Optional Socket GitHub App configuration file

You can optionally configure the Socket GitHub app and CLI by adding a socket.yml file to the root of your repo.

# top level version field is required
version: 2

  - "ignored-folder"
  - "foo/bar/package.json"

# only trigger pull request alerts when these files change.
  - "package.json"
  - "package-lock.json"

  unresolvedRequire: false

  enabled: true # enable/disable the GitHub app entirely
  pullRequestAlertsEnabled: true # enable/disable GitHub app pull request alert checks
  dependencyOverviewEnabled: true # enable/disable GitHub app dependency overview comments in pull request alerts.
  projectReportsEnabled: true # enable/disable Github app project report checks
  ignoreUsers: ["aBotOnGitHub"]



The socket.yml file is only supported in the root of your repo. The 4 letter extension variant is also supported (socket.yaml). If both extensions are present, socket.yml wins.


All fields listed here are optional, except for the version field.


The version field should not be omitted and should be set to 2. If it is missing or a lower number, see below for a migration guide. The version field sets the configuration schema used to validate socket.yml.


The projectIgnorePaths key is an array of strings that are used to ignore folders or files.

The individual strings in the projectIgnorePaths array work like .gitignore patterns.

The following patterns are always included in the ignore array by default:

  • node_modules
  • .yarn


Mind the YAML

When using gitignore directives like ! and *, be sure that you wrap your selector rules in " (double quotes). YAML supports some unquoted strings, however some characters break this feature so its safer to wrap your strings in ".

Advanced projectIgnorePaths example

If you prefer to ignore ingesting all package manifest files by default, and instead only ingest specific files, you could utilize the following ignore string patterns to achieve that:

  - "/*"
  - "!/package.json"
  - "!/package-lock.json"
  - "!/workspaces"
  - "/workspaces/*"
  - "!/workspaces/foo"
  - "!/workspaces/bar"

In this example, we ignore everything in the root of the repo, unignore the workspaces directory and top level dependency manifests, ignore everything in the workspaces directory, then unignore the foo and bar subfolders. Any other folders in the workspaces directory will be ignored.


The triggerPaths key is an array of strings that are used to match against files modified in pull requests and determine if a Pull Request alert scan should be performed.

The individual strings in the triggerPaths array work like .gitignore patterns, except instead of matching files to ignore, match files that will trigger reports. When triggerPaths is omitted, the default rule set of ["*"] is used. The triggerPath rules are matched against all modified files inside of a pull request. If any of the rules match a file in a pull request, a Pull Request alert report is run and a check run indicator is displayed.

This is a useful setting if you have a large monorepo and only want to roll socket out to a few sub-projects at a given time. It also separates out the report ingestion rules from the trigger rules so you can continue to ingest top level dependency manifest files that are common in monorepos but change frequently in shared contexts.

triggerPaths determines when to run Pull Request alert reports, and projectIgnorePaths determines which paths are included when ingesting package manifest files for the report. Socket Security only ever ingests package manifest files and never any other source code.

triggerPaths example

If you only wanted to roll out the Socket Security GitHub app on the following directories in your repo:

  • /workspaces/foo
  • /workspaces/bar

You could implement the following triggerPaths rule.

  - "/workspaces/foo"
  - "/workspaces/bar"

If you combined this triggerPaths with the above projectIgnorePaths example above, Pull request alerts from Socket would only run when the pull request contained modified files inside of the foo and bar workspaces folder.


issueRules is a map of issue names from Socket's Issues page that allows you to enable or disable issue alerts in your pull requests. Issues are identified by the url slug of the corresponding issue page. The default issues map looks like this:

  didYouMean: true
  installScripts: true
  telemetry: true
  troll: true
  malware: true
  hasNativeCode: true
  shellScriptOverride: true
  gitDependency: true
  httpDependency: true
  invalidPackageJSON: true
  unresolvedRequire: true

You can disable issue by setting it's value to false. You can also enable alerts for any other issue that isn't enabled by default by setting the issue slug value to true in the issues map.

If any issue keys are omitted (having no entry at all in socket.yml) they will use the values from the relevant Socket dashboard settings page.


The githubApp is a map of settings that correspond to the Socket GitHub app. The contained settings are described below.


Default: true.

If you want the Socket GitHub app to never run on a repo and do not have org permissions to disable GitHub access to that repo, you can add a socket.yml file to your repo and set enabled to false.

Setting enabled to false will override other settings in the socket.yml associated with the GitHub app.


Default: true.

The pullRequestAlertsEnabled field can be used to individually disable pull request alerts check runs and pull request comments generated by the GitHub app.

The enabled field must be set to true for this field to have any effect.


Default: true.

The dependencyOverviewEnabled field can be used to individually disable dependency overview comments in pull requests.

The enabled and pullRequestAlertsEnabled field must be set to true for this field to have any effect.


Default: true.

The projectReportsEnabled field can be used to individually disable project reports check runs for commits from being generated.

The enabled field must be set to true for this field to have any effect.


Default: []

The ignoreUsers is an optional array of strings that let you specify GitHub usernames that will prevent Pull Request Alerts from running on Pull Requests that are opened by anyone specified in this array. This can be useful in merge queues or other bot related circumstances.

Version 1 to Version 2 migration

To migrate a Version 1 socket.yml to version 2, perform the following changes:

  • Add the top level version key set to the value 2
  • Rename the ignore key to projectIgnorePaths
  • Rename the issues key to issueRules
  • Move the enabled, projectReportsEnabled and pullRequestAlertsEnabled keys under a top level githubApp key.
  • Remove the beta key

Existing v1 configuration files will continue to work, however newly added settings may not be accessible until you migrate your configuration to version 2. Internal details on configuration parsing can be found in the SocketDev/socket-config-js repo.

What’s Next

Learn how to ignore specific pull request alerts in Socket for GitHub: