Code readability is a cornerstone of software development. A well-formatted code base makes it easier to read, understand, and maintain the software. That’s where code beautification tools like the atom-beautify plugin for GitHub’s Atom editor come into play. This article will guide you through the steps to beautify your code using this powerful plugin.

How to beautify code using the atom-beautify plugin for GitHub Atom app


  • Atom Editor installed on your computer

To learn how to install the atom-beautify plugin, please refer to my another article.

Let’s begin

Once atom-beautify is successfully installed, you can easily beautify your code files. Here’s how:

Open the file you wish to beautify in the Atom editor.

Highlight the specific lines or block of code you want to beautify. If you want to beautify the entire file, you can skip this step.

Apply code formatting to the code using the method that you prefer.

Keyboard Shortcut method:

  • Press Ctrl-Alt-B on Windows and Linux or Control-Option-B on macOS.

Context Menu (Right-Click) method:

  • Right-click anywhere in the code editor to bring up the context menu.
  • Select the Beautify Editor Contents option from the context menu.

Menu Bar method:

  • Navigate to the Menu Bar located at the top of the screen and click on Packages.
  • Navigate to Atom Beautify, and then select the Beautify option.
How to beautify code using the atom-beautify plugin for GitHub Atom app

Command Palette method:

  • Access the Command Palette by pressing Ctrl-Shift-P on Windows and Linux or Command-Shift-P on macOS.
  • Type Beautify and select the Atom Beautify: Beautify Editor option.
How to beautify code using the atom-beautify plugin for GitHub Atom app

Your code will be automatically formatted according to the rules defined for the language you’re working in.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Keyboard Shortcuts: Learn the keyboard shortcuts for beautification to make the process even quicker.
  • File Types: The atom-beautify plugin supports multiple programming languages, so don’t hesitate to use it across your projects.
  • Troubleshooting: If you encounter issues, checking the Atom editor’s console might provide some clues for resolution.


Beautifying your code is an essential practice for better readability and maintainability. Using the atom-beautify plugin in GitHub’s Atom editor makes this process a breeze. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can easily format your code files, making them cleaner and easier to understand. This not only benefits you but also anyone else who might be working on the same project. Happy coding!

I hope this article has aided you in understanding how to beautify your code in Atom. If you found this article helpful, feel free to leave a comment :smiley:

Thank you for reading, and happy coding!

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