Release Notes

pydocstyle version numbers follow the Semantic Versioning specification.

6.3.0 - January 17th, 2023

New Features

  • Add ignore-self-only-init config (#560).

Bug Fixes

  • Revert - Obey match rules in pre-commit usage (#610).

6.2.3 - January 8th, 2023

Bug Fixes

  • Fix decorator parsing for async function. Resolves some false positives with async functions and overload. (#577)

  • Obey match rules in pre-commit usage (#610).

6.2.2 - January 3rd, 2023

Bug Fixes

  • Fix false positives of D417 in google convention docstrings (#619).

6.2.1 - January 3rd, 2023

Bug Fixes

  • Use tomllib/tomli to correctly read .toml files (#599, #600).

6.2.0 - January 2nd, 2023

New Features

  • Allow for hanging indent when documenting args in Google style. (#449)

  • Add support for property_decorators config to ignore D401.

  • Add support for Python 3.10 (#554).

  • Replace D10X errors with D419 if docstring exists but is empty (#559).

  • Add support for Sphinx-style parameter descriptions to D417.

Bug Fixes

  • Fix --match option to only consider filename when matching full paths (#550).

6.1.1 - May 17th, 2021

Bug Fixes

  • Split --source by lines instead of by characters (#536).

6.1.0 - May 17th, 2021

New Features

  • Enable full toml configuration and pyproject.toml (#534).

6.0.0 - March 18th, 2021

Major Updates

  • Support for Python 3.5 has been dropped (#510).

New Features

  • Add flag to disable # noqa comment processing in API (#485).

  • Methods, Functions and Nested functions that have a docstring now throw D418 (#511).

  • Methods decorated with @overload no longer reported as D102 (#511).

  • Functions and nested functions decorated with @overload no longer reported as D103 (#511).

Bug Fixes

  • Treat “package” as an imperative verb for D401 (#356).

  • Fix the parsing of decorated one line functions (#499).

5.1.2 - September 13th, 2020

New Features

  • Methods, Functions and Nested functions that have a docstring now throw D418 (#511).

  • Methods decorated with @overload no longer reported as D102.

  • Functions and nested functions decorated with @overload no longer reported as D103.

5.1.1 - August 29th, 2020

Bug Fixes

  • Fix IndexError crash on one-line backslashed docstrings (#506).

5.1.0 - August 22nd, 2020

New Features

  • Skip function arguments prefixed with _ in D417 check (#440).

Bug Fixes

  • Update convention support documentation (#386, #393)

  • Detect inner asynchronous functions for D202 (#467)

  • Fix indentation error while parsing class methods (#441).

  • Fix a bug in parsing Google-style argument description. The bug caused some argument names to go unreported in D417 (#448).

  • Fixed an issue where skipping errors on module level docstring via #noqa failed when there where more prior comments (#446).

  • Support backslash-continued descriptions in docstrings (#472).

  • Correctly detect publicity of modules inside directories (#470, #494).

5.0.2 - January 8th, 2020

Bug Fixes

  • Fix DeprecationWarning / SyntaxError “invalid escape sequence” with Python 3.6+ (#445).

5.0.1 - December 9th, 2019

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where AttributeError was raised when parsing the parameter section of a class docstring (#434, #436).

5.0.0 - December 9th, 2019

Major Updates

  • Support for Python 3.4 has been dropped (#402).

New Features

  • Extend support for detecting missing arguments in Google style docstrings to method calls (#384).

  • Extend support for detecting missing argument description in Numpy style docstrings (#407).

  • Added support for Python 3.8 (#423).

  • Allow skipping errors on module level docstring via #noqa (#427).

  • Whitespace is ignored with set options split across multiple lines (#221).

Bug Fixes

  • Remove D413 from the google convention (#430).

  • Remove D413 from the pep257 convention (#404).

  • Replace semicolon with colon in D416 messages. (#409)

  • D301 (Use r””” if any backslashes in a docstring) does not trigger on backslashes for line continuation or unicode literals \u... and \N... anymore. These are considered intended elements of the docstring and thus should not be escaped by using a raw docstring (#365).

  • Fix decorator parsing (#411).

  • Google-style sections no longer cause false errors when used with Numpy-style sections (#388, #424).

  • D202: Allow a blank line after function docstring when followed by declaration of an inner function or class (#395, #426).

  • Fix D401 and D404 checks not working for docstrings containing only one word and ending with non-alpha character (#421)

4.0.1 - August 14th, 2019

Bug Fixes

  • D401: Fixed a false positive where one stem had multiple imperative forms, e.g., init and initialize / initiate (#382).

