Development help with Theme Sniffer

Theme Sniffer is a tool that helps reviewers and developers check the themes they are reviewing/developing against several coding standards.

The last stable version (0.1.5) is still using the old version of the WordPress Coding StandardsWordPress Coding Standards The Accessibility, PHP, JavaScript, CSS, HTML, etc. coding standards as published in the WordPress Coding Standards Handbook. May also refer to The collection of PHP_CodeSniffer rules (sniffs) used to format and validate PHP code developed for WordPress according to the PHP coding standards., and a lot has changed since then. For close to a year now I’ve been working on upgrading the pluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the Plugin Directory or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party a bit, and the new version is nearing completion.

The new version has updated codebase, updated coding standards (updated WPCS and added WPThemeReview standard as well), newer version of PHP_CodeSniffer which brings some performance updates and some other tweaks.
Even though the majority of the plugin is functional, it still has some issues.

This is where I need your help.

The new PHPCSPHP Code Sniffer PHP Code Sniffer, a popular tool for analyzing code quality. The WordPress Coding Standards rely on PHPCS. has a different way of running the sniffer, using the Runner class and the Config class. For Theme SnifferTheme Sniffer Theme Sniffer is a plugin utilizing custom sniffs for PHP_CodeSniffer that statically analyzes your theme and ensures that it adheres to WordPress coding conventions, as well as checking your code against PHP version compatibility. The plugin is available from GitHub. Themes are not required to pass the Theme Sniffer scan without warnings or errors to be included in the theme directory. to perform the sniffing process it needs to write it’s own runner.

The issue I’m having is that some of the custom config settings are not working properly.
One way you can help is to see what could be the issue with this.

How to setup the development of the Theme Sniffer?

To start working on the development of the plugin you need to have a development environment. I’m using VVV, you can work on whatever works the best for you.

Steps to reproduce:

1. Go to your plugins folder and clone the repository

git clone

2. Go to the directory

cd theme-sniffer

3. Checkout development branch

git checkout development

4. Go to theme-sniffer folder and run composer install, npm install and npm run build (in that order)

5. Activate your plugin and test away

Anything you find you can report in the opened pull request, or in the slackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at #themereview channel.

Thank you!