Haskell ghc-mod opens pipe to ghc-mod and queries types, info, typechecks and lints current file.


Only configuration option you will likely need to set is ghcModPath. It needs to be set to full path to ghc-mod executable, if it is not in your PATH. For example, if you have ghc-mod in /home/user/.cabal/bin/, you need to write /home/user/.cabal/bin/ghc-mod in ghcModPath. Note that shell expansions are not suported, i.e. you can’t use ~ or $HOME.

You may also consider adding path to directory containing ghc/ghci executable to additionalPathDirectories configuration option. It is a comma-separated list of directories that will be added to your search path when invoking ghc-mod. For example, if you have ghc installed to /usr/local, then you would add /usr/local/bin to additionalPathDirectories.


Haskell-ghc-mod comes with little pre-specified keybindings, so you will need to specify your own, if you want those.

You can edit Atom keybindings by opening ‘Edit → Open Your Keymap’. Here is a template for all commands, provided by haskell-ghc-mod:

  '': 'haskell-ghc-mod:check-file'
  '': 'haskell-ghc-mod:lint-file'
  'ctrl-alt-t': 'haskell-ghc-mod:show-type' #this is an example binding
  'ctrl-alt-i': 'haskell-ghc-mod:show-info' #this is an example binding
  'ctrl-alt-T': 'haskell-ghc-mod:insert-type' #this is an example binding
  '': 'haskell-ghc-mod:case-split'
  '': 'haskell-ghc-mod:sig-fill'
  '': 'haskell-ghc-mod:show-info-fallback-to-type'
  '': 'haskell-ghc-mod:show-type-fallback-to-info'
  '': 'haskell-ghc-mod:show-type-and-info'
  '': 'haskell-ghc-mod:insert-import'
  '': 'haskell-ghc-mod:go-to-declaration'

  '': 'haskell-ghc-mod:shutdown-backend'

Advanced configuration

In some cases, it could be useful to disable ghc-mod completely for a given project (e.g. GHCJS), or suppress error pop-ups (e.g. in case of known ghc-mod bugs where some features don’t work, or don’t always work).

You can create .haskell-ghc-mod.json file in project root (i.e. directory containing a *.cabal file, or – in case of plain projects – Atom’s project root directory).

.haskell-ghc-mod.json from Atom project root will also be honored, if it exists, with lower priority.

You can also create a global config file in ${ATOM_CONFIG_DIR}/haskell-ghc-mod.json. ${ATOM_CONFIG_DIR} is usually ${HOME}/.atom, but you can check it’s path by running atom.getConfigDirPath() in Atom’s developer console (View → Developer → Toggle Developer Tools → Console).

Config file is a JSON file with the following fields:

  • "disable"true/false. Will disable all ghc-mod functions entirely. If omitted, defaults to false.
  • "suppressErrors"true/false. Will suppress error pop-ups. Those still will be displayed in Atom’s console (View → Developer → Toggle Developer Tools), so if someting seems wierd, one could check there.
  • "ghcOptions" – Array of Strings. Options to pass to GHC. Can be useful to explicitly suppress warnings, e.g. -fno-warn-unused-do-bind or anything else.
  • "ghcModOptions" – Array of Strings. Arbitrary options to pass to ghc-mod. Bear in mind that you shouldn’t really change most ghc-mod options, since the package makes some assumptions on that part. Also only global ghc-mod options will work (i.e. no command-specific ones)


  "disable": false,
  "suppressErrors": true,
  "ghcOptions": ["-fno-warn-unused-do-bind", "-fno-warn-name-shadowing"],
  "ghcModOptions": ["--with-ghc", "/path/to/custom/ghc"]