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google-java-format is a program that reformats Java source code to comply with Google Java Style.

Using the formatter

from the command-line

Download the formatter and run it with:

java -jar /path/to/google-java-format-1.3-all-deps.jar <options> [files...]

The formatter can act on whole files, on limited lines (--lines), on specific ofsets (--offset), passing through to standard-out (default) or altered in-place (--replace).

To reformat changed lines in a specific patch, use

Note: There is no configurability as to the formatter's algorithm for formatting. This is a deliberate design decision to unify our code formatting on a single format.


A google-java-format IntelliJ plugin is available from the plugin repository.

The plugin adds a Reformat with google-java-format action to the Code menu. The first time the action is used, the plugin substitutes the default CodeStyleManager with an implementation that uses google-java-format on Java files. Until IntelliJ is restarted, the Reformat code action will also google-java-format.

There is an open bug against IntelliJ to add support for configuring external formatters.


A google-java-format Eclipse plugin can be downloaded from the releases page.

The plugin adds a google-java-format formatter implementation that can be configured in Window > Preferences > Java > Code Style > Formatter > Formatter Implementation.

as a library

The formatter can be used in software which generates java to output more legible java code. Just include the library in your maven/gradle/etc. configuration.




dependencies {
  compile ''

You can then use the formatter through the formatSource methods. E.g.

String formattedSource = new Formatter().formatSource(sourceString);


CharSource source = ...
CharSink output = ...
new Formatter().formatSource(source, output);

Your starting point should be the instance methods of

Building from source

mvn install


Please see the contributors guide for details.


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