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cljstyle is a tool for formatting Clojure code. It can take something messy like this:

(  ns  "some doc"
    (:require ( [abc :as abc]
      ;; Need this for the thing

(defn hello "says hi" (
      [] (hello "world")
  ) ([name]
  ( println "Hello," name  )

...and restyle it into nicely-formatted code like this:

  "some doc"
    [ :as abc]
    [ :refer :all])
      ;; Need this for the thing

(defn hello
  "says hi"
  ([] (hello "world"))
   (println "Hello," name)))

Note that this is a rewrite of the original weavejester/cljfmt tool to provide more capabilities and configurability as well as a native-compiled binary.


Releases are published on the GitHub project. The native binaries are self-contained, so to install them simply place them on your path.


The cljstyle tool supports several different commands for checking source files.

Check and Fix

To check the formatting of your source files, use:

cljstyle check

If the formatting of any source file is incorrect, a diff will be supplied showing the problem, and what cljstyle thinks it should be.

If you want to check only a specific file, or several specific files, you can do that, too:

cljstyle check src/foo/core.clj

Once you've identified formatting issues, you can choose to ignore them, fix them manually, or let cljstyle fix them with:

cljstyle fix

As with the check task, you can choose to fix a specific file:

cljstyle fix src/foo/core.clj


The pipe command offers a simple integration hook by reading Clojure code from stdin and writing the reformatted code to stdout:

cljstyle pipe < in.clj > out.clj

This command resolves configuration from the directory it is executed in, since there is no explicit file path to use. See the editor integration docs for more details.


For inspecting what cljstyle is doing, one tool is to specify the --verbose flag, which will cause additional debugging output to be printed. There are also a few extra commands which can help understand what's happening.

The find command will print what files would be checked by cljstyle. It will print each file path to standard output on a new line:

cljstyle find [path...]

The config command will show what configuration settings cljstyle would use to process the specified files or files in the current directory:

cljstyle config [path]

Finally, version will show what version of the tool you're using:

cljstyle version


The cljstyle tool comes with a sensible set of default configuration built-in and may additionally be configured by using a hierarchy of .cljstyle files in the source tree. The configuration settings include toggles for format rules, width constraints, and the indentation rules.

Ignoring Forms

By default, cljstyle will ignore forms which are wrapped in a (comment ...) form or preceeded by the discard macro #_. You can also optionally disable formatting rules from matching a form by tagging it with ^:cljstyle/ignore metadata - this is often useful for macros.

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