This content describes the most recent release of the CodeQL CLI. For more information about this release, see https://github.com/github/codeql-cli-binaries/releases.
To see details of the options available for this command in an earlier release, run the command with the
--help option in your terminal.
codeql pack install [--force] <options>... -- <dir>
[Experimental] Install dependencies for this pack.
This command installs the dependencies of the pack. If a codeql-pack.lock.yml exists, the versions specified in that lock file will be installed if they are compatible with the version constraints specified in the qlpack.yml file. If any dependency versions specified in the lock file are incompatible with this pack's constraints, this command will install the latest compatible version of each of those dependencies, updating the lock file with the newly chosen versions. If no lock file is present, this command installs the latest compatible version of all dependencies, creating a new lock file.
The root directory of the package.
Select output format, either
text (default) or
Allow overwriting already existing packs.
Allow packs with pre-release version qualifiers (e.g.,
X.Y.Z-qualifier) to be used. Without this flag, pre-release packs will
[Advanced] Specifies an alternate lock file to use as the input to dependency resolution.
[Advanced] Turn off strict mode to avoid a warning when resolving
packages from the
and other locally resolved locations. Packages resolved locally are never downloaded
and will not be added to the package lock.
[Deprecated] Specifies how to resolve dependencies:
minimal-update (default): Update or create the codeql-pack.lock.yml
based on the existing contents of the qlpack.yml file. If any existing
codeql-pack.lock.yml does not satisfy the current dependencies in the
qlpack.yml, the lock file will be updated as necessary.
upgrade: Update or create the codeql-pack.lock.yml to use the latest
versions of all dependencies, subject to the constraints in the
qlpack.yml file. This mode has been superseded by the 'codeql pack
verify: Verify that the existing codeql-pack.lock.yml is still valid
with respect to the dependencies specified in the qlpack.yml file, or
fail the lock file if it does not exist. This mode has been superseded
by the 'codeql pack ci' command.
no-lock: Ignore the existing codeql-pack.lock.yml and perform
resolution based on qlpack.yml file. Does not create or update the lock
use-lock: Use the existing codeql-pack.lock.yml file to resolve
dependencies, or create the lock file if it does not exist.
update: [Deprecated] Update or create the codeql-pack.lock.yml to
use the latest versions of all dependencies, subject to the constraints
in the qlpack.yml file. This mode has been superseded by the 'codeql
pack upgrade' command.
Options for resolving QL packs outside of the package registry
A list of directories under which QL packs may be found. Each directory
can either be a QL pack (or bundle of packs containing a
.codeqlmanifest.json file at the root) or the immediate parent of one
or more such directories.
If the path contains more than one directory, their order defines precedence between them: when a pack name that must be resolved is matched in more than one of the directory trees, the one given first wins.
Pointing this at a checkout of the open-source CodeQL repository ought to work when querying one of the languages that live there.
If you have checked out the CodeQL repository as a sibling of the
unpacked CodeQL toolchain, you don't need to give this option; such
sibling directories will always be searched for QL packs that cannot be
found otherwise. (If this default does not work, it is strongly
recommended to set up
--search-path once and for all in a per-user
(Note: On Windows the path separator is
If this list of directories is given, they will be searched for packs
before the ones in
--search-path. The order between these doesn't
matter; it is an error if a pack name is found in two different places
through this list.
This is useful if you're temporarily developing a new version of a pack that also appears in the default path. On the other hand, it is not recommended to override this option in a config file; some internal actions will add this option on the fly, overriding any configured value.
(Note: On Windows the path separator is
Options for configuring the CodeQL package manager
Authenticate to GitHub Enterprise Server Container registries by passing
a comma-separated list of \<registry_url>=\
For example, you can pass
to authenticate to two GitHub Enterprise Server instances.
This overrides the CODEQL_REGISTRIES_AUTH and GITHUB_TOKEN environment
variables. If you only need to authenticate to the github.com Container
registry, you can instead authenticate using the simpler
Authenticate to the github.com Container registry by passing a github.com GitHub Apps token or personal access token via standard input.
To authenticate to GitHub Enterprise Server Container registries, pass
--registries-auth-stdin or use the CODEQL_REGISTRIES_AUTH environment
This overrides the GITHUB_TOKEN environment variable.
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[Advanced] Give option to the JVM running the command.
(Beware that options containing spaces will not be handled correctly.)
Incrementally increase the number of progress messages printed.
Incrementally decrease the number of progress messages printed.
[Advanced] Explicitly set the verbosity level to one of errors,
warnings, progress, progress+, progress++, progress+++. Overrides
[Advanced] Write detailed logs to one or more files in the given directory, with generated names that include timestamps and the name of the running subcommand.
(To write a log file with a name you have full control over, instead
--log-to-stderr and redirect stderr as desired.)