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Scope language syntax reference

You can use the scopes language to specify project scopes: sets of files, directories, and subdirectories.

Sets of files

  • To add a single file, use a filename (for example, MyDir/MyFile.txt)

  • To add all the files in a directory without subdirectories, use an asterisk after a slash (for example: file:src/main/myDir/*)

  • To add all the files in a directory with subdirectories, use an asterisk after a double slash (for example, file:src/main/myDir//*)

Logical operators

When you define scopes, you can use logical operators:

&& for AND || for OR ! for NOT

Also, you can use parentheses to join logical operators into groups. For example, the following scope includes either <a> and <c>, or <b> and <c>:


Create a new scope from existing scopes

You can make a new scope from several existing scopes. In this case, you can reference the existing scopes by using $ $MyScope.

For example, the $Scope1||$Scope2 pattern places in a scope all files from Scope1 and Scope2.

Defining scopes

Scopes are defined in the Scopes dialog in the following ways:


In the Pattern field, specify file masks. Alternatively, click the Expand button (the Expand button) and type the pattern in the editor.

Using the Mouse Pointer

In the tree view, select files and directories. To include or exclude files and directories, use the following buttons: Include, Include Recursively, Exclude, and Exclude Recursively. For more information about the buttons, refer to Define a new scope.

When you click the buttons, Aqua creates an expression and displays it in the Pattern field.


  • file:*.js||file:*.coffee - include all JavaScript and CoffeeScript files.

  • file:*js&&!file:*.min.* - include all JavaScript files except those that were generated through minification, which is indicated by the min extension.

  • !file:*/.npm//* - exclude all .npm folders.

Last modified: 26 May 2024