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pack init


codeql pack init [--dir=<dir>] [--extractor=<extractor>] <options>... -- <package-name>


[Experimental] Initializes a qlpack in the specified directory.

The pack will be created in a child directory of the specified directory.



[Mandatory] The scope and name of the pack to create. Scope is only required if this pack is to be published.


Initial version of the pack.

-d, --dir=<dir>

The directory to create the pack in. Defaults to current working directory.

-e, --extractor=<extractor>

The extractor to use for this qlpack. Only useful if this pack contains tests.

Common options

-h, --help

Show this help text.


[Advanced] Give option to the JVM running the command.

(Beware that options containing spaces will not be handled correctly.)

-v, --verbose

Incrementally increase the number of progress messages printed.

-q, --quiet

Incrementally decrease the number of progress messages printed.


[Advanced] Explicitly set the verbosity level to one of errors, warnings, progress, progress+, progress++, progress+++. Overrides -v and -q.


[Advanced] Write detailed logs to one or more files in the given directory, with generated names that include timestamps and the name of the running subcommand.

(To write a log file with a name you have full control over, instead give --log-to-stderr and redirect stderr as desired.)

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