By Lex Li

This article shows how the linter works.


The linter support is initially based on de facto tool called doc8, which provides the best-in-class rules for reStructuredText files.

Based on the configuration, this extension launches doc8 in the background to scan the source files and reports back identified issues under PROBLEMs tab (can be opened via View | Problems menu item).


doc8 was not actively maintained, so rstcheck was chosen as the new linter, which became the default in release 120.0.0.

To learn more about the settings, refer to Configuration.