  • Fix parser hanging when there’s a comment directly after __all__ (#391, #366).

  • Fixed RST error in table which resulted in the online documentation missing the violation code table (#396).

  • Fixed IndentationError when parsing function arguments (#392).

4.0.0 - July 6th, 2019

Major Updates

  • Support for Python 2.x and PyPy has been dropped (#340).

  • Added initial support for Google convention (#357).

New Features

  • Added pre-commit hook (#346)

Bug Fixes

  • Fix parsing tuple syntax __all__ (#355, #352).

3.0.0 - October 14th, 2018

Major Updates

  • Support for Python 3.3 has been dropped (#315, #316).

  • Added support for Python 3.7 (#324).

New features

  • Violations are now reported on the line where the docstring starts, not the line of the def/class it corresponds to (#238, #83).

  • Updated description of pep257 and numpy conventions (#300).

  • __all__ parsing is now done on a best-effort basis - if __all__ can’t be statically determined, it will be ignored (#320, #313).

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a false-positive recognition of section names causing D405 to be reported (#311, #317).

  • Fixed a bug where functions that don’t end with a newline will sometimes raise an exception (#321, #336).

2.1.1 - October 9th, 2017

Bug Fixes

  • Changed wheel configuration to be NOT universal, as #281 added configparser as a dependency for Python 2.7.

  • Updated usage documentation.

2.1.0 - October 8th, 2017

New Features

  • Public nested classes missing a docstring are now reported as D106 instead of D101 (#198, #261).

  • __init__ methods missing a docstring are now reported as D107 instead of D102 (#273, #277).

  • Added support for Python 3.6 (#270).

  • Specifying an invalid error code prefix (e.g., --select=D9) will print a warning message to stderr (#253, #279).

  • Configuration files now support multiple-lined entries (#250, #281).

  • Improved description of how error selection works in the help section (#231, #283).

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where the --source flag would result in improperly spaced output (#256, #257, #260).

  • Fixed an issue where if a first word in a docstring had Unicode characters and the docstring was not a unicode string, an exception would be raised (#258, #264).

  • Configuration files that were specified by CLI and don’t contain a valid section name will now issue a warning to stderr (#276, #280).

  • Removed D107 from the numpy convention (#288).

2.0.0 - April 18th, 2017

Major Updates

  • Support for numpy conventions verification has been added (#129, #226).

  • Support for Python 2.6 has been dropped (#206, #217).

  • Support for PyPy3 has been temporarily dropped, until it will be equivalent to CPython 3.3+ and supported by pip (#223).

  • Support for the pep257 console script has been dropped. Only the pydocstyle console script should be used (#216, #218).

  • Errors are now printed to stdout instead of stderr (#201, #210).

New Features

  • Decorator-based skipping via --ignore-decorators has been added (#204).

  • Support for using pycodestyle style wildcards has been added (#72, #209).

  • Superfluous opening quotes are now reported as part of D300 (#166, #225).

  • Fixed a false-positive recognition of D410 and added D412 (#230, #233).

  • Added --config=<path> flag to override the normal config file discovery and choose a specific config file (#117, #247).

  • Support for specifying error codes with partial prefix has been added, e.g., --select=D101,D2 (#72, #209).

  • All configuration file can now have the .ini extension (#237).

  • Added better imperative mood checks using third party stemmer (#235, #68).

Bug Fixes

  • Made parser more robust to bad source files (#168, #214)

  • Modules are now considered private if their name starts with a single underscore. This is a bugfix where “public module” (D100) was reported regardless of module name (#199, #222).

  • Removed error when __all__ is a list (#62, #227).

  • Fixed a bug where the @ sign was used as a matrix multiplication operator in Python 3.5, but was considered a decorator by the parser (#246, #191).

1.1.1 - October 4th, 2016

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where the flake8-docstrings failed when accessing some public API from pydocstyle.

1.1.0 - September 29th, 2016

Major Updates

  • pydocstyle is no longer a single file. This might make it difficult for some users to just add it to their project, but the project has reached certain complexity where splitting it into modules was necessary (#200).

New Features

  • Added the optional error codes D212 and D213, for checking whether the summary of a multi-line docstring starts at the first line, respectively at the second line (#174).

  • Added D404 - First word of the docstring should not be “This”. It is turned off by default (#183).

  • Added the ability to ignore specific function and method docstrings with inline comments:

    1. “# noqa” skips all checks.

