Migrate to v8.0.0

ESLint v8.0.0 is a major release of ESLint. We have made a few breaking changes in this release. This guide is intended to walk you through the breaking changes.

The lists below are ordered roughly by the number of users each change is expected to affect, where the first items are expected to affect the most users.

Table of Contents

Breaking changes for users

Breaking changes for plugin developers

Breaking changes for integration developers

Node.js 10, 13, and 15 are no longer supported

Node.js 10, 13, 15 all reached end of life either in 2020 or early 2021. ESLint is officially dropping support for these versions of Node.js starting with ESLint v8.0.0. ESLint now supports the following versions of Node.js:

  • Node.js 12.22 and above
  • Node.js 14 and above
  • Node.js 16 and above

To address: Make sure you upgrade to at least Node.js 12.22.0 when using ESLint v8.0.0. One important thing to double check is the Node.js version supported by your editor when using ESLint via editor integrations. If you are unable to upgrade, we recommend continuing to use ESLint 7 until you are able to upgrade Node.js.

Related issue(s): #14023

Removed codeframe and table formatters

ESLint v8.0.0 has removed the codeframe and table formatters from the core. These formatters required dependencies that weren’t used anywhere else in ESLint, and removing them allows us to reduce the size of ESLint, allowing for faster installation.

To address: If you are using the codeframe or table formatters, you’ll need to install the standalone eslint-formatter-codeframe or eslint-formatter-table packages, respectively, to be able to use them in ESLint v8.0.0.

Related issue(s): #14277, #14316

comma-dangle rule schema is stricter

In ESLint v7.0.0, the comma-dangle rule could be configured like this without error:

    "rules": {
        "comma-dangle": ["error", "never", { "arrays": "always" }]

With this configuration, the rule would ignore the third element in the array because only the second element is read. In ESLint v8.0.0, this configuration will cause ESLint to throw an error.

To address: Change your rule configuration so that there are only two elements in the array, and the second element is either a string or an object, such as:

    "comma-dangle": ["error", "never"],


    "comma-dangle": ["error", {
        "arrays": "never",
        "objects": "never",
        "imports": "never",
        "exports": "never",
        "functions": "never"

Related issue(s): #13739

Unused disable directives are now fixable

In ESLint v7.0.0, using both --report-unused-disable-directives and --fix on the command line would fix only rules but leave unused disable directives in place. In ESLint v8.0.0, this combination of command-line options will result in the unused disable directives being removed.

To address: If you are using --report-unused-disable-directives and --fix together on the command line, and you don’t want unused disable directives to be removed, add --fix-type problem,suggestion,layout as a command line option.

Related issue(s): #11815

eslint:recommended has been updated

Four new rules have been enabled in the eslint:recommended preset.

To address: Fix errors or disable these rules.

Related issue(s): #14673

Rules require meta.hasSuggestions to provide suggestions

In ESLint v7.0.0, rules that provided suggestions did not need to let ESLint know. In v8.0.0, rules providing suggestions need to set their meta.hasSuggestions to true. This informs ESLint that the rule intends to provide suggestions. Without this property, any attempt to provide a suggestion will result in an error.

To address: If your rule provides suggestions, add meta.hasSuggestions to the object, such as:

module.exports = {
    meta: {
        hasSuggestions: true
    create(context) {
        // your rule

The eslint-plugin/require-meta-has-suggestions rule can automatically fix and enforce that your rules are properly specifying meta.hasSuggestions.

Related issue(s): #14312

Rules require meta.fixable to provide fixes

In ESLint v7.0.0, rules that were written as a function (rather than object) were able to provide fixes. In ESLint v8.0.0, only rules written as an object are allowed to provide fixes and must have a meta.fixable property set to either "code" or "whitespace".

To address: If your rule makes fixes and is written as a function, such as:

module.exports = function(context) {
    // your rule

Then rewrite your rule in this format:

module.exports = {
    meta: {
        fixable: "code" // or "whitespace"
    create(context) {
        // your rule

The eslint-plugin/require-meta-fixable rule can automatically fix and enforce that your rules are properly specifying meta.fixable.

The eslint-plugin/prefer-object-rule rule can automatically fix and enforce that your rules are written with the object format instead of the deprecated function format.

See the rule documentation for more information on writing rules.

Related issue(s): #13349

SourceCode#getComments() fails in RuleTester

Back in ESLint v4.0.0, we deprecated SourceCode#getComments(), but we neglected to remove it. Rather than removing it completely in v8.0.0, we are taking the intermediate step of updating RuleTester to fail when SourceCode#getComments() is used inside of a rule. As such, all existing rules will continue to work, but when the developer runs tests for the rule there will be a failure.

