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cljfmt is a tool for detecting and fixing formatting errors in Clojure code.

Its defaults are based on the Clojure Style Guide, but it also has many customization options to suit a particular project or team.

It is not the goal of the project to provide a one-to-one mapping between a Clojure syntax tree and formatted text; rather the intent is to correct formatting errors with minimal changes to the existing structure of the text.

If you want format completely unstructured Clojure code, the zprint project may be more suitable.

Breaking Changes in 0.11.x

The --indents and --alias-map keys have been removed from the CLI, in favor of using a configuration file instead.

The :indents key has been split into :indents and :extra-indents. The :indents key replaces all default indents, while the :extra-indents key will append to the default indents.

If you need to retain backward compatibility with an older version of cljfmt, then you can add the :legacy/merge-indents? key to your configuration:

{:legacy/merge-indents? true
 :indents {example.core/foo [[:inner 0]]}}

This will treat :indents as if it were :extra-indents. i.e. it is equivalent to:

{:extra-indents {example.core/foo [[:inner 0]]}}


cljfmt integrates with many existing build tools, or can be used as a library. As an end user, you have the choice of:


The fastest way to run cljfmt is via a precompiled binary. If you're using Linux or MacOS, you can run the following command to install the binary into /usr/local/bin:

/bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL"

You can also run this command to update cljfmt to the latest version.

If you're using Windows, there's a zipped up binary you can download and extract manually.

To use cljfmt to check for formatting errors in your project, run:

cljfmt check

And to fix those errors:

cljfmt fix

Use --help for a list of all the command-line options.

For persistent configuration, you can use a configuration file.

Clojure Tools

The official Clojure CLI supports installation of thirdparty tools. To install cljfmt as a tool, run:

clj -Ttools install io.github.weavejester/cljfmt '{:git/tag "0.12.0"}' :as cljfmt

To use the tool to check for formatting errors in your project, run:

clj -Tcljfmt check

And to fix those errors:

clj -Tcljfmt fix


Leiningen is a popular Clojure build tool. To use cljfmt with Leiningen, add the following plugin to your project.clj file:

:plugins [[dev.weavejester/lein-cljfmt "0.12.0"]]

To use the plugin to check code for formatting errors, run:

lein cljfmt check

And to fix those errors:

lein cljfmt fix

To configure it, put a :cljfmt key and a map of options in your project file. See the configuration section for more details.


cljfmt can be run as a library that formats a string of Clojure code. First, add the dependency:

{:deps {dev.weavejester/cljfmt {:mvn/version "0.12.0"}}}

Then use the library:

(require '[cljfmt.core :as fmt])

(fmt/reformat-string "(defn sum [x y]\n(+ x y))")
;; => "(defn sum [x y]\n  (+ x y))"

To use load the configuration for the current directory:

(require '[cljfmt.config :as cfg])

(fmt/reformat-string "(+ x\ny)" (cfg/load-config))
;; => "(+ x\n   y)"

Editor Integration

You can also use cljfmt via your editor. Several Clojure editing environments have support for cljfmt baked in:


In most environments, cljfmt will look for the following configuration files in the current and parent directories:

  • .cljfmt.edn
  • .cljfmt.clj
  • cljfmt.edn
  • cljfmt.clj

The configuration file should contain a map of options.


In Leiningen, the configuration is found in on the :cljfmt key in the project map:

:cljfmt {}

In order to load the standard configuration file from Leiningen, add the :load-config-file? key to the :cljfmt map:

:cljfmt {:load-config-file? true}

Formatting Options

  • :indentation? - true if cljfmt should correct the indentation of your code. Defaults to true.

  • :indents - a map of var symbols to indentation rules, i.e. {symbol [& rules]}. See for a complete explanation. This will replace the default indents.

  • :extra-indents - the same as :indents, except that this will append to the default indents.

  • :alias-map - a map of namespace alias strings to fully qualified namespace names. This option is unnecessary in most cases, because cljfmt will parse the ns declaration in each file. See

  • :remove-surrounding-whitespace? - true if cljfmt should remove whitespace surrounding inner forms. This will convert (  foo  ) to (foo). Defaults to true.

  • :remove-trailing-whitespace? - true if cljfmt should remove trailing whitespace in lines. This will convert (foo)   \n to (foo)\n. Defaults to true.

  • :insert-missing-whitespace? - true if cljfmt should insert whitespace missing from between elements. This will convert (foo(bar)) to (foo (bar)). Defaults to true.

  • :remove-consecutive-blank-lines? - true if cljfmt should collapse consecutive blank lines. This will convert (foo)\n\n\n(bar) to (foo)\n\n(bar). Defaults to true.

  • :remove-multiple-non-indenting-spaces? - true if cljfmt should remove multiple non indenting spaces. For example, this will convert {:a 1     :b 2} to {:a 1 :b 2}. Defaults to false.

  • :split-keypairs-over-multiple-lines? - true if cljfmt should break hashmaps onto multiple lines. This will convert {:a 1 :b 2} to {:a 1\n:b 2}. Defaults to false.

  • :sort-ns-references? - true if cljfmt should alphanumerically sort the requires, imports and other references in the ns forms at the top of your namespaces. Defaults to false.

  • :function-arguments-indentation -

    • :community if cljfmt should follow the community style recommendation to indent function/macro arguments by a single space when there are no arguments on the same line as the function name.
    • :cursive if two spaces should be used instead, unless the first thing in the list (not counting metadata) is a data structure literal. This should replicate Cursive's default behaviour.
    • :zprint if two spaces should be used instead if the first thing in the list is a symbol or keyword. This should replicate zprint's default behaviour.

    Defaults to :community

Runtime Options

  • :file-pattern - a regular expression to decide which files to scan. Defaults to #”\.clj[csx]?$”.

  • :parallel? - true if cljfmt should process files in parallel. Defaults to false.

  • :paths - determines which files and directories to recursively search for Clojure files. Defaults to checking src and test, except in Leiningen where the :source-paths and :test-paths keys are used instead.

    Paths can also be passed as command line arguments. If the path is -, then the input is STDIN, and the output STDOUT.


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