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Magento Extension Quality Program Coding Standard

⚠️ Versions 3.0.0 and above of the MEQP Coding Standard are for Magento 1.x code only.

To check Magento 2.x code use Consolidated Magento Coding Standard.

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Magento EQP Coding Standard is a set of rules and sniffs for PHP_CodeSniffer tool.

It allows automatically check your code against some of the common Magento and PHP coding issues, like:

  • raw SQL queries;
  • SQL queries inside a loop;
  • direct class instantiation;
  • unnecessary collection loading;
  • excessive code complexity;
  • use of dangerous functions;
  • use of PHP superglobals;
  • code style issues and many others.

Magento Extension Quality Program Coding Standard consists of one ruleset - MEQP1 for Magento 1.x.


Install all dependencies via Composer:

$ composer create-project --repository= magento/marketplace-eqp magento-coding-standard

You’re required to authenticate; see Get your authentication keys for details.


$ cd magento-coding-standard

Select the standard to run with PHP_CodeSniffer. To check Magento extension run:

$ vendor/bin/phpcs /path/to/your/extension --standard=MEQP1

By default, PHP_CodeSniffer will check any file it finds with a .inc, .php, .js or .css extension. To check design templates you can specify --extensions=php,phtml option.

To check syntax with specific PHP version set paths to php binary dir:

$ vendor/bin/phpcs --config-set php7.0_path /path/to/your/php7
$ vendor/bin/phpcs --config-set php5.4_path /path/to/your/php5.4

Fixing Errors Automatically

PHP_CodeSniffer offers the PHP Code Beautifier and Fixer (phpcbf) tool. It can be used in place of phpcs to automatically generate and fix all fixable issues. We highly recommend run following command to fix as many sniff violations as possible:

$ vendor/bin/phpcbf /path/to/your/extension --standard=MEQP1

Marketplace Technical Review

To make sure your extension will pass CodeSniffer checks of Magento Marketplace Technical Review, you could run phpcs command with --severity=10 option.

$ vendor/bin/phpcs /path/to/your/extension --standard=MEQP1 --severity=10 --extensions=php,phtml

All severity 10 errors must be fixed in order to successfully pass Level 1 CodeSniffer checks.


Notice: PHP and Composer should be accessible globally.


Please feel free to contribute new sniffs or any fixes or improvements for the existing ones.