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    Ignore files, folders, and code

    This document describes two types of ignore operations:

    • Ignoring as exclusion. Exclude or skip specific files and folders from the scope of Semgrep scans in your repository or working directory. Ignoring in this context means that Semgrep does not generate findings for the ignored files and folders.
    • Ignoring as triage action. Ignore specific parts of code that would have generated a finding. Ignoring in this context means that Semgrep generates a finding record and automatically triages it as Ignored, a triage state.

    All Semgrep environments (CLI, CI, and Semgrep AppSec Platform) adhere to user-defined or Semgrep-defined ignore patterns.

    Reference summary

    To ignore blocks of code: nosemgrepCreate a comment, followed by a space ( ), followed by nosemgrep at the first line or preceding line of the pattern match. This generates a finding that is automatically ignored. // nosemgrep                   // nosemgrep: rule-id
    # nosemgrep
    To ignore files and folders: .semgrepignoreCreate a .semgrepignore file in your repository's root directory or your project's working directory and add patterns for files and folders there. Patterns follow .gitignore syntax with some caveats. See Defining ignored files and folders in .semgrepignore..semgrepignore sample file

    Understand Semgrep defaults

    Without user customization, Semgrep refers to the following to define ignored files and folders:

    • Semgrep's default .semgrepignore file
    • Your repository's .gitignore file (if it exists)

    In the absence of a user-generated .semgrepignore, Semgrep refers to its repository's default template:

    # Common large paths

    # Common test paths

    # Semgrep rules folder

    # Semgrep-action log folder


    The default .semgrepignore file causes Semgrep to skip these folders:

    • /tests, /test
    • /vendors

    To include the above folders, create a .semgrepignore file without those paths.

    Files, folders, and code beyond Semgrep's scope

    There are files that Semgrep ignores even without .semgrepignore:

    • Large files (maximum file size defaults to 1MB)
    • Binary files
    • Unknown file extensions (file extensions not matched with any supported programming language)

    Large files and unknown file extensions are included or excluded through command line flags (See CLI reference). Binary files are never scanned.

    This document defines files, folders and code as those that are relevant to a Semgrep scan. For example, .jpg files are not a part of Semgrep's scope and therefore are not part of the scope of this document.

    Customize ignore behavior

    Semgrep provides several methods to customize ignore behavior. Refer to the following table to see which method suits your goal:

    To scan all files within Semgrep's scope each time you run Semgrep (only files within .git are ignored).Create an empty .semgrepignore file in your repository root directory or in your project's working directory. An empty .semgrepignore will make Semgrep scan paths in .gitignore.
    To ignore files and folders in .gitignore.Add :include .gitignore to your .semgrepignore file.
    To ignore custom files and folders each time you run a scan.Add these files to your .semgrepignore file or define them through Semgrep AppSec Platform.
    To ignore specific code blocks each time you run a scan.Create a comment with the word nosemgrep.
    To ignore files or folders for a particular scan.Run Semgrep with the flag --exclude followed by the pattern or file to be excluded. See CLI reference.
    To include files or folders for a particular scan.Run Semgrep with the flag --include followed by the pattern or file to be included. See CLI reference. When including a pattern from a .gitignore or .semgrepignore file, --include does not override either, still resulting in the file's exclusion.
    To include files or folders defined within a .gitignore for a particular scan.Run Semgrep with the flag --no-git-ignore, which overrides its definition within .semgrepignore as well.
    To ignore files or folders for a particular rule.Edit the rule to set the paths key with one or more patterns. See Rule syntax.

    Define ignored files and folders in .semgrepignore

    .semgrepignore syntax mirrors .gitignore syntax, with the following modifications:

    • "Include" patterns (lines starting with !) are unsupported.
    • "Character range" patterns (lines including a collection of characters inside brackets) are unsupported.
    • An :include ... directive is added, which allows another file to be included in the ignore pattern list; typically this included file would be the project .gitignore. No attempt at cycle detection is made.
    • Any line that begins with a colon, but not :include, raises an error.
    • \: is added to escape leading colons.

    Unsupported patterns are silently removed from the pattern list (this is done so that .gitignore files may be included without raising errors). The removal is logged.

    For a description of .gitignore syntax, see .gitignore documentation.

    Define ignored files and folders in Semgrep AppSec Platform

    Another method for users to define ignore patterns is through a Project in Semgrep AppSec Platform. These patterns follow the same syntax as .semgrepignore in the preceding section.

    To define files and folders in Semgrep AppSec Platform:

    1. Sign in to Semgrep AppSec Platform.
    2. From the Dashboard Sidebar, select Projects > [Project name].
    3. Select the name of the project to modify, and then click the respective gear icon in the Settings column.
    4. Enter files and folders to ignore in the Path Ignores box.

    Including files and folders through this method is additive. When Semgrep AppSec Platform makes a scan, it looks for a .semgrepignore within the repository. If no .semgrepignore file is found, Semgrep temporarily creates one and adds items from Semgrep AppSec Platform's Path Ignores. Adding items to the Path Ignores box does not override default Semgrep ignore patterns.

    You can also add files to .semgrepignore while triaging individual findings in the No grouping view on the Findings page:

    1. On the Semgrep Code Findings page, click the Status filter, and then select the Open status to see all open findings.
    2. Next to a finding you want to ignore, click Open.
    3. Optional: Select Ignore reason. Choose either: False positive, Acceptable risk, No time to fix.
    4. Click Done.

    Add files to .semgrepignore in the fifth step of the procedure described above.

    Ignore code through nosemgrep

    To ignore blocks of code, define an inline comment, followed by a space ( ), followed by the word nosemgrep at either the first line or the line preceding the potential match. Semgrep ignores all rule pattern matches. This functionality works across all supported languages.


    Ignoring code through this method still generates a finding. The finding is automatically set to the Ignored triage state.

    nosemgrep in Python:

    bad_func1() # nosemgrep

    # nosemgrep

    nosemgrep in JavaScript:

    // nosemgrep

    bad_func2(); // nosemgrep

    bad_func3( // nosemgrep


    The space ( ) before nosemgrep is required for Semgrep to detect this annotation.

    To ignore blocks of code for a particular rule, enter its rule-id as follows: nosemgrep: RULE_ID. To ignore multiple rules, use a comma-delimited list. rule-ids must be referenced with their namespace.

    Python examples:

    bad_func1() # nosemgrep: rule-id-1

    # nosemgrep: rule-id-1, rule-id-2

    JavaScript examples wherein rules are stored in a configs subdirectory:

    // nosemgrep: configs.rule-id-3

    bad_func2(); // nosemgrep: configs.rule-id-3

    bad_func3( // nosemgrep: configs.rule-id-3, configs.rule-id-4


    Previous annotations for ignoring code inline, such as nosem, are deprecated.

    Disable rules on Semgrep AppSec Platform

    Semgrep AppSec Platform users can disable rules and rulesets through the Policies page. See Disabling rules and Disabling rulesets.

    Ignore findings

    Ignoring can also be a triage action. In this case, the code is scanned rather than excluded, and if a pattern match occurs, a finding record is generated that you can then triage as Ignored. See Triage and remediate Semgrep Code findings in Semgrep AppSec Platform to learn how to:

    Known issues

    --no-git-ignore is overridden due to default ignore patterns (.semgrepignore) (#4537)

    To fix this, create an empty .semgrepignore file. If the scan is a one-off event, delete the .semgrepignore file to restore default ignore patterns.

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