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Getting started with Semgrep CLI

Installing and running Semgrep locally

Install and run Semgrep locally to scan your code. Semgrep runs offline on uncompiled code. No code leaves your computer.


Semgrep CLI installation requires Python 3.7 or later.

  1. Install Semgrep. Use one of the following options depending on your system and preference:

    brew install semgrep


    python3 -m pip install semgrep
  1. Confirm installation by running a simple search pattern. For example, run the following command:
    semgrep --pattern '127.$A.$B.$C' --lang generic /etc/hosts
  2. Run recommended Semgrep Registry rules:
    semgrep --config=auto PATH/TO/SRC
    Substitute the optional placeholder PATH/TO/SRC with the path to your source code.

By default, when Semgrep Registry is used, Semgrep collects usage metrics.

Next steps

By completing this guide, you are now familiar with a simple use of Semgrep. Here are some additional resources to follow:

Testing Semgrep on vulnerable repositories

The following community projects are designed to test code scanners and teach security concepts. Try cloning and scanning them with Semgrep.

Expand for sample projects! 🎉

# juice-shop, a vulnerable Node.js + Express app:
git clone
cd juice-shop
semgrep --config=auto

# Or if you don't have Semgrep installed, replace the semgrep command with:
docker run --rm -v "$(pwd)/juice-shop:/src" returntocorp/semgrep semgrep --config p/security-audit /src

# Try railsgoat, a vulnerable Ruby on Rails app:
git clone
cd railsgoat
semgrep --config=auto

# govwa, a vulnerable Go app:
git clone
cd govwa
semgrep --config=auto

# Vulnerable-Flask-App, vulnerable Python + Flask:
git clone
cd Vulnerable-Flask-App
semgrep --config=auto

# WebGoat, a vulnerable Java + Spring app:
git clone
cd WebGoat
semgrep --config=auto

Run Semgrep continuously

Semgrep is at its best when used to continuously scan code. Check out Semgrep in CI to learn how to get results where you already work: GitHub, GitLab, Slack, Jira, and more. To get results even earlier in the development process, such as in a Git pre-commit hook or VS Code, check the available Semgrep extensions.

Check out Semgrep App to integrate CI with PR or MR comments, monitor progress, host private rules (paid tier), and much more!


We release new Semgrep versions often! See upgrading for more details.

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