Ignoring findings

Ignoring findings via inline comments

Semgrep allows for ignoring, or whitelisting, findings in code by specifying a nosem comment on the first line of a finding. Comments take the form of nosem or nosem: <rule-id>. This functionality works across languages.

A stand-alone nosem comment will ignore all Semgrep findings on the line it appears. A nosem comment specifying a specific rule ID will only ignore the specified rule. Multiple rules can be ignored using a comma-delimited list.

For example, in JavaScript:

bad_func(); // nosem
bad_func(); // nosem: rule-id-1
bad_func(); // nosem: rule-id-1, rule-id-2
bad_func(   // nosem: rule-id-1

For example, in Python:

bad_func()  # nosem: rule-id-1


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

Ignoring findings via project ignores


Note that .semgrepignore is only used by Semgrep CI, and will not be honored when running the regular semgrep on the command-line.

Semgrep CLI will respect the presence of a .gitignore in the project and will not scan any paths present in the git ignore. This behavior can be disabled by using the flag --no-git-ignore.

If there are files that you want to track in Git but have Semgrep ignore, Semgrep CI (but not the CLI) will respect a .semgrepignore file that follows a similar convention to the .gitignore. Eg:

:include .gitignore

For a complete example, see the .semgrepignore on the Semgrep source code itself.

If there's no .semgrepignore file in your repository, Semgrep CI will use a default ignore list that skips common test and dependency directories, including tests/, node_modules/, and vendor/. You can find the full list in the .semgrepignore template file. To override these default ignore patterns, commit your own .semgrepignore.