Prettier and Standard in VSCode

28th Apr 2021

Prettier is an opinionated tool that helps you format code. I love Prettier, but I don’t like its opinions with JavaScript. I prefer using Standard for JavaScript because it doesn’t have semicolons (which makes the code cleaner to read).

It used to be complicated to use Prettier and Standard together. We had to disable Prettier for specific languages. Thankfully, there’s a simpler way now.

We can use an extension called Prettier Standard VSCode. It changes JavaScript from the Prettier default format into Standard.

After you download the extension, you want to set it as the default formatter for all your files.

  "editor.defaultFormatter": "numso.prettier-standard-vscode"

I’ve tested this extension and it continues to work like all other Prettier extensions like .html and .css.

The good thing about using Prettier Standard VSCode is we can continue to use Standard in files with mixed syntaxes like HTML and markdown.

Here’s an example where I edited markdown with Prettier:

Markdown edited with Prettier

And here’s one with Prettier Standard.

Markdown edited with Prettier Standard

For languages that Prettier doesn’t support, you can always overwrite Prettier Standard with a different formatter, like this:

"[nunjucks]": {
  "editor.defaultFormatter": "okitavera.vscode-nunjucks-formatter"

I hope this helps you set up your JavaScript environment!

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