GitHub Actions integration

You can use Black within a GitHub Actions workflow without setting your own Python environment. Great for enforcing that your code matches the Black code style.


This action is known to support all GitHub-hosted runner OSes. In addition, only published versions of Black are supported (i.e. whatever is available on PyPI).

Finally, this action installs Black with both the colorama and python2 extras so the --color flag and formatting Python 2 code are supported.


Create a file named .github/workflows/black.yml inside your repository with:

name: Lint

on: [push, pull_request]

    runs-on: ubuntu-latest
      - uses: actions/checkout@v2
      - uses: psf/black@stable

We recommend the use of the @stable tag, but per version tags also exist if you prefer that. Note that the action’s version you select is independent of the version of Black the action will use.

The version of Black the action will use can be configured via version. The action defaults to the latest release available on PyPI. Only versions available from PyPI are supported, so no commit SHAs or branch names.

You can also configure the arguments passed to Black via options (defaults to '--check --diff') and src (default is '.')

Here’s an example configuration:

- uses: psf/black@stable
    options: "--check --verbose"
    src: "./src"
    version: "21.5b1"