CodeQL documentation

CodeQL CLI reference

Learn more about the files you can use when running CodeQL processes and the results format and exit codes that CodeQL generates.

  • About QL packs: QL packs are used to organize the files used in CodeQL analysis. They contain queries, library files, query suites, and important metadata.
  • Query reference files: A query reference file is text file that defines the location of one query to test.
  • SARIF output: CodeQL supports SARIF as an output format for sharing static analysis results.
  • Exit codes: The CodeQL CLI reports the status of each command it runs as an exit code. This exit code provides information for subsequent commands or for other tools that rely on the CodeQL CLI.

CodeQL CLI manual

To view detailed information about each CodeQL CLI command, including its usage and options, add the --help flag or visit the “CodeQL CLI manual.”