Pylint VS prospector

Compare Pylint vs prospector and see what are their differences.


Inspects Python source files and provides information about type and location of classes, methods etc (by PyCQA)
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Pylint prospector
23 3
4,585 1,780
2.8% 1.5%
9.7 4.0
about 17 hours ago about 24 hours ago
Python Python
GNU General Public License v3.0 only GNU General Public License v3.0 only
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Posts with mentions or reviews of Pylint. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-03-05.


Posts with mentions or reviews of prospector. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-03-16.
  • The Ruff python linter is insanely good
    10 projects | | 16 Mar 2023
    Just before discovering ruff, I was already migrating to PyCQA/prospector to simplify my configs...
  • Prospector vs running pylint/pycodestyle/mypy/etc individually?
    2 projects | | 25 Sep 2022
    I've been using linters like pylint and pycodestyle/pep8 for a while, but only recently came across the PyCQA project prospector. If I understand correctly, it basically wraps the other linting tools and gives them less-noisy defaults. It looks like it also has optional support for tools like mypy, bandit (security issues), and vulture (dead code detection).
    2 projects | | 25 Sep 2022
    Looking into it, I'm surprised as well. They're also both PyCQA projects, albeit with different maintainers. It's also kind of odd that prospector's pre-commit config runs both prospector and flake8 -- that seems redundant.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing Pylint and prospector you can also consider the following projects:

Flake8 - flake8 is a python tool that glues together pycodestyle, pyflakes, mccabe, and third-party plugins to check the style and quality of some python code.

pylama - Code audit tool for python.

black - The uncompromising Python code formatter

autopep8 - A tool that automatically formats Python code to conform to the PEP 8 style guide.

isort - A Python utility / library to sort imports.

PythonBuddy - 1st Online Python Editor With Live Syntax Checking and Execution

autoflake - Removes unused imports and unused variables as reported by pyflakes

dotenv-linter - ⚡️Lightning-fast linter for .env files. Written in Rust 🦀

mypy - Optional static typing for Python