Husky v6 pitfalls

Thilo Maier •
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I published this post originally for Husky v5. v6 was released only two months after v5. It ironed out some of the kinks of v5. To keep this post relevant, I updated it for v6 and republished it.

Husky is an NPM package that needs to be installed in devDependencies in package.json. It installs Git hooks that can be executed when certain Git commands run. The most common use case for Git Hooks is a pre-commit hook that runs before a commit. I use a pre-commit hook to run lint-staged to lint all files that are part of a commit.

In husky v4 my hooks were configured in a .huskyrc:

  "hooks": {
    "pre-commit": "lint-staged",
    "pre-push": "npm run lint && npm test"

Husky v4 took care of installing hooks automatically. In v6, instead of maintaining a configuration file, you maintain hook files. You can use this script to migrate from v4 to v6. This is the NPM version of the script:

npm install husky@6 --save-dev 
  && npx husky-init 
  && npm exec -- github:typicode/husky-4-to-6 --remove-v4-config

This creates a .husky folder with a .gitignore inside and an empty pre-commit hook file .husky/pre-commit, which is the hook most commonly used in projects. Add the pre-commit commands from your v4 configuration file. Since hooks run outside of NPM, you need to type npx lint-staged instead of lint-staged. The generated and modified pre-commit hook looks like this:

. "$(dirname "$0")/_/"

npx lint-staged

You can add additional hooks manually, e.g. create an empty pre-push hook with this command

npx husky add .husky/pre-push

and add the pre-push commands from the v4 configuration file. The pre-push hook now looks like this:

. "$(dirname "$0")/_/"

npm run lint
npm test

To test the pre-commit hook you can try committing a file with a lint error, which should fail. To test the pre-push hook, you can commit a file with a lint error using the --no-verify option with git commit and then try pushing the branch, which should fail.

Note that you should not create Git hooks manually since they need execute permissions to run. husky add makes sure that permissions are correct.

The above migration script also adds the following script to your package.json:

"scripts": {
  "prepare": "husky install"

This ensures that all Git hooks are installed automatically whenever someone clones your repository and runs npm install.

And finally, there is no point in installing hooks in continuous integration (CI) or services like Netlify or Vercel. Set environment variable HUSKY to 0 in CI to suppress hooks.