Error message "Linter pylint is not installed"


I want to run Python code in Microsoft Visual Studio Code but it gives an error:

Linter pylint is not installed

I installed:

  • The Visual Studio Code Python extension
  • Python¬†3
  • Anaconda

How can I install Pylint?

This question is tagged with python visual-studio-code pylint

~ Asked on 2017-04-07 07:53:15

The Best Answer is


  1. Open a terminal (ctrl+~)
  2. Run the command pip install pylint

If that doesn't work: On the off chance you've configured a non-default Python path for your editor, you'll need to match that Python's install location with the pip executable you're calling from the terminal.

This is an issue because the Python extension's settings enable Pylint by default. If you'd rather turn off linting, you can instead change this setting from true to false in your user or workspace settings:

"python.linting.pylintEnabled": false

~ Answered on 2017-04-07 08:00:07


Check the path Pylint has been installed to, by typing which pylint on your terminal.

You will get something like: /usr/local/bin/pylint

Copy it.

Go to your Visual Studio Code settings in the preferences tab and find the line that goes

"python.linting.pylintPath": "pylint"

Edit the line to be

"python.linting.pylintPath": "/usr/local/bin/pylint",

replacing the value "pylint" with the path you got from typing which pylint.

Save your changes and reload Visual Studio Code.

~ Answered on 2017-08-31 20:42:05

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