A wrapper to apply ktfmt to your Gradle builds, and reformat you Kotlin source code like a glimpse.

Programming language: Kotlin
License: MIT License
Tags: Tools     Kotlin     Kotlin Library     Multiplatform     Gradle     Linter     Lint     Formatter    
Latest version: v0.8.0

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ktfmt-gradle 🧹🐘

A wrapper to apply ktfmt to your Gradle builds, and reformat you Kotlin source code like a glimpse.

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How to use 👣

ktfmt-gradle is distributed through Gradle Plugin Portal. To use it you need to add the following dependency to your gradle files.

Please note that those code needs to be added the gradle file of the module where you want to reformat the code (not the top level build.gradle[.kts] file).

If you're using the plugin{} blocks in your Gradle file:

plugins {
    id("com.ncorti.ktfmt.gradle") version "<latest_version>"

If you're instead using the Groovy Gradle files and the old buildscript block:

buildscript {
    repositories {
        maven { url "https://plugins.gradle.org/m2/" }

    dependencies {
        classpath "com.ncorti.ktfmt.gradle:plugin:<latest_version>"

apply plugin: "com.ncorti.ktfmt.gradle"


Please note that ktfmt-gradle relies on ktfmt hence the minimum supported JDK version is 11.

Please also note the following requirements:

  • Kotlin 1.4+. In order to reformat Kotlin 1.4 code, you need run on Gradle to 6.8+ (This is due to Gradle 6.7 embedding Kotlin 1.3.x - See #12660).

  • Android. ktfmt-gradle relies on features from Android Gradle Plugin 4.1+. So make sure you bump AGP before applying this plugin.


By default, ktfmt-gradle will add two Gradle tasks to your build:

  • ktfmtCheck that will check if the code in your module is ktfmt-compliant
  • ktfmtFormat that will reformat your code with ktfmt

Those two tasks will invoke ktfmt on the whole module. More specific tasks are avialable based on the module type.

Jvm/Js Modules

For Jvm/Js modules, the plugin will create a check/format task for every source set. For example, jvm modules will have a ktfmtCheckMain and ktfmtCheckTest tasks for the main and test source sets.

Multiplatform Modules

Kotlin Multiplatform modules will have separate tasks for every target/source set. You will have tasks like ktfmtCheckCommonMain and ktfmtCheckCommonTest and so on. If you target also Android, the tasks explained below will be added as well.

Android Modules

Kotlin Android modules will also have separate tasks for every source set. Due to how source sets are handled on Android, you can expect ktfmt tasks to follow the convention: ktfmt[Check|Format][SourceSet][Variant]JavaSource. For example, the ktfmtCheckAndroidTestDebugJavaSource.

Features 🎨

  • 100% Kotlin-only plugin.
  • Parallel file processing with Kotlin Coroutines.
  • Supports incremental builds (i.e. checks tasks won't rerun if source is unchanged).
  • Configurable thanks to the ktfmt{} block.
  • Integrated with Jvm/Android/KMM modules.

Configuring 🛠

You can configure the behavior of the ktfmt invocation with the ktfmt block in your build.gradle.[kts] file.

To enable different styles you can simply:

ktfmt {
    // Dropbox style - 4 space indentation

    // Google style - 2 space indentation

    // KotlinLang style - 4 space indentation - From kotlinlang.org/docs/coding-conventions.html

If you wish to have further control on the tool you can instead:

ktfmt {
    // Breaks lines longer than maxWidth. Default 100.
    // blockIndent is the indent size used when a new block is opened, in spaces.
    // continuationIndent is the indent size used when a line is broken because it's too
    // Whether ktfmt should remove imports that are not used.

Using with a pre-commit hook 🎣

You can leverage the --include-only to let ktfmt-gradle run only on a specific subset of files.

To this you can register a simple task of type KtfmtCheckTask or KtfmtFormatTask in your build.gradle.kts as follows:

import com.ncorti.ktfmt.gradle.tasks.*

tasks.register<KtfmtFormatTask>("ktfmtPrecommit") {
    source = project.fileTree(rootDir)

You can then invoke the task with --include-only and a comma separated list of relative path of files:

./gradlew ktfmtPrecommit --include-only=src/main/java/File1.kt:src/main/java/File2.kt

The task will execute only on the file you passed and will skip all the others.

Contributing 🤝

Feel free to open a issue or submit a pull request for any bugs/improvements.

License 📄

This project is licensed under the MIT License - see the [License](License) file for details

*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the ktfmt-gradle README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.