Android - Integrate ktlint check with Git CI

Automate lint checks on Git CI with ktlint, a Kotlin code analysis tool by Pinterest. Streamline your coding process!
Jan 5 2022 · 2 min read


This article is part of the series related android git CI/CD setup. So far we have learned to configure Git CI for unit testing, generate build and bundle, automate Jacoco code coverage verification, and also how to automate app deployment on play store using Fastlane.

In this article, we’re going to add ktlint project by automating lint check on Git CI.

Part 1: Android Git CI setup

Part 2: Android code coverage using Jacoco

Part 3: Android continues integration using Git CI and Fastlane

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Ktlint is a static code analysis tool maintained by Pinterest. Linter and formatted for Kotlin code.

An anti-bikeshedding Kotlin linter with built-in formatter


  • No configuration. Which means no decisions to make, nothing to argue about, and no special files to manage.
    While this might sound extreme, keep in mind that ktlint tries to capture (reflect) official code style from Coding conventions guide and Android Kotlin Style Guide.
  • Built-in formatter. So that you wouldn’t have to fix all style violations by hand.
  • Customizable output. plain (+ plain?group_by_file), json, html and checkstyle reporters are available out-of-the-box. It's also easy to create your own.
  • A single executable jar with all dependencies included.

All Right, Let’s get started

We’re going to use jlleitschuh/ktlint-gradle plugin to run Ktlint into Gradle.

In your root-level build.gradle file add following line

plugins {
    id 'org.jlleitschuh.gradle.ktlint'

Sync your project to get all new dependencies.


To check if your code has some formatting errors or not, open the terminal and write the below command:

./gradlew ktlintCheck

When you run this command you may find warning like this

/home/settings/Settings.kt:110:33 Missing space after //
/home/settings/Settings.kt:113:33 Missing space after //
/home/settings/Settings.kt:118:21 Missing space after //
/home/settings/Settings.kt:121:9 Missing newline before ")"
/home/settings/Settings.kt:134:1 Unexpected blank line(s) before "}"

You can check a few standard rules of ktlint check here.


Run the below command in the terminal to fix formats and lint errors which we found by running the previous command.

./gradlew ktlintFormat

Also, some errors can not be fixed automatically, so you have to fix them manually.

Now Let’s automate ktlint check by integrating it in our Git CI.

  - test
  - lint-check
  stage: lint-check
    - chmod +x ./gradlew
    - export GRADLE_USER_HOME=$PWD/.gradle
    - ./gradlew ktlintCheck


Pretty Simple!! Isn’t it?

So, this is how you can use ktlint in your project for code formatting by integrating it in Git CI to automate ktlint check.

In the next article, we’ll learn how to add custom ktlint rules and how to automate lint formatting on Git CI. Stay tuned…

Thanks for your support!

Keep Linting, Keep Learning :)

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Radhika saliya
Android developer | Sharing knowledge of Jetpack Compose & android development

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Radhika saliya
Android developer | Sharing knowledge of Jetpack Compose & android development


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