Pylint can check for many problems, but personally I only use the unused-import rule which ensures nothing is imported that isn’t used. If you want to use more rules, adjust the below commands accordingly.

Pre-commit hooks

Add to the .pre-commit-config.yaml file in the root of your repository, replacing v2.4.2 with the Pylint version you want to use.

  - repo:
    rev: v2.4.2
      - id: pylint
        args: [--disable=all, --enable=unused-import]

This will abort a commit if an import isn’t used.


To fail the build if Pylint finds an error, add the following to your build scripts.

pylint --disable=all --enable=unused-import /path/to/code/**/*.py

Pylint will exit with a non-zero exit status if it finds an error, which should fail your build.