Configure Prettier in your Node JS project


Posted on Aug 08, 2020


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Prettier is a code formatter that supports many languages and can be integrated with most of the editors.

Also, you can integrate it with your CI/CD.

That way nobody will be able to merge to the master branch if the code is not well-formatted.

With Prettier you will be able to define your own rules, however default rules are enough at the beginning.

Your rules will be defined in a file called .prettierrc placed in your project’s root.

Let’s see how to install Prettier and then make some configurations.

      
npm install prettier --save-dev
  
    

Example of Prettier config file

      
{
  "trailingComma": "es5",
  "tabWidth": 4,
  "printWidth": 120,
  "semi": true,
  "singleQuote": false,
  "useTabs": false,
  "quoteProps": "as-needed",
  "jsxSingleQuote": false,
  "bracketSpacing": false,
  "jsxBracketSameLine": true,
  "arrowParens": "avoid",
  "requirePragma": false,
  "insertPragma": false,
  "proseWrap": "preserve",
  "endOfLine": "lf"
  }
  
    
See more options for the .prettierrc file

Gulp integration

      
npm install gulp-prettier -save-dev
  
    
      
gulp.task("prettier", () => {
  return gulp
  .src("./**/*.js")
  .pipe(prettier(".prettierrc"))
  .pipe(gulp.dest("./"));
});
  
    

PhpStorm IDE integration

If you are using PHP Storm, it’s highly recommended that you configure your IDE to auto-format your code every time you save a .js file

https://prettier.io/docs/en/webstorm.html The plugin will take the rules from you .prettierrc file

Configure a File Watcher in PhpStorm to auto-format the code on save.

Visual Studio Code

You can install the extension as any other and then you can use these configurations in you settings.js with the prefix "prettier"
      
{
  "prettier.useTabs": false,
  "prettier.trailingComma": "es5",
  "prettier.tabWidth": 4,
  "prettier.printWidth": 120,
  "prettier.semi": true,
  "prettier.singleQuote": false,
  "prettier.quoteProps": "as-needed",
  "prettier.jsxSingleQuote": false,
  "prettier.bracketSpacing": false,
  "prettier.jsxBracketSameLine": true,
  "prettier.arrowParens": "avoid",
  "prettier.proseWrap": "preserve",
  "prettier.endOfLine": "lf"
}
  
    

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