Additional detail around individual commands.
The flow command line tool is made to be easy-to-use for simple cases.
Using the command
flow will type-check your current directory if the
.flowconfig file is present. A flow server will automatically be started if
The CLI tool also provides several other options and commands that allow you to control the server and build tools that integrate with Flow. For example, this is how the Nuclide editor integrates with Flow to provide autocompletion, type errors, etc. in its UI.
To find out more about the CLI just type:
This will give you information about everything that flow can do. Running this command should print something like this:
Usage: flow [COMMAND] [PROJECT_ROOT] Valid values for COMMAND: ast Print the AST autocomplete Queries autocompletion information batch-coverage Shows aggregate coverage information for a group of files or directories check Does a full Flow check and prints the results check-contents Run typechecker on contents from stdin config Read or write the .flowconfig file coverage Shows coverage information for a given file cycle Output .dot file for cycle containing the given file find-module Resolves a module reference to a file find-refs Gets the reference locations of a variable or property force-recheck Forces the server to recheck a given list of files get-def Gets the definition location of a variable or property get-imports Get names of all modules imported by one or more given modules graph Outputs dependency graphs of flow repositories init Initializes a directory to be used as a flow root directory ls Lists files visible to Flow lsp Acts as a server for the Language Server Protocol over stdin/stdout [experimental] print-signature Prints the type signature of a file as extracted in types-first mode server Runs a Flow server in the foreground start Starts a Flow server status (default) Shows current Flow errors by asking the Flow server stop Stops a Flow server type-at-pos Shows the type at a given file and position version Print version information Default values if unspecified: COMMAND status PROJECT_ROOT current folder Status command options: --color Display terminal output in color. never, always, auto (default: auto) --from Specify client (for use by editor plugins) --help This list of options --json Output results in JSON format --no-auto-start If the server is not running, do not start it; just exit --old-output-format Use old output format (absolute file names, line and column numbers) --one-line Escapes newlines so that each error prints on one line --quiet Suppresses the server-status information that would have been printed to stderr --retries Set the number of retries. (default: 3) --show-all-errors Print all errors (the default is to truncate after 50 errors) --strip-root Print paths without the root --temp-dir Directory in which to store temp files (default: /tmp/flow/) --timeout Maximum time to wait, in seconds --version Print version number and exit
Example with custom project root:
mydir ├── frontend │ ├── .flowconfig │ └── app.js └── backend
flow check frontend
You can then, further dig into particular COMMANDs by adding the
So, for example, if you want to know more about how the autocomplete works, you can use this command:
flow autocomplete --help
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