    2. “# noqa: D102,D203” can be used to skip specific checks.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where file paths were printed in lower case (#179, #181).

  • The error code D300 is now also being reported if a docstring has uppercase literals (R or U) as prefix (#176).

  • Fixed a bug where an __all__ error was reported when __all__ was imported from another module with a different name (#182, #187).

  • Fixed a bug where raise X from Y syntax caused pydocstyle to crash (#196, #200).

1.0.0 - January 30th, 2016

Major Updates

  • The project was renamed to pydocstyle and the new release will be 1.0.0!

New Features

  • Added support for Python 3.5 (#145).

  • Classes nested inside classes are no longer considered private. Nested classes are considered public if their names are not prepended with an underscore and if their parent class is public, recursively (#13, #146).

  • Added the D403 error code - “First word of the first line should be properly capitalized”. This new error is turned on by default (#164, #165, #170).

  • Added support for .pydocstylerc and as configuration file name (#140, #173).

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where a NameError was raised when parsing complex definitions of __all__ (#142, #143).

  • Fixed a bug where D202 was falsely reported when a function with just a docstring and no content was followed by a comment (#165).

  • Fixed wrong __all__ definition in main module (#150, #156).

  • Fixed a bug where an AssertionError could occur when parsing __future__ imports (#154).

Older Versions


Versions documented below are before renaming the project from pep257 to pydocstyle.

0.7.0 - October 9th, 2015

New Features

  • Added the D104 error code - “Missing docstring in public package”. This new error is turned on by default. Missing docstring in files which previously resulted in D100 errors (“Missing docstring in public module”) will now result in D104 (#105, #127).

  • Added the D105 error code - “Missing docstring in magic method’. This new error is turned on by default. Missing docstrings in magic method which previously resulted in D102 error (“Missing docstring in public method”) will now result in D105. Note that exceptions to this rule are variadic magic methods - specifically __init__, __call__ and __new__, which will be considered non-magic and missing docstrings in them will result in D102 (#60, #139).

  • Support the option to exclude all error codes. Running pep257 with --select= (or select= in the configuration file) will exclude all errors which could then be added one by one using add-select. Useful for projects new to pep257 (#132, #135).

  • Added check D211: No blank lines allowed before class docstring. This change is a result of a change to the official PEP257 convention. Therefore, D211 will now be checked by default instead of D203, which required a single blank line before a class docstring (#137).

  • Configuration files are now handled correctly. The closer a configuration file is to a checked file the more it matters. Configuration files no longer support explain, source, debug, verbose or count (#133).

Bug Fixes

  • On Python 2.x, D302 (“Use u””” for Unicode docstrings”) is not reported if unicode_literals is imported from __future__ (#113, #134).

  • Fixed a bug where there was no executable for pep257 on Windows (#73, #136).

0.6.0 - July 20th, 2015

New Features

  • Added support for more flexible error selections using --ignore, --select, --convention, --add-ignore and --add-select (#96, #123).

Bug Fixes

  • Property setter and deleter methods are now treated as private and do not require docstrings separate from the main property method (#69, #107).

  • Fixed an issue where pep257 did not accept docstrings that are both unicode and raw in Python 2.x (#116, #119).

  • Fixed an issue where Python 3.x files with Unicode encodings were not read correctly (#118).

0.5.0 - March 14th, 2015

New Features

  • Added check D210: No whitespaces allowed surrounding docstring text (#95).

  • Added real documentation rendering using Sphinx (#100, #101).

Bug Fixes

  • Removed log level configuration from module level (#98).

  • D205 used to check that there was a blank line between the one line summary and the description. It now checks that there is exactly one blank line between them (#79).

  • Fixed a bug where --match-dir was not properly respected (#108, #109).

0.4.1 - January 10th, 2015

Bug Fixes

  • Getting ImportError when trying to run pep257 as the installed script (#92, #93).

0.4.0 - January 4th, 2015


A fatal bug was discovered in this version (#92). Please use a newer version.

New Features

  • Added configuration file support (#58, #87).

  • Added a --count flag that prints the number of violations found (#86, #89).

  • Added support for Python 3.4, PyPy and PyPy3 (#81).

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed broken tests (#74).

  • Fixed parsing various colon and parenthesis combinations in definitions (#82).

  • Allow for greater flexibility in parsing __all__ (#67).

  • Fixed handling of one-liner definitions (#77).

0.3.2 - March 11th, 2014

First documented release!