Naming Styles


Pylint recognizes a number of different name types internally. With a few exceptions, the type of the name is governed by the location the assignment to a name is found in, and not the type of object assigned.

Name Type Description
module Module and package names, same as the file names.
const Module-level constants, any variable defined at module level that is not bound to a class object.
class Names in class statements, as well as names bound to class objects at module level.
function Functions, toplevel or nested in functions or methods.
method Methods, functions defined in class bodies. Includes static and class methods.
attr Attributes created on class instances inside methods.
argument Arguments to any function type, including lambdas.
variable Local variables in function scopes.
class-attribute Attributes defined in class bodies.
inlinevar Loop variables in list comprehensions and generator expressions.

Default behavior

By default, Pylint will enforce PEP8-suggested names.

Predefined Naming Styles

Pylint provides set of predefined naming styles. Those predefined naming styles may be used to adjust Pylint configuration to coding style used in linted project.

Following predefined naming styles are available:

  • snake_case
  • camelCase
  • PascalCase
  • any - fake style which does not enforce any limitations

Following options are exposed:


Custom regular expressions

If predefined naming styles are too limited, checker behavior may be further customized. For each name type, a separate regular expression matching valid names of this type can be defined. If any of custom regular expressions are defined, it overrides *-naming-style option value.

Regular expressions for the names are anchored at the beginning, any anchor for the end must be supplied explicitly. Any name not matching the regular expression will lead to an instance of invalid-name.


Multiple naming styles for custom regular expressions ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~^

Large code bases that have been worked on for multiple years often exhibit an evolution in style as well. In some cases, modules can be in the same package, but still have different naming style based on the stratum they belong to. However, intra-module consistency should still be required, to make changes inside a single file easier. For this case, Pylint supports regular expression with several named capturing group.

Rather than emitting name warnings immediately, Pylint will determine the prevalent naming style inside each module and enforce it on all names.

Consider the following (simplified) example:

pylint --function-rgx='(?:(?P<snake>[a-z_]+)|(?P<camel>_?[A-Z]+))$'

The regular expression defines two naming styles, snake for snake-case names, and camel for camel-case names.

In, the function name on line 1 and 7 will mark the module and enforce the match of named group snake for the remaining names in the module:

def valid_snake_case(arg):

def InvalidCamelCase(arg):

def more_valid_snake_case(arg):

Because of this, the name on line 4 will trigger an invalid-name warning, even though the name matches the given regex.

Matches named exempt or ignore can be used for non-tainting names, to prevent built-in or interface-dictated names to trigger certain naming styles.


Default value: empty

Format: comma-separated groups of colon-separated names.

This option can be used to combine name styles. For example, function:method enforces that functions and methods use the same style, and a style triggered by either name type carries over to the other. This requires that the regular expression for the combined name types use the same group names.

Name Hints


Default: off

Include a hint (regular expression used) for the correct name format with every invalid-name warning.