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Prettier-js for Emacs


prettier-js is a function that formats the current buffer using prettier. The package also exports a minor mode that applies (prettier-js) on save.



Ensure that the prettier program is installed:

which prettier

If prettier is not installed already, you can install prettier using npm install -g prettier or via your package manager.

Basic configuration

First require the package:

(require 'prettier-js)

Then you can hook to your favorite javascript mode:

(add-hook 'js2-mode-hook 'prettier-js-mode)
(add-hook 'web-mode-hook 'prettier-js-mode)

Prettier arguments

To adjust the CLI args used for the prettier command, you can customize the prettier-js-args variable:

(setq prettier-js-args '(
  "--trailing-comma" "all"
  "--bracket-spacing" "false"

Usage with web-mode

Web-mode is a popular mode for editing .js and .jsx files, but it is used to edit other template files too. If you want to hook prettier-js to web-mode for .js and .jsx files only, you can define a helper function like this:

(defun enable-minor-mode (my-pair)
  "Enable minor mode if filename match the regexp.  MY-PAIR is a cons cell (regexp . minor-mode)."
  (if (buffer-file-name)
      (if (string-match (car my-pair) buffer-file-name)
      (funcall (cdr my-pair)))))

And then hook to web-mode like this:

(add-hook 'web-mode-hook #'(lambda ()
                             '("\\.jsx?\\'" . prettier-js-mode))))

Installing on Windows

This package requires the diff tool which is already included on Unix platforms. The simplest way to install diff on Windows is to use Chocolatey. The steps are as follows:

  1. Follow the Chocolatey install instructions:
  2. Open an Admin Powershell session
  3. Install the diff program: choco install diffutils

You should now be able to open Emacs and successfully use this package.


This package is customizable via custom.el:

M-x customize-group prettier-js
  • prettier-js-command is the prettier command
  • prettier-js-args are the args passed to the prettier command
  • prettier-js-show-errors customizes where to display the error output (buffer, echo or nil)
  • prettier-js-width-mode customizes the width when formatting buffer contents (window, fill or nil)

Using node_modules/.bin/prettier

If you want to use your project's prettier version you can rely on

(eval-after-load 'web-mode
       (add-hook 'web-mode-hook #'add-node-modules-path)
       (add-hook 'web-mode-hook #'prettier-js-mode)))
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