agda-unused: Check for unused code in an Agda project.

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Dependencies aeson (>=1.4.7 && <1.5), Agda (>=2.6.1 && <2.6.2), agda-unused, base (>=4.13.0 && <4.14), containers (>=0.6.2 && <0.7), directory (>=1.3.6 && <1.4), filepath (>=1.4.2 && <1.5), megaparsec (>=8.0.0 && <8.1), mtl (>=2.2.2 && <2.3), optparse-applicative (>=0.15.1 && <0.16), text (>=1.2.4 && <1.3) [details]
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Readme for agda-unused-0.1.0

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agda-unused checks for unused code in an Agda project, including:

  • variables
  • definitions
  • postulates
  • data & record types
  • import statements
  • open statements
  • pattern synonyms

agda-unused can be run globally on a full project, or locally on a file and its dependencies. Running agda-unused globally requires an .agda-roots file in the project root directory, which specifies the "roots" of the project. The "roots" of a project are identifiers that are considered used even if not used within the project itself. You might think of the .agda-roots file as a specification of the public interface of your project.


File ~/Test.agda:

module Test where

open import Agda.Builtin.Bool
  using (Bool; false; true)
open import Agda.Builtin.Unit

  : Bool
  → Bool
  → Bool
false ∧ x
  = false
_ ∧ y
  = y


$ agda-unused --local Test.agda


  unused imported item ‘true’
  unused import ‘Agda.Builtin.Unit’
  unused variable ‘x’


Running agda-unused globally requires an .agda-roots file in the project root directory. The .agda-roots format consists of:

  • Module names, each followed by a list of (possibly qualified) identifiers.
  • Module names in parentheses.

All given module names not in parentheses are checked, along with their dependencies. The given identifiers are considered roots; they will not be marked unused. Qualified identifiers refer to identifiers defined within inner modules. If no identifiers are given for a module, all publicly accessible identifiers are considered roots.

All given module names in parentheses are ignored when checking for unused files. Such modules may still be checked if imported by another module.

Example .agda-roots file:

- main

- isTriple
- allTriples



- Print.prettyNat

Spacing and indentation are irrelevant.


Usage: agda-unused [-r|--root ROOT] [-l|--local FILE]
  Check for unused code in project with root directory ROOT

Available options:
  -h,--help                Show this help text
  -r,--root ROOT           Path of project root directory
  -l,--local FILE          Path of file to check locally
  -j,--json                Format output as JSON 

The project root directory is determined as follows:

  • If the --root option is given, its value is the project root.
  • If the --local option is given, the nearest ancestor with an .agda-roots file is the project root, if any.
  • If the current directory has an .agda-roots file, it is the project root.
  • Otherwise, the nearest ancestor of the current directory with an .agda-roots file is the project root, if any.
  • Otherwise, we take the current directory as the project root.


We make a single pass through each relevant Agda file:

  • When a new item (variable, definition, etc.) appears, we mark it unused.
  • When an existing item appears, we mark it used.

This means, for example, if we have three definitions (say f, g, h), each depending on the previous one, where h is not a root, then f and g are considered used, while h is considered unused. If we remove h and run agda-unsed again, it will now report that g is unused. This behavior is different from Haskell's built-in tool, which would report that all three identifiers are unused on the first run.

For a global check, we check each file appearing in .agda-roots and its dependencies. For a local check, we check just the given file and its dependencies, ignoring all publicly accessible definitions.


If the --json switch is given, the output is a JSON object with two fields:

  • type: One of "none", "unused", "error".
  • message: A string, the same as the usual output of agda-unused.

The "none" type indicates that there is no unused code.


We currently do not support the following Agda features:

agda-unused will produce an error if your code uses these language features.