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Linguist

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This library is used on GitHub.com to detect blob languages, ignore binary or vendored files, suppress generated files in diffs, and generate language breakdown graphs.

Documentation

Installation

Install the gem:

gem install github-linguist

Dependencies

Linguist is a Ruby library so you will need a recent version of Ruby installed. There are known problems with the macOS/XCode supplied version of Ruby that causes problems installing some of the dependencies. Accordingly, we highly recommend you install a version of Ruby using Homebrew, rbenv, rvm, ruby-build, asdf or other packaging system, before attempting to install Linguist and the dependencies.

Linguist uses charlock_holmes for character encoding and rugged for libgit2 bindings for Ruby. These components have their own dependencies.

  1. charlock_holmes
  2. rugged

You may need to install missing dependencies before you can install Linguist. For example, on macOS with Homebrew:

brew install cmake pkg-config icu4c

On Ubuntu:

sudo apt-get install cmake pkg-config libicu-dev zlib1g-dev libcurl4-openssl-dev libssl-dev ruby-dev

Usage

Application usage

Linguist can be used in your application as follows:

require 'rugged'
require 'linguist'

repo = Rugged::Repository.new('.')
project = Linguist::Repository.new(repo, repo.head.target_id)
project.language       #=> "Ruby"
project.languages      #=> { "Ruby" => 119387 }

Command line usage

Git Repository

A repository's languages stats can also be assessed from the command line using the github-linguist executable. Without any options, github-linguist will output the breakdown that correlates to what is shown in the language stats bar. The --breakdown flag will additionally show the breakdown of files by language.

cd /path-to-repository/
github-linguist

You can try running github-linguist on the root directory in this repository itself:

$ github-linguist --breakdown
68.57%  Ruby
22.90%  C
6.93%   Go
1.21%   Lex
0.39%   Shell

Ruby:
Gemfile
Rakefile
bin/git-linguist
bin/github-linguist
ext/linguist/extconf.rb
github-linguist.gemspec
lib/linguist.rb

Single file

Alternatively you can find stats for a single file using the github-linguist executable.

You can try running github-linguist on files in this repository itself:

$ github-linguist grammars.yml
grammars.yml: 884 lines (884 sloc)
  type:      Text
  mime type: text/x-yaml
  language:  YAML

Docker

If you have Docker installed you can build an image and run Linguist within a container:

$ docker build -t linguist .
$ docker run --rm -v $(pwd):$(pwd) -w $(pwd) -t linguist
68.57%  Ruby
22.90%  C
6.93%   Go
1.21%   Lex
0.39%   Shell
$ docker run --rm -v $(pwd):$(pwd) -w $(pwd) -t linguist github-linguist --breakdown
68.57%  Ruby
22.90%  C
6.93%   Go
1.21%   Lex
0.39%   Shell

Ruby:
Gemfile
Rakefile
bin/git-linguist
bin/github-linguist
ext/linguist/extconf.rb
github-linguist.gemspec
lib/linguist.rb

Contributing

Please check out our contributing guidelines.

License

The language grammars included in this gem are covered by their repositories' respective licenses. vendor/README.md lists the repository for each grammar.

All other files are covered by the MIT license, see LICENSE.