The style file

A “Nitpick code style” is a TOML file with the settings that should be present in config files from other tools.

Example of a style:

line-length = 120

pylint = "*"

ignore = "D107,D202,D203,D401"
max-line-length = 120
inline-quotes = "double"

line_length = 120
multi_line_output = 3
include_trailing_comma = true
force_grid_wrap = 0
combine_as_imports = true

This example style will assert that:

  • black, isort and flake8 have a line length of 120;

  • flake8 and isort are configured with the above options in setup.cfg;

  • Pylint is present as a Poetry dev dependency in pyproject.toml.

Configure your own style

After creating your own TOML file with your style, add it to your pyproject.toml file. See the [tool.nitpick] section for details.

You can also check the pre-configured defaults, and copy/paste/change configuration from them.

Default search order for a style

  1. A file or URL configured in the pyproject.toml file, [tool.nitpick] section, style key, as described in The [tool.nitpick] section.

  2. Any nitpick-style.toml file found in the current directory (the one in which flake8 runs from) or above.

  3. If no style is found, then the default style file from GitHub is used.

Style file syntax

A style file contains basically the configuration options you want to enforce in all your projects.

They are just the config to the tool, prefixed with the name of the config file.

E.g.: To configure the black formatter with a line length of 120, you use this in your pyproject.toml:

line-length = 120

To enforce that all your projects use this same line length, add this to your nitpick-style.toml file:

line-length = 120

It’s the same exact section/key, just prefixed with the config file name ("pyproject.toml".)

The same works for setup.cfg.

To configure mypy to ignore missing imports in your project, this is needed on setup.cfg:

ignore_missing_imports = true

To enforce all your projects to ignore missing imports, add this to your nitpick-style.toml file:

ignore_missing_imports = true

Breaking style changes


Below are the breaking changes in the style before the API is stable. If your style was working in a previous version and now it’s not, check below.

missing_message key was removed

missing_message was removed. Use [nitpick.files.present] now.


missing_message = "Install poetry and run 'poetry init' to create it"


"pyproject.toml" = "Install poetry and run 'poetry init' to create it"