Most aspects of its behavior can be tweaked via various configuration options.

Apart from reporting problems in your code, RuboCop can also automatically fix some of the problems for you.

You can support my work on RuboCop via Salt and Gratipay.

Code Quality Rank: L4
Monthly Downloads: 9,191,517
Programming language: Ruby
License: MIT License
Latest version: v1.6.0

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Role models are important. -- Officer Alex J. Murphy / RoboCop

RuboCop is a Ruby static code analyzer (a.k.a. linter) and code formatter. Out of the box it will enforce many of the guidelines outlined in the community Ruby Style Guide. Apart from reporting the problems discovered in your code, RuboCop can also automatically fix many of them for you.

RuboCop is extremely flexible and most aspects of its behavior can be tweaked via various configuration options.

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Please consider financially supporting its ongoing development.


RuboCop's installation is pretty standard:

$ gem install rubocop

If you'd rather install RuboCop using bundler, add a line for it in your Gemfile (but set the require option to false, as it is a standalone tool):

gem 'rubocop', require: false

RuboCop is stable between major versions, both in terms of API and cop configuration. We aim the ease the maintenance of RuboCop extensions and the upgrades between RuboCop releases. All big changes are reserved for major releases. To prevent an unwanted RuboCop update you might want to use a conservative version lock in your Gemfile:

gem 'rubocop', '~> 1.6', require: false

See versioning for further details.


Just type rubocop in a Ruby project's folder and watch the magic happen.

$ cd my/cool/ruby/project
$ rubocop


You can read a lot more about RuboCop in its official docs.


RuboCop officially supports the following Ruby implementations:

  • MRI 2.4+
  • JRuby 9.2+

See the compatibility documentation for further details.

Readme Badge

If you use RuboCop in your project, you can include one of these badges in your readme to let people know that your code is written following the community Ruby Style Guide.

Ruby Style Guide

Ruby Style Guide

Here are the Markdown snippets for the two badges:

[![Ruby Style Guide](https://img.shields.io/badge/code_style-rubocop-brightgreen.svg)](https://github.com/rubocop-hq/rubocop)

[![Ruby Style Guide](https://img.shields.io/badge/code_style-community-brightgreen.svg)](https://rubystyle.guide)


Here's a list of RuboCop's core developers:

See the team page for more details.


RuboCop's logo was created by Dimiter Petrov. You can find the logo in various formats here.

The logo is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.


Here's a list of all the people who have contributed to the development of RuboCop.

I'm extremely grateful to each and every one of them!

If you'd like to contribute to RuboCop, please take the time to go through our short [contribution guidelines](CONTRIBUTING.md).

Converting more of the Ruby Style Guide into RuboCop cops is our top priority right now. Writing a new cop is a great way to dive into RuboCop!

Of course, bug reports and suggestions for improvements are always welcome. GitHub pull requests are even better! :-)


While RuboCop is free software and will always be, the project would benefit immensely from some funding. Raising a monthly budget of a couple of thousand dollars would make it possible to pay people to work on certain complex features, fund other development related stuff (e.g. hardware, conference trips) and so on. Raising a monthly budget of over $5000 would open the possibility of someone working full-time on the project which would speed up the pace of development significantly.

We welcome both individual and corporate sponsors! We also offer a wide array of funding channels to account for your preferences (although currently Open Collective is our preferred funding platform).

If you're working in a company that's making significant use of RuboCop we'd appreciate it if you suggest to your company to become a RuboCop sponsor.

You can support the development of RuboCop via GitHub Sponsors, Patreon, PayPal, Open Collective and Tidelift .

Note: If doing a sponsorship in the form of donation is problematic for your company from an accounting standpoint, we'd recommend the use of Tidelift, where you can get a support-like subscription instead.

Open Collective Backers

Support us with a monthly donation and help us continue our activities. [Become a backer]

Open Collective Sponsors

Become a sponsor and get your logo on our README on GitHub with a link to your site. [Become a sponsor]


RuboCop's changelog is available [here](CHANGELOG.md).


Copyright (c) 2012-2020 Bozhidar Batsov. See [LICENSE.txt](LICENSE.txt) for further details.

*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the Rubocop README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.