The SourceCode#getComments() method will be removed in v9.0.0.

To address: If your rule uses SourceCode#getComments(), please use SourceCode#getCommentsBefore(), SourceCode#getCommentsAfter(), or SourceCode#getCommentsInside().

Related issue(s): #14744

Changes to shorthand property AST format

ESLint v8.0.0 includes an upgrade to Espree v8.0.0 to support new syntax. This Espree upgrade, in turn, contains an upgrade to Acorn v8.0.0, which changed how shorthand properties were represented in the AST. Here’s an example:

const version = 8;
const x = {

This code creates a property node that looks like this:

    "type": "Property",
    "method": false,
    "shorthand": true,
    "computed": false,
    "key": {
        "type": "Identifier",
        "name": "version"
    "kind": "init",
    "value": {
        "type": "Identifier",
        "name": "version"

Note that both the key and the value properties contain the same information. Prior to Acorn v8.0.0 (and therefore prior to ESLint v8.0.0), these two nodes were represented by the same object, so you could use === to determine if they represented the same node, such as:

// true in ESLint v7.x, false in ESLint v8.0.0
if (propertyNode.key === propertyNode.value) {
    // do something

In ESLint v8.0.0 (via Acorn v8.0.0), the key and value are now separate objects and therefore no longer equivalent.

To address: If your rule makes a comparison between the key and value of a shorthand object literal property to determine if they are the same node, you’ll need to change your code in one of two ways:

  1. Use propertyNode.shorthand to determine if the property is a shorthand property node.
  2. Use the range property of each node to determine if the key and value occupy the same location.

Related issue(s): #14591

The CLIEngine class has been removed

The CLIEngine class has been removed and replaced by the ESLint class.

To address: Update your code to use the new ESLint class if you are currently using CLIEngine. The following table maps the existing CLIEngine methods to their ESLint counterparts:

CLIEngine ESLint
executeOnFiles(patterns) lintFiles(patterns)
executeOnText(text, filePath, warnIgnored) lintText(text, options)
getFormatter(name) loadFormatter(name)
getConfigForFile(filePath) calculateConfigForFile(filePath)
isPathIgnored(filePath) isPathIgnored(filePath)
static outputFixes(results) static outputFixes(results)
static getErrorResults(results) static getErrorResults(results)
static getFormatter(name) (removed ※1)
addPlugin(pluginId, definition) the plugins constructor option
getRules() (removed ※2)
resolveFileGlobPatterns() (removed ※3)
  • ※1 The engine.getFormatter() method currently returns the object of loaded packages as-is, which made it difficult to add new features to formatters for backward compatibility reasons. The new eslint.loadFormatter() method returns an adapter object that wraps the object of loaded packages, to ease the process of adding new features. Additionally, the adapter object has access to the ESLint instance to calculate default data (using loaded plugin rules to make rulesMeta, for example). As a result, the ESLint class only implements an instance version of the loadFormatter() method.
  • ※2 The CLIEngine#getRules() method had side effects and so was removed. If you were using CLIEngine#getRules() to retrieve meta information about rules based on linting results, use ESLint#getRulesMetaForResults() instead. If you were using CLIEngine#getRules() to retrieve all built-in rules, import builtinRules from eslint/use-at-your-own-risk for an unsupported API that allows access to internal rules.
  • ※3 Since ESLint v6.0.0, ESLint uses different logic from the resolveFileGlobPatterns() method to iterate files, making this method obsolete.

Related issue(s): RFC80, #14716, #13654

The linter object has been removed

The deprecated linter object has been removed from the ESLint package in v8.0.0.

To address: If you are using the linter object, such as:

const { linter } = require("eslint");

Change your code to this:

const { Linter } = require("eslint");
const linter = new Linter();

Related issue(s): RFC80, #14716, #13654

The /lib entrypoint has been removed

Beginning in v8.0.0, ESLint is strictly defining its public API. Previously, you could reach into individual files such as require("eslint/lib/rules/semi") and this is no longer allowed. There are a limited number of existing APIs that are now available through the /use-at-your-own-risk entrypoint for backwards compatibility, but these APIs are not formally supported and may break or disappear at any point in time.

To address: If you are accessing rules directly through the /lib entrypoint, such as:

const rule = require("eslint/lib/rules/semi");

Change your code to this:

const { builtinRules } = require("eslint/use-at-your-own-risk");
const rule = builtinRules.get("semi");

If you are accessing FileEnumerator directly through the /lib entrypoint, such as:

const { FileEnumerator } = require("eslint/lib/cli-engine/file-enumerator");

Change your code to this:

const { FileEnumerator } = require("eslint/use-at-your-own-risk");

Related issue(s): RFC80, #14716, #13654

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