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These are all the checkers used by our style enforcement.


An opinionated formatter, like JavaScript's prettier and Golang's gofmt.


A tool to sort imports lexicographically, by section, and by type. We use the 5 standard sections: __future__, stdlib, third party, first party, and local.

datadog_checks is configured as a first party namespace.


An easy-to-use wrapper around pycodestyle and pyflakes. We select everything it provides and only ignore a few things to give precedence to other tools.


A flake8 plugin for finding likely bugs and design problems in programs. We enable:

  • B001: Do not use bare except:, it also catches unexpected events like memory errors, interrupts, system exit, and so on. Prefer except Exception:.
  • B003: Assigning to os.environ doesn't clear the environment. Subprocesses are going to see outdated variables, in disagreement with the current process. Use os.environ.clear() or the env= argument to Popen.
  • B006: Do not use mutable data structures for argument defaults. All calls reuse one instance of that data structure, persisting changes between them.
  • B007: Loop control variable not used within the loop body. If this is intended, start the name with an underscore.
  • B301: Python 3 does not include .iter* methods on dictionaries. The default behavior is to return iterables. Simply remove the iter prefix from the method. For Python 2 compatibility, also prefer the Python 3 equivalent if you expect that the size of the dict to be small and bounded. The performance regression on Python 2 will be negligible and the code is going to be the clearest. Alternatively, use six.iter*.
  • B305: .next() is not a thing on Python 3. Use the next() builtin. For Python 2 compatibility, use
  • B306: BaseException.message has been deprecated as of Python 2.6 and is removed in Python 3. Use str(e) to access the user-readable message. Use e.args to access arguments passed to the exception.
  • B902: Invalid first argument used for method. Use self for instance methods, and cls for class methods.


A flake8 plugin for ensuring a consistent logging format. We enable:

  • G001: Logging statements should not use string.format() for their first argument
  • G002: Logging statements should not use % formatting for their first argument
  • G003: Logging statements should not use + concatenation for their first argument
  • G004: Logging statements should not use f"..." for their first argument (only in Python 3.6+)
  • G010: Logging statements should not use warn (use warning instead)
  • G100: Logging statements should not use extra arguments unless whitelisted
  • G201: Logging statements should not use error(..., exc_info=True) (use exception(...) instead)
  • G202: Logging statements should not use redundant exc_info=True in exception


A comment-based type checker allowing a mix of dynamic and static typing. This is optional for now. In order to enable mypy for a specific integration, open its tox.ini file and add the 2 lines in the correct section:

dd_check_types = true
dd_mypy_args = <FLAGS> --py2 datadog_checks/ tests/

The dd_mypy_args defines the mypy command line option for this specific integration. --py2 is here to make sure the integration is Python2.7 compatible. Here are some useful flags you can add:

  • --check-untyped-defs: Type-checks the interior of functions without type annotations.
  • --disallow-untyped-defs: Disallows defining functions without type annotations or with incomplete type annotations.

The datadog_checks/ tests/ arguments represent the list of files that mypy should type check. Feel free to edit them as desired, including removing tests/ (if you'd prefer to not type-check the test suite), or targeting specific files (when doing partial type checking).

For a complete example, see the datadog_checks_base tox configuration.

Note that there is a default configuration in the mypy.ini file.


Extracted from rethinkdb:

from typing import Any, Iterator # Contains the different types used

import rethinkdb

from .document_db.types import Metric

class RethinkDBCheck(AgentCheck):
    def __init__(self, *args, **kwargs):
        # type: (*Any, **Any) -> None
        super(RethinkDBCheck, self).__init__(*args, **kwargs)

    def collect_metrics(self, conn):
        # type: ( -> Iterator[Metric]
        Collect metrics from the RethinkDB cluster we are connected to.
        for query in self.queries:
            for metric in, conn=conn, config=self._config):
                yield metric

Take a look at vsphere or ibm_mq integrations for more examples.

Last update: February 23, 2021