Bandit is designed to be configurable and cover a wide range of needs, it may be used as either a local developer utility or as part of a full CI/CD pipeline. To provide for these various usage scenarios bandit can be configured via a YAML file. This file is completely optional and in many cases not needed, it may be specified on the command line by using -c.

A bandit configuration file may choose the specific test plugins to run and override the default configurations of those tests. An example config might look like the following:

### profile may optionally select or skip tests

# (optional) list included tests here:
tests: ['B201', 'B301']

# (optional) list skipped tests here:
skips: ['B101', 'B601']

### override settings - used to set settings for plugins to non-default values

  no_shell: [os.execl, os.execle, os.execlp, os.execlpe, os.execv, os.execve,
    os.execvp, os.execvpe, os.spawnl, os.spawnle, os.spawnlp, os.spawnlpe,
    os.spawnv, os.spawnve, os.spawnvp, os.spawnvpe, os.startfile]
  shell: [os.system, os.popen, os.popen2, os.popen3, os.popen4,
    popen2.popen2, popen2.popen3, popen2.popen4, popen2.Popen3,
    popen2.Popen4, commands.getoutput,  commands.getstatusoutput]
  subprocess: [subprocess.Popen,, subprocess.check_call,

If you require several sets of tests for specific tasks, then you should create several config files and pick from them using -c. If you only wish to control the specific tests that are to be run (and not their parameters) then using -s or -t on the command line may be more appropriate.

Skipping Tests

The bandit config may contain optional lists of test IDs to either include (tests) or exclude (skips). These lists are equivalent to using -t and -s on the command line. If only tests is given then bandit will include only those tests, effectively excluding all other tests. If only skips is given then bandit will include all tests not in the skips list. If both are given then bandit will include only tests in tests and then remove skips from that set. It is an error to include the same test ID in both tests and skips.

Note that command line options -t/-s can still be used in conjunction with tests and skips given in a config. The result is to concatenate -t with tests and likewise for -s and skips before working out the tests to run.

Suppressing Individual Lines

If you have lines in your code triggering vulnerability errors and you are certain that this is acceptable, they can be individually silenced by appending # nosec to the line:

# The following hash is not used in any security context. It is only used
# to generate unique values, collisions are acceptable and "data" is not
# coming from user-generated input
the_hash = md5(data).hexdigest()  # nosec

In such cases, it is good practice to add a comment explaining why a given line was excluded from security checks.

Generating a Config

Bandit ships the tool bandit-config-generator designed to take the leg work out of configuration. This tool can generate a configuration file automatically. The generated configuration will include default config blocks for all detected test and blacklist plugins. This data can then be deleted or edited as needed to produce a minimal config as desired. The config generator supports -t and -s command line options to specify a list of test IDs that should be included or excluded respectively. If no options are given then the generated config will not include tests or skips sections (but will provide a complete list of all test IDs for reference when editing).

Configuring Test Plugins

Bandit’s configuration file is written in YAML and options for each plugin test are provided under a section named to match the test method. For example, given a test plugin called ‘try_except_pass’ its configuration section might look like the following:

  check_typed_exception: True

The specific content of the configuration block is determined by the plugin test itself. See the plugin test list for complete information on configuring each one.