes


Added support for Pylint plugins. You can add a list of plugin module names into your configuration using the plugins setting.


Some refactoring has been done to make sure Pylinter works better under ST3. Also, the error handling, in case Pylint cannot be found, is improved.


Improved Pylint detection and a Pylint version check bug fix.


This is the first version of Pylinter that is both compatible with Sublime Text 2 and 3. Please feel free to report any issues. And many thank-yous to everyone reporting issues and supplying solutions in regards to Python 3 compatibility.


Thanks to dbader for the Pylint 1.0 support

  • Pylinter now automatically detects what version of Pylint is used and is both compatible with the new 1.0.0 version and the older ones.


Thanks to KristoforMaynard for the following additions:

  • When the message_stay setting is set to true, the error messages will be displayed as long as the cursor stays on the offending line.
  • The disable_outline setting can be set to true to hide the outlines of errors.
  • The disable setting can be assigned a list or errors to ignore. E.g. ["C0301", "E1011"]


  • Pylinter will now try and automatically find the path to Pylint.


  • Pylinter now allows for platform and/or host specific configuration to be stored in a single configuration file. This is particulary useful for the pylint_path setting.

    Simply change a setting like

    "pylint_path": "<your pylint path>"

    into something like this:

    "pylint_path": {
        "#multiconf#": [
            {"os:windows": "<your windows pylint path>"},
            {"os:linux;host:<host name": "<your linux pylint path>"},
            {"os:linux;host:<other host name": "<your other linux pylint path>"}

    For more information you can have a look at the following gist.


  • Added icons for different message types. You can use these icons by setting the option use_icons to true (Icons by Yusuke Kamiyamane).


  • Added an 'ignore' function, allowing for easy insertion of #pylint: disable= statements/comments.
  • Included wuub's error colouring. Either use the included MonokaiPylinter.tmTheme file, or have a look at it to see how you can colour the different erros and warnings.


Pylinter will try and determine the path to Pylint. If it fails you must provide a full path to the module of your Pylint installation!

  • python_bin: The full path to the Python executable you want to use for

    running Pylint (e.g. when you are using virtualenv) or simply python if you want to use your default python installation.

  • python_path: An optional list of paths that will be added to Pylint's

    Python path.

  • working_dir: An optional path to the working directory from which Pylint

    will be run.

  • pylint_path: The full path to the module.

  • pylint_rc: The full path to the Pylint configuration file you want to use,

    if any.

  • run_on_save: If this setting is set to true, Pylint will be invoked

    each time you save a Python source code file.

  • ignore: A list of Pylint error types which you wish to ignore.

    Possible values:

    • "R" : Refactor for a "good practice" metric violation
    • "C" : Convention for coding standard violation
    • "W" : Warning for stylistic problems, or minor programming issues
    • "E" : Error for important programming issues (i.e. most probably bug)
    • "F" : Fatal for errors which prevented further processing
  • use_icons: Set to true if you want to display icons instead of dots in the margin.


Any setting can be replaced by a Multiconf structure

"pylint_path": {
    "#multiconf#": [
        {"os:windows": "<your windows pylint path>"},
        {"os:linux;host:<host name": "<your linux pylint path>"},
        {"os:linux;host:<other host name": "<your other linux pylint path>"}

For more information you can have a look at the following gist.

Project settings

You may also store settings in your *.sublime-project files. Create a "pylinter" section as shown below and override any or all of the described settings:

            "path": "/N/development/fabrix"

Commands & Keyboard Shortcuts


The plugin can be invoked by a keyboard shortcut:

  • OS X: Command+Alt+z
  • Linux, Windows: Control+Alt+z

Add pylint ignore comment/statement

Add a 'Pylint disable' comment to the end of the line with an error code in it, so it will be ignored on the next check.

  • OS X: Command+Alt+i
  • Linux, Windows: Control+Alt+i

Toggle Marking

The marking of the errors in the file can be toggled off and on:

  • OS X: Command+Alt+x
  • Linux, Windows: Control+Alt+x

Quick List

To see a quick list of all the Pylint errors use:

  • OS X: Command+Alt+c
  • Linux, Windows: Control+Alt+c


A pylint plugin for Sublime Text 2 and 3



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