How to Beautify or Format Code

Okay so, have you ever copied a piece of code for your project and when you paste the code in your editor it just looks ugly, why? because its probably not formatted in a proper way.

It has unnecessary spaces, blank lines etc. Now whenever you use code that are not formatted properly it just look’s bad, its harder to understand what the code is doing and in some programming languages it will cost you more resources to run that program.

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This is why you should always format or beautify your code.

Why Beautify or Format Code?

The sole reason to beautify your ugly code is to make it easier for people to understand the code and make it for efficient by removing unnecessary spaces and blank lines.

If you are working with a team then formatting your code in a proper way is very very important, it makes it easier for the other person working on the same code.

What are the Ways to Beautify or Format Different Coding Languages?

When it comes to beautifying your code, there are three ways that you can do it.

  1. Using Code Editors
  2. Manually
  3. Using Online Tools

Using Code Editors – Almost all the modern code editors have some sort of feature / option that lets you clean up and format your code. In most of them it comes pre-installed, but in some code editors you need to download or install that feature.

Manually – Well the manual method is the one where you don’t use any tools and format the code manually yourself while you are coding it.

Using Online Tools – This is probably the easiest method, all you need to do is go to the website of an online code beautifier, paste your code and beautify it.

Now the first and the second method are good ways to beautify or format your code but they require a lot of time or technical knowledge. So using a online code beautifier will be the best bet because it will be easy, fast and doesn’t require you to setup, download or install anything.

Beautify Different programming Languages

Now below I have given the list of all the online tools you can use to beautify different programming languages, I have also explained how you can use those tools so that you wont have any problem in using them.

Beautify HTML

To beautify HTML you can use this tool by free formatter – https://www.freeformatter.com/html-formatter.html

The steps are very simple to use the tool, first copy your html and paste it in the Option 1 input box, after that leave the other options to default and click on the ‘Format HTML’ button. You can also click the ‘Format HTML in New Window’ if you want the formatted code in a new tab.

online html beautifier

Beautify CSS

To beautify CSS you can use this tool by Beautify Tools – https://beautifytools.com/css-beautifier.php

First copy your css and paste it in the left input box, after that click on the ‘Beautify Css’ button to get the formatted css at the right side box.

online css beautifier

Beautify JavaScript

To beautify JavaScript you can use this tool by Beautifier.io – https://beautifier.io/

First remove the demo js code from the input box, after that copy and paste your own code and click on the ‘Beautify Code’ button. You will get the output in the same input box.

online JavaScript beautifier

Beautify Python

To beautify Python Programming Language you can use this tool by Tutorials Point – https://www.tutorialspoint.com/online_python_formatter.htm

Remove the default python code from the left input box and after that paste your own code and click on the ‘Beautify’ button at the top left corner.

online python beautifier

Beautify Java

To beautify Java Language you can use this tool by Techie Delight – https://techiedelight.com/tools/java

Paste your java code in the left input box and after that click on the ‘Format / Beautify Java’ button.

online java beautifier

Beautify C Language

To beautify C Language you can use this tool by Code Beautify – https://codebeautify.org/c-formatter-beautifier

Enter C Code in the left side input box and after that click the ‘Format’ button.

online c beautifier

Beautify C#

To beautify C# you can use this tool by Beautify Code – https://beautifycode.net/csharp-formatter

Enter C# code in the left side input box and click on the ‘Beautify’ button at the bottom.

online c# beautifier

Beautify C++

To beautify C++ you can use this tool by Formatter.org – https://formatter.org/cpp-formatter

Copy paste and enter your C++ code at the left side and after that click the ‘Format’ button.

online cpp beautifier

Beautify PHP

To beautify PHP you can use this tool by Code Beautify – https://codebeautify.org/php-beautifier

Copy paste and enter your PHP code at the left side and after that click the ‘Format’ button to get the output at the right side output box.

online php beautifier

List of Online Code Beautifiers for Different Programming Languages

Now in case the language you are using isn’t there in the above list then see the rest of the list below and get the link to the tool you need.

  1. Swift – https://swift-format.com/
  2. SQL – https://codebeautify.org/sqlformatter
  3. Ruby – https://www.tutorialspoint.com/online_ruby_formatter.htm
  4. Objective-C – https://formatter.org/objc-formatter
  5. Go – https://www.cleancss.com/go-beautify/
  6. Perl – https://www.tutorialspoint.com/online_perl_formatter.htm
  7. Kotlin – https://facebookincubator.github.io/ktfmt/

Is it Safe to Beautify Code?

Always keep a backup of your original source code before you beautify it, because sometimes the tools that beautify the source codes can mess up the code that might break the program.

So keep a backup then beautify your code. Doesn’t matter what programming language you are using.

Conclusion

So that is how you can beautify your source codes easily without spending a lot of time on it or without installing any plugin, tools etc. Still incase you want to use your local code editor then read this post at stack overflow on beautifying code using notepad++ – https://stackoverflow.com/questions/3635460/formatting-code-in-notepad