Configuring Prettier in VSCode

Things you might have to do in order to have Prettier work in VSCode properly.

February 02, 2021

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Even after you have installed Prettier in VSCode, Prettier might now work right away. In such situations, there's few things that you can can do in order to have Prettier work properly.

Set Default Formatter

In some cases, the default formatter option might be set to null. I such case, we want to set it to: esbenp.prettier-vscode.

default formatter

Format On Save

It is also important to check if the Format On Save option is checked.

default formatter

With these two options, it's most likely the Prettier should be working.

Reqiore Config

Sometimes, it could be convenient to use Prettier to only specific projects (there could be projects where people may not use prettier). We can specify the editor to only use Prettier when there's a .prettierrc file.

require config

In the .prettierrc file, we can use a default setting:

{
  "trailingComma": "es5",
  "tabWidth": 4,
  "semi": true,
  "singleQuote": true
}