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    eslines helps you to post-process an ESLint JSON report.


    Originally, the project was created to downgrade errors into warnings if they were reported in lines not modified within the current git branch - hence the name.

    This approach helped us to set all our ESLint rules to errors without the need to immediately fix all the linting errors in our codebase. Our linting tools (pre-commit hooks, continuous integration, etc) only reported errors in lines that were modified by a branch. All new code needed to adhere to the current linting standards, but legacy code could be migrated gradually - helping to evolve the linting standards as well.

    Nowadays, it has grown to support more options than that.

    How to use it

    Install it:

    npm install eslines

    Add the default .eslines.json config file to your git repo:

        "branches": {
            "default": ["downgrade-unmodified-lines"]
        "processors": {
            "downgrade-unmodified-lines": {
                "remote": "origin/master",
                "rulesNotToDowngrade": ["no-unused-vars"]

    Run it:

    eslint -f json . | eslines

    The resulting report will transform any ESLint error into a warning if it is reported in lines not modified within the current branch. The no-unused-vars rule won't be downgraded, though - this is one case where changing one line can cause a linting error in a different one so we recommend preventing it from downgrading.

    If you rather use node-like pipes, check the eslint-eslines utility.

    Config file

    eslines reads its configuration from a file named .eslines.json placed in the root of your git repository. Out of the box, it comes with four ways of post-processing an ESLint report - we call them processors: downgrade-unmodified-lines, filter-parsing-errors, filter-when-format, enforce.

    Example config:

    	"branches": {
    		"default": ["downgrade-unmodified-lines", "enforce"],
    		"master": ["filter-parsing-errors"],
    		"my/topic-branch": ["filter-when-format"]
    	"processors": {
    		"downgrade-unmodified-lines": {
    			"remote": "origin/master",
    			"rulesNotToDowngrade": ["no-unused-vars"]
    		"filter-when-format": {
    			"rulesToIgnore": ["indent"]
    		"enforce": {
    			"rules": ["max-len"]

    With the above configuration, the linting process will report only JavaScript parsing errors when running on a git branch called master.

    On the my/topic-branch branch, eslines will completely remove any breaks reported by the indent rule in files that contain the @format tag. It will keep them intact in other files that don't contain the tag.

    For other branches, eslines will report any max-len or no-unused-vars break, plus any error in lines modified within the current branch (provided that no-unused-vars is defined as an error in ESLint).

    • branches: tell eslines which processors to use by default and which ones to use for particular branches. If none is set, it'll use downgrade-unmodified-lines.

    • processors: each processor may have its own configuration. Detailed info.

    Runtime options

    The eslines Command Line Interface has the following options:

    • --diff or -d: let you choose between two diff strategies for the downgrade-unmodified-lines processor

      • index: to diff HEAD against the git index.
      • remote: to diff HEAD against the git remote. This is the default.
    • --format or -f: set any ESLint formatter as the output for eslines. stylish will be used by default.

    • --processors or -p: choose one or several eslines processors at run-time. downgrade-unmodified-lines will be used by default. Processors can be composed by separating them with commas such as --processors downgrade-unmodified-lines,enforce.

    • --quiet: report errors only.

    Some examples:

    to get a report with junit format containing only the parsing errors

    eslint -f json . | eslines -p parsing-errors -f junit

    to get a report containing errors in lines modified within files at the git index

    eslint -f json . | eslines -d index

    How to contribute

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    npm i eslines

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