StyleCI provides two ways to configure your repos. You can apply configuration either by committing a .styleci.yml file to the project's root, or by visiting its settings page on our site (accessible by the gear icon to the repo name's right on your homepage) and applying it there.

Configuration is formatted as a series of keys and values.

{warn} Setting configuration through the browser will override all config set in the .styleci.yml file.

{danger} If you want to use our PHP header checking facility, you must configure that part on the settings page; it's the only part of the configuration not available through the .styleci.yml file.

Choosing Languages

If you're on a newer paid plan, then you'll have access to support for fixing PHP, JS, CSS, Vue.js, Python, and more. If you're on the open source plan, then you'll get support for standalone PHP.

The configuration format differs significantly between PHP and other languages. As well as this, the format used for multiple languages rather than just PHP will only be accepted if your plan supports it.

{info} By default, we will assume you have a PHP repo, and so if you provide no config, you will get all the defaults.

Fixing Strategies

Our PHP fixing works by applying fixers to files that fix specific things. By comparison, support for other, newer languages works differently by reprinting the entire file. For these languages it may seem like less is being fixed due to a lack of options, but this is not the case; many fixes for these languages occur internally, and don't require the same depth of control as what our PHP service provides.

PHP-Only Mode

If you happen to be using an open-source plan, you will have access to PHP-only features. These are detailed here.

Multi-Language Mode

If you have a paid plan, you'll have access to configuration features for every language StyleCI supports. Find out more about these options here.

Default Configuration

Our default (PHP-only) configuration, used to define any keys you've omitted, is as follows:

preset: recommended
risky: true
    - modules
    - node_modules
    - storage
    - vendor
  name: "*.php"
  not-name: "*.blade.php"

You can read more about each option here; in essence, the default mode uses recommended fixers and ignores paths and file suffixes that are usually undesirable to fix.

This configuration, in multi-language mode, is equivalent to:

php: true
js: false
ts: false
css: false
vue: false
py: false

You can read more about each option here. It simply disables all languages other than PHP, using its default settings above.

Format Appendix

Configuration is formatted as a series of keys and their values, like the following:

    - value1
    - value2
    - value3
  - value4

As can be seen, key4 has a single value (value4) and key1 has two sub-keys (key2 and key3), each of which have their own values (value1+value2 and value3, respectively). A StyleCI configuration, written like above in either your .styleci.yml file or in the settings page, thus forms a tree of nested options.

Note that the final bullet-point lists of values cannot themselves be nested. If there is only one element in them, you can omit the bullet like so:

    - value1
    - value2
  key3: value3
key4: value4