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Calva does no linting, yet with Calva you get excellent linting. That is because Calva uses clojure-lsp, which provides linting powered by clj-kondo.

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clj-kondo comes with great default rules, and the configuration can be customized. One of your options for the configuration file is to placed a config.edn file in .clj-kondo/ at the root of your project. This folder may or may not already exist. It is safe to create it manually if it doesn't.

The configuration will be merged with the default set of rules, you can only specify the rules you want to override. The full list of available options can be found on clj-kondo's github


The following examples show how to turn on/off linting rules in your configuration:

Display missing docstring as warning:

{:linters {:missing-docstring {:level :warning}}}

Display an error when the :requires are not sorted in the namespace:

{:linters {:unsorted-required-namespaces {:level :error}}}

Turn off the 'Not empty?' idiom:

{:linters {:not-empty? {:level :off}}}

Multiple rules in a single config:

{:linters {:missing-docstring {:level :warning}
           :unsorted-required-namespaces {:level :error}
           :not-empty? {:level :off}}}

Exclude entire folders from the linter

The linter is run by clojure-lsp. By default clojure-lsp runs on the entire classpath of the project. There are cases where you may not want that. For example when using clojurescript it is very likely that you will have a target/ folder in your classpath which you want to exclude from linting.

clojure-lsp is customizable, see Clojure LSP Settings for your options. It is safe to manually create the .lsp folder if it doesn't exist.

{:use-source-paths-from-classpath false
 :source-paths #{"folder-you-want-1"

To go further

You might want to read about how to configure clj-kondo. These two sections might be of extra interest:

If you see a linting squiggle under the first character of the file with an error you don't quite understand, it is probably something wrong with your clj-kondo configuration.

Files are linted as they're being edited. If you want to lint the whole project, use the clj-kondo cli command. See for more info on that. Windows users might like to know that they too can get a clj-kondo cli command now, via npm install -g clj-kondo. It'll be a bit slower to start than the native build, but for sure it's better than not having a clj-kondo command! See for more on this.

Resolve Macro As

When your cursor is on a macro form in the editor, you may notice a code action (click the light bulb that appears) called Resolve Macro As. Running this code action will ask you what macro you'd like to resolve the current macro as, and then what clj-kondo config file you want the macro to be saved to. This code action is also available as a command.