A tool that generates an initial coala config file for you!
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jayvdb generation/: Ignore files which are not unicode
When attempting to determine language based on hashbang,
files which can not be opened as Unicode should be ignored.

Also merge the hashbang detection code and add coverage
of split_by_language.

Fixes #293
Latest commit 5c26e67 Aug 14, 2018



coala-quickstart: personalized coala setup for your project

coala-quickstart is a tool that helps users to quickly get started with coala. It can generate a .coafile ( coala's configuration file) that is tailored to your project. This supports projects in several languages, including popular languages such as C/C++, Python, JavaScript, CSS, Java.

Please note that you will want to manually adapt the configuration to your needs!


  • Out-of-the-box support for projects using various popular languages, such as C/C++, Python, Javascript, CSS, Java and many others with built-in check routines.
  • Automatic identification of relevant bears for your project based on the languages used.
  • A clean and simple interface with a well defined flow.


To install the latest stable version run:

$ pip3 install coala-quickstart


To install the latest development version run:

$ git clone https://github.com/coala/coala-quickstart
$ cd coala-quickstart
$ pip3 install .

Use the -e tag to install coala-quickstart in the editable mode which will allow you to make changes to the local repository and have them take effect in coala-quickstart immediately. For that, use the last commmand as:

$ pip3 install -e .

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coala-quickstart is designed with ease of use and simplicity in mind. To get started, simply run:

$ coala-quickstart

This should prompt you for the project directory. If you want to use the current directory, just press the return key and we'll be on our way!

At the end, you should have a file named .coafile generated at the root of your project directory. This contains all the settings needed by coala to lint and fix your code.

When this is done, simply fire up coala from your project's root directory:

$ coala

You can also open the .coafile in your favorite editor and edit the settings to suit your needs. Check out our coafile specification to learn more.


Feel free to contact us at our Gitter channel, we'd be happy to help!

You can also drop an email at our mailing list.


coala-quickstart is maintained by a growing community. Please take a look at the meta information in setup.py for the current maintainers.