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🧙‍ Abracadabra

Refactoring (noun): a change made to the internal structure of software to make it easier to understand and cheaper to modify without changing its observable behavior.

"Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code" by Martin Fowler

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With Abracadabra, you can quickly and safely refactor existing code in VS Code.

VS Code ships with a few basic refactorings. Abracadabra supercharges your editor with:

  • 🎁 Much, much more refactorings
  • Shortcuts to trigger the most useful ones in no-time
  • 💡 Quick Fixes to suggest refactorings when appropriate
  • 🛠 Options to customize the UX to your needs
  • 💬 Refactorings that work with .js, .jsx, .ts, .tsx and .vue files

Refactor Legacy Code in a snap! 👌

Abracadabra in action


  1. Click on the Extensions icon (usually on the left-hand side of your editor).
  2. Search for "Abracadabra".
  3. Find the extension in the list and click the install button.

List of available refactorings

We have 35+ automated refactorings such as Extract Variable, Extract Type, Flip If/Else, Move to Existing File, etc.

👉 Here's the full catalog of refactorings available

All refactorings are available through the Command Palette.

Some refactorings have default keybindings configured, but you can change that.

All other refactorings are available through VS Code Quick Fixes. You can access them by clicking on the lightbulb that appear next to the code 💡 or use the default shortcut Alt ↵.

Pro Tip: You can also disable the Quick Fixes you never use in VS Code settings 🔥 (look for Abracadabra)


Setting Description Default
abracadabra.ignoredFolders Folders where it won't propose refactorings ["node_modules"]
abracadabra.ignoredPatterns Glob patterns where it won't propose refactorings ["dist/*", "build/*"]

For the glob patterns, read glob's documentation to see what you can filter out.

All refactorings that appear in Quick Fix suggestions can also be disabled in your VS Code settings 🔥 (look for Abracadabra)

Release Notes

Have a look at our CHANGELOG to get the details of all changes between versions.


We follow SemVer convention for versioning.

That means our releases use the following format:

  • Breaking changes bump <major> (and reset <minor> & <patch>)
  • Backward compatible changes bump <minor> (and reset <patch>)
  • Bug fixes bump <patch>


Contributing Guide

Read our contributing guide to learn about our development process, how to propose bugfixes and improvements, and how to build and test your changes to Abracadabra.

Good First Issues

To help you get your feet wet and become familiar with our contribution process, we have a list of good first issues that contains things with a relatively limited scope. This is a great place to get started!


Thanks goes to these wonderful people (emoji key):

Nicolas Carlo

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Alexander Rose

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Tim van Cleef

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Tobias Hann

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Jiri Spac



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James Nail


Nick Ebbitt

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Oliver Joseph Ash

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Alberto Xamin


Sakumatti Luukkonen

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Sergey Klevakin

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Andrew Janian



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Iuliu Pop

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Christina Braun


Zak Miller

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Jonathan Boiser




Sam Hasler


Nicolas Favre-Felix


Wout Mertens


Luke Harold Miles

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Ikko Ashimine





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Ian Obermiller

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Emily Marigold Klassen



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Alan Hussey


Kevin Coleman


Roberts Slisans






Jose Cabrera


Sebastian Schlatow




Andy Bulka


Andrew Ash


This project follows the all-contributors specification.

Contributions of any kind are welcome!


Building automated refactoring for JavaScript is not easy, and it takes time. Since this is a side-project, it doesn't get as much time as it should to cover everything you need.

If Abracadabra doesn't fit your need for something, here are the other extensions I recommend you check:

  • JS CodeFormer which is built by Chris Stead. Chris built the first JS refactorings extension in VS Code back in the days, so he knows his stuff 👍
  • P42 JavaScript assistant is a recent and impressive tool built by Lars Grammel. I had the opportunity to chat with Lars and we really think alike. The main difference is that Lars is dedicated full-time into building this. It's not open-source, but it may solve the problem you have 😉
  • JavaScript Booster is a popular extension that mimics Webstorm's UX for refactoring—which was a source of inspiration for Abracadabra. Worth having a look.

There are some things I think Abracadabra does better. Other things Abracadabra does worse. The goal with this extension is to provide automated refactorings that are easy to use and VS Code misses. If others are implementing them, I'm more than happy to recommend (and use) their tool!

Have a look, give them a try, use a combination of tools that work best for you.