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Running rules

Existing and custom Semgrep rules can be run locally via the Semrgep command line tool or continuously with Semgrep CI. See Getting started for their respective installation and setup.

Run registry rules#

Explore the Semgrep Registry and run rules and rulesets via:

# Run a ruleset with rules for many languages using --config$ semgrep --config=<ruleset-id> path/to/src$ semgrep --config p/ci path/to/src

Rulesets can be added to Semgrep CI scans using their "Add to Policy" button on Semgrep Community and Semgrep Team.

Run local rules#


See Writing rules > Getting started to learn how to write rules.

Local rules can be ephemeral using the -e or --pattern flag or run from YAML rule files conforming to the Rule syntax schema.

Check for Python == where the left and right hand sides are the same (often a bug):

semgrep -e '$X == $X' --lang=py path/to/src

Run local YAML rule files:

semgrep --config path/to/yaml

We are working on optimizations to improve Semgrep's performance, which necessitates changing how rules are processed. If you are using v0.55.0 or later and you encounter an unexpected metavariable binding or missing result, try running with --optimizations none to use the original code path.

You may find that some files that were previously parsed are now skipped; this will happen if Semgrep can confirm the rule will not match the file without parsing it. You can similarly run with --optimizations none to avoid this.


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