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Eclipse Java Code Formatter for NetBeans

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This plugin helps you to apply to a common code style in a team of Eclipse JDT and NetBeans IDE users. The original formatting engine of Eclipse is embedded and allows you to format the sourcecode the same way as your Eclipse co-workers do. You only have to provide an Eclipse formatter configuration file.

Known issue: When the Eclipse formatter is used the line-breakpoints at the formatted lines are lost. Class/Method/Field breakpoints will be preserved.


  • Global configuration and project specific configuration
  • On save action (Disabled by default)
  • Shows the used formatter as notification (Enabled by default)
  • Supports profiles (since 1.6)
  • Supports format of selected text (since 1.7)
  • Preserve breakpoints (experimental) (since 1.8)
  • Code templates for @formatter:on/off (since 1.9)
  • Supports Workspace Mechanic configuration file (since 1.10)
  • Support configuration from .settings/org.eclipse.jdt.core.prefs (absolute and relative paths) (since 1.10)
  • On save action: Introduced option for formatting only the changed lines (since 1.10)
  • Support configuration of linefeed (since 1.10)
  • Support configuration of source level (since 1.10)
  • Support for macro invocation (since 1.12)

Updates in - 4.6 Fork:

  • [Feature 84]: Provide support for Eclipse Neon 4.6 1a
  • [Bugfix 88]: Fixed: Keyboard shortcut does not format non java files

Updates in 1.12.0:

  • [Feature 86]: Allow action to be invoked via macro

Updates in 1.11.0:

  • [Feature 78]: Support formatting using Eclipse 4.5.2 Mars.2
  • [Bugfix 74]: Fixed: Minor UI issues in options dialog
  • [Bugfix 80]: Fixed: Prevent "URI is not hierarchical" exception
  • [Bugfix 77]: Fixed: Exception, when using third-party Java code formatter in configuation file

Updates in 1.10.2:

  • [Feature 61]: Support Workspace Mechanic configuration file (*.epf)
  • [Feature 67]: Support configuration via /.settings/org.eclipse.jdt.core.prefs or absolute path to org.eclipse.jdt.core.prefs
  • [Feature 68]: Reduce download size by 77% by repacking jars with pack200
  • [Feature 70]: On save action: Introduced option for formatting only the changed lines
  • [Feature 71]: Support configuration of linefeed
  • [Feature 23]: Support configuration of source level
  • [Feature 37]: Fallback to NB formatter, if file isn't a java file
  • [Bugfix 73]: Selection in undocked windows is not respected, when called via keyboard

Updates in 1.9:

Updates in

  • [Bugfix 57]: Fixed: java.lang.IllegalArgumentException: bad position and run parts in EDT
  • [Bugfix 4]: Fixed: option panel isn't found by searching for "eclipse"

Updates in

  • [Bugfix 56]: Fixed: Format on Save - Changed files remain modified after saving them in Java Editor
  • [Bugfix 55]: Fixed: "URI is not hierarchical" error message on calling format - add logging for this error

Updates in

  • [Feature 47]: Preserve Class/Method/Field breakpoints (experimental, can be disabled in options)
  • [Bugfix 53]: Fixed: Do not remove linebreakpoint, if line is not included in selection
  • [Bugfix 52]: Fixed: Cannot assign shortcut for "Format with Eclipse Formatter" action
  • [Task 46]: Update to use eclipse formatter libs from eclipse 4.4
  • [Task 48]: Support only NetBeans 7.4 and above
  • [Task 49]: Add donation button
  • [Task 50]: Add link to github/homepage

Updates in 1.7.1:

  • [Bugfix 41]: Fixed: NPE when configuration file not found

Updates in 1.7:

Updates in 1.6.1:

  • [Bugfix 34]: Fixed: NPE while saving options when no profile is set

Updates in 1.6:

  • [Task 30]: Update to Eclipse formatter jars from Eclipse Kepler 4.3
  • [Feature 31]: First profile in file is always used - support selection of profile
  • [Feature 21]: Project specific options: Show link to global options

Updates in 1.5:

  • [Bugfix 18]: Fixed: Formatting with eclipse formatter introduces empty document in undo manager
  • [Task 27]: Provide a signed package for the PPUC

Updates in 1.4.1:

  • [Bugfix 25]: Fixed: Configured formatter.xml isn't used

Updates in 1.4:


Please note that this plugin only provides support for formatting. Eclipse users may miss the application of save-actions like "adding @Override annotations" or "member sort order". Such AST-based transformations are not provided by this plugin. The plugin also won't format source code with guarded sections - like the Java sources generated by the NetBeans GUI builder.


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Compatible to NetBeans 8.0.2+ and JDK7+.