A Visual Studio Code extension that provides C++, C, Obj-C, Java formatting with the use of clang-format
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Clang-Format is a tool to format C/C++/Java/JavaScript/Objective-C/Objective-C++/Protobuf code. It can be configured with a config file within the working folder or a parent folder. Configuration see: http://clang.llvm.org/docs/ClangFormatStyleOptions.html


This extension allows clang-format (version 3.8 or higher) to be used to format C/C++, Javascript etc. source files directly from within Visual Studio Code.

Files can be formatted on-demand by right clicking in the document and selecting "Format Document", or by using the associated keyboard shortcut (usually Ctrl+⇧+F on Windows, Ctrl+⇧+I on Linux, and ⇧+⌥+F on macOS).

To automatically format a file on save, add the following to your vscode settings.json file:

    "editor.formatOnSave": true

Specifying the location of clang-format

This extension will attempt to find clang-format on your PATH. Alternatively, the clang-format executable can be specified in your vscode settings.json file:

    "clang-format.executable": "/absolute/path/to/clang-format"

Placeholders can also be used in the clang-format.executable value. The following placeholders are supported:

  • ${workspaceRoot} - replaced by the absolute path of the current vscode workspace root.
  • ${cwd} - replaced by the current working directory of vscode.
  • ${env.VAR} - replaced by the environment variable $VAR, e.g. ${env.HOME} will be replaced by $HOME, your home directory.

Some examples:

  • ${workspaceRoot}/node_modules/.bin/clang-format - specifies the version of clang that has been added to your workspace by npm install clang-format.
  • ${env.HOME}/tools/clang38/clang-format - use a specific clang format version under your home directory.

Source code

Available on github: https://github.com/xaverh/vscode-clang-format-provider