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query format


codeql query format [--output=<file>] [--in-place] [--backup=<ext>] <options>... [--] <file>...


Autoformat QL source code.



One or more .ql or .qll source files to autoformat. A dash can be speficied to read from standard input.

-o, --output=<file>

Write the formatted QL code to this file instead of the standard output stream. Must not be given if there is more than one input.

-i, --[no-]in-place

Overwrite each input file with a formatted version of its content.


Instead of writing output, exit with status 1 if any input files differ from their correct formatting. A message telling which files differed will be printed to standard error unless you also give -qq.

-b, --backup=<ext>

When writing a file that already exists, rename the existing file to a backup by appending this extension to its name. If the backup file already exists, it will be silently deleted.


If an input file is not syntactically correct QL, pretend that it is already correctly formatted. (Usually such a file causes the command to terminate with an error message).

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.)