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SublimeJSCSFormatter for Sublime Text 3

Sublime Text 3 Plugin to autoformat your javascript code according to the JSCS configuration files you already have.


Linter installation

JSCS (with autoformatting) must be installed on your system before this plugin will work. To install jscs, do the following:

  1. Install Node.js (and npm on Linux).

  2. Install jscs by typing the following in a terminal:

    npm install -g jscs
  3. If you are using nvm and zsh, ensure that the line to load nvm is in .zshenv and not .zshrc.

  4. If you are using zsh and oh-my-zsh, do not load the nvm plugin for oh-my-zsh.

Plugin installation

Please use Package Control to install the linter plugin. This will ensure that the plugin will be updated when new versions are available. If you want to install from source so you can modify the source code, you probably know what you are doing so we won’t cover that here.

To install via Package Control, do the following:

  1. Within Sublime Text, bring up the Command Palette and type install. Among the commands you should see Package Control: Install Package. If that command is not highlighted, use the keyboard or mouse to select it. There will be a pause of a few seconds while Package Control fetches the list of available plugins.

  2. When the plugin list appears, type jscs format. Among the entries you should see JSCSFormatter. If that entry is not highlighted, use the keyboard or mouse to select it.


Command palette:

  • JSCSFormatter: Format this file

Shortcut key:

  • Linux/Windows: [Ctrl + Shift + H]
  • Mac: [Cmd + Shift + H]


By default, JSCSFormatter will supply the following settings:

  // The Nodejs installation path
  "node_path": {
    "windows": "node.exe",
    "linux": "/usr/bin/nodejs",
    "osx": "/usr/local/bin/node"

  // The location of the the globally installed jscs package
  "jscs_path": {
    "windows": "%APPDATA%/npm/node_modules/jscs/bin/jscs",
    "linux": "/usr/bin/jscs",
    "osx": "/usr/local/bin/jscs"

  // Specify this path to a JSCS config file to override the default behavior.
  // Passed to JSCS as --config. Read more here:
  "config_path": "",

  // Automatically format when a file is saved.
  "format_on_save": false,

  // Only attempt to format files with whitelisted extensions on save.
  // Leave empty to disable the check
  "format_on_save_extensions": [
  • Modify any settings within the Preferences -> Package Settings -> JSCS Formatter -> Settings - User file.

Project-specific settings override

To override global plugin configuration for a specific project, add a settings object with a JSCS-Formatter key in your .sublime-project. This file is accessible via Project -> Edit Project.

For example:

  "folders": [
      "path": "."
  "settings": {
    "JSCS-Formatter": {
      "format_on_save": true

Setting up paths in Sublime with NVM

  1. Find path of Node and JSCS

    npm config get prefix
  2. Return to Sublime Modify the file at Preferences > Package Settings > JSCS-Formatter > Settings-User. Update the node_path and jscs_path settings.

  "node_path": {
    "linux": "/home/YOURUSER/.nvm/versions/node/v6.9.2/bin/node",

  "jscs_path": {
    "linux": "/home/YOURUSER/.nvm/versions/node/v6.9.2/bin/jscs",


If you find any bugs feel free to report them here.

Pull requests are also encouraged.

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