Creating an inclusive work environment is imperative to a healthy, supportive, and productive culture, and an environment where everyone feels welcome and included.

woke is a text file analysis tool that finds places within your source code that contain non-inclusive language and suggests replacing them with more inclusive alternatives.

Companies like GitHub, Twitter, and Apple are already pushing these changes.




You can install a binary release on macOS using brew

brew install get-woke/tap/woke
brew upgrade get-woke/tap/woke

Simple installation

curl -sSfL https://git.io/getwoke | \
  bash -s -- -b /usr/local/bin

Feel free to change the path from /usr/local/bin, just make sure woke
is available on your $PATH (check with woke --version).

Build from source

Install the go toolchain: https://golang.org/doc/install

go get -u github.com/get-woke/woke

woke will be installed to $GOPATH/bin/woke.


Download the latest binary from Releases


You can run woke within docker. You will need to mount a volume that contains your source code and/or rules.

## Run with all defaults, within the mounted /src directory
docker run -v $(pwd):/src -w /src getwoke/woke

## Provide rules config
docker run -v $(pwd):/src -w /src getwoke/woke \
  woke -c my-rules.yaml


$ woke --help

woke is a linter that will check your source code for usage of non-inclusive
language and provide suggestions for alternatives. Rules can be customized
to suit your needs.

Provide a list file globs for files you'd like to check.

  woke [globs ...] [flags]

  -c, --config string       YAML file with list of rules
      --debug               Enable debug logging
      --exit-1-on-failure   Exit with exit code 1 on failures
  -h, --help                help for woke
      --no-ignore           Files matching entries in .gitignore/.wokeignore are parsed
  -o, --output string       Output type [text,simple,github-actions,json] (default "text")
      --stdin               Read from stdin
  -v, --version             version for woke

File globs

By default, woke will run against all text files in your current directory.
To change this, supply a space-separated list of globs as the first argument.

This can be something like **/*.go, or a space-separated list of filenames.

$ woke test.txt
test.txt:2:2-11: `Blacklist` may be insensitive, use `denylist`, `blocklist` instead (warning)
* Blacklist
test.txt:3:2-12: `White-list` may be insensitive, use `allowlist` instead (warning)
* White-list
test.txt:4:2-11: `whitelist` may be insensitive, use `allowlist` instead (warning)
* whitelist
test.txt:5:2-11: `blacklist` may be insensitive, use `denylist`, `blocklist` instead (warning)
* blacklist


You can also provide text to woke via stdin

$ echo "This has whitelist from stdin" | woke --stdin
/dev/stdin:1:9-18: `whitelist` may be insensitive, use `allowlist` instead (warning)
This has whitelist from stdin


A set of default rules is provided in pkg/rule/default.go.

Configure your custom rules config in .woke.yaml or .woke.yml, woke will pick up one of these files in the cwd of where you run woke from.
This file will be picked up automatically up your customizations automatically!

See example.yaml for an example of adding custom rules.
You can also supply your own rules with -c path/to/rules.yaml if you want to handle different rulesets.

The syntax for rules is very basic. You just need a name, a list of terms to match that violate the rule,
and a list of alternative suggestions.

  - name: whitelist
      - whitelist
      - white-list
      - allowlist

Disabling Default Rules

You can disable default rules by providing a rule in your woke config file (ie .woke.yml), with no terms or alternatives.

This will disable the default whitelist rule:

  - name: whitelist



You can ignore files by adding to your config file. All ways of ignoring files below should follow the gitignore convention.

  - .git/*
  - other/files/in/repo
  - globs/too/*

woke will also automatically ignore anything listed in .gitignore.


You may also specify a .wokeignore file at the root of the directory to add additional ignore files.
This also follows the gitignore convention.

In-line ignoring

There may be times where you don't want to ignore an entire file.
You may ignore a specific line for one or more rules by creating an in-line comment.

This functionality is very rudimentary, it does a simple search for the phrase. Since
woke is just a text file analyzer, it has no concept of the comment syntax for every file
type it might encounter.

Simply add the following to the line you wish to ignore, using comment syntax that is supported for your file type.
(woke is not responsible for broken code due to in-line ignoring. Make sure you comment correctly!)

This line has RULE_NAME but will be ignored # wokeignore:rule=RULE_NAME

# for example, to ignore the following line for the whitelist rule
whitelist # wokeignore:rule=whitelist

# or for multiple rules
whitelist and blacklist # wokeignore:rule=whitelist,blacklist

Here's an example in go:

func main() {
  fmt.Println("here is the whitelist") // wokeignore:rule=whitelist

Exit Code

By default, woke will exit with a successful exit code when there are any rule failures.
The idea is, if you run woke on PRs, you may not want to block a merge, but you do
want to inform the author that they can make better word choices.

If you're using woke on PRs, you can choose to enforce these rules with a non-zero
exit code, but running woke --exit-1-on-failure.


By default, woke will parse files in parallel and will consume as many resources as it can, unbounded.
This means woke will be fast, but might run out of memory, depending on how large the files/lines are.

We can limit these allocations by bounding the number of files read in parallel. To accomplish this,
set the environment variable WORKER_POOL_COUNT to an integer value of the fixed number of goroutines
you would like to spawn for reading files.

Read more about go's concurrency patterns here.


Who uses woke

Are you using woke in your org? We'd love to know! Please send a PR and add your organization name/link to this list.