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Kotlin linter in spirit of feross/standard (JavaScript) and gofmt (Go).


  • No configuration.* Which means no decisions to make, nothing to argue about and no special files to manage.
    While this might sound extreme, keep in mind that ktlint tries to capture (reflect) official code style* from kotlinlang.org and Android Kotlin Style Guide (+ we respect your .editorconfig and support additional ruleset|s).
  • Built-in formatter. So that you wouldn't have to fix all style violations by hand.
  • Customizable output. plain (+ plain?group_by_file), json, html and checkstyle reporters are available out-of-the-box. It's also easy to create your own.
  • A single executable jar with all dependencies included.

Installation | Usage | Integration with Maven / Gradle / IntelliJ IDEA / Emacs / Continuous Integration | Creating a ruleset | a reporter | Badge | FAQ

Standard rules

  • annotation: Annotation formatting - multiple annotations should be on a separate line than the annotated declaration; annotations with parameters should each be on separate lines; annotations should be followed by a space
  • argument-list-wrapping: Argument list wrapping
  • chain-wrapping: When wrapping chained calls ., ?. and ?: should be placed on the next line
  • comment-spacing: The end of line comment sign // should be preceded and followed by exactly a space
  • enum-entry-name-case: Enum entry names should be uppercase underscore-separated names
  • filename: Files containing only one toplevel domain should be named according to that element.
  • final-newline: Newline at the end of each file (enabled by default) (set insert_final_newline=false in .editorconfig to disable (see EditorConfig section for more)).
  • import-ordering: Imports ordered consistently (see Custom ktlint EditorConfig properties for more)
  • indent: Indentation formatting - respects .editorconfig indent_size with no continuation indent (see EditorConfig section for more)
  • max-line-length: Ensures that lines do not exceed the given length of .editorconfig property max_line_length (see EditorConfig section for more). This rule does not apply in a number of situations. For example, in the case a line exceeds the maximum line length due to and comment that disables ktlint rules than that comment is being ignored when validating the length of the line. The .editorconfig property ktlint_ignore_back_ticked_identifier can be set to ignore identifiers which are enclosed in backticks, which for example is very useful when you want to allow longer names for unit tests.
  • modifier-order: Consistent order of modifiers
  • multiline-if-else: Braces required for multiline if/else statements
  • no-blank-line-before-rbrace: No blank lines before }
  • no-blank-lines-in-chained-method-calls: No blank lines in chained method expressions
  • no-consecutive-blank-lines: No consecutive blank lines
  • no-empty-class-body: No empty ({}) class bodies
  • no-empty-first-line-in-method-block: No leading empty lines in method blocks
  • no-line-break-after-else: Disallows line breaks after the else keyword if that could lead to confusion, for example: kotlin if (conditionA()) { doSomething() } else if (conditionB()) { doAnotherThing() }
  • no-line-break-before-assignment: When a line is broken at an assignment (=) operator the break comes after the symbol
  • no-multi-spaces: Except in indentation and in KDoc's it is not allowed to have multiple consecutive spaces
  • no-semi: No semicolons (unless used to separate multiple statements on the same line)
  • no-trailing-spaces: No trailing whitespaces
  • no-unit-return: No Unit returns (fun fn {} instead of fun fn: Unit {})
  • no-unused-imports: No unused imports
  • no-wildcard-imports: No wildcard imports expect imports listed in .editorconfig property ij_kotlin_packages_to_use_import_on_demand
  • package-name: No underscores in package names
  • parameter-list-wrapping: When class/function signature doesn't fit on a single line, each parameter must be on a separate line
  • string-template: Consistent string templates ($v instead of ${v}, ${p.v} instead of ${p.v.toString()})


  • annotation-spacing: Annotations should be separated by a single line break
  • colon-spacing: Consistent spacing around colon
  • comma-spacing: Consistent spacing around comma
  • curly-spacing: Consistent spacing around curly braces
  • dot-spacing: Consistent spacing around dots
  • double-colon-spacing: No spaces around ::
  • keyword-spacing: Consistent spacing around keywords
  • op-spacing: Consistent spacing around operators
  • paren-spacing: Consistent spacing around parenthesis
  • range-spacing: Consistent spacing around range operators
  • spacing-around-angle-brackets: No spaces around angle brackets
  • spacing-between-declarations-with-annotations: Declarations with annotations should be separated by a blank line
  • spacing-between-declarations-with-comments: Declarations with comments should be separated by a blank line
  • unary-op-spacing: No spaces around unary operators

Experimental rules

New rules will be added into the experimental ruleset, which can be enabled by passing the --experimental flag to ktlint.

  • experimental:block-comment-initial-star-alignment: Lines in a block comment which (exclusive the indentation) start with a * should have this * aligned with the * in the opening of the block comment.
  • experimental:discouraged-comment-location: Detect discouraged comment locations (no autocorrect)
  • experimental:unnecessary-parentheses-before-trailing-lambda: An empty parentheses block before a lambda is redundant. For example some-string".count() { it == '-' }
  • function-signature: rewrites the function signature to a single line when possible (e.g. when not exceeding the max_line_length property) or a multiline signature otherwise. In case of function with a body expression, the body expression is placed on the same line as the function signature when not exceeding the max_line_length property. Optionally the function signature can be forced to be written as a multiline signature in case the function has more than a specified number of parameters (.editorconfig' propertyktlint_function_signature_wrapping_rule_always_with_minimum_parameters`)


  • experimental:fun-keyword-spacing: Consistent spacing after the fun keyword
  • experimental:function-return-type-spacing: Consistent spacing around the function return type
  • experimental:function-start-of-body-spacing: Consistent spacing before start of function body
  • experimental:function-type-reference-spacing: Consistent spacing in the type reference before a function
  • experimental:modifier-list-spacing: Consistent spacing between modifiers in and after the last modifier in a modifier list
  • experimental:nullable-type-spacing: No spaces in a nullable type
  • experimental:parameter-list-spacing: Consistent spacing inside the parameter list
  • experimental:spacing-between-function-name-and-opening-parenthesis: Consistent spacing between function name and opening parenthesis
  • experimental:type-parameter-list-spacing: Spacing after a type parameter list in function and class declarations


  • experimental:comment-wrapping: A block comment should start and end on a line that does not contain any other element. A block comment should not be used as end of line comment.
  • experimental:kdoc-wrapping: A KDoc comment should start and end on a line that does not contain any other element.


Ktlint uses a limited set of .editorconfig properties for additional configuration. A sensible default value is provided for each property when not explicitly defined. Properties can be overridden, provided they are specified under [*.{kt,kts}]. Ktlint uses some properties defined by .editorconfig, IntelliJ IDEA and custom properties.

Disable rules

By default, no rules are disabled. The property disabled_rules holds a comma separated list (without spaces). Rules which are not defined in the standard ruleset have to be prefixed.


disabled_rules = some-standard-rule,experimental:some-experimental-rule,my-custom-ruleset:my-custom-rule

Trailing comma

Trailing comma's (both on call and declaration site) are disabled (e.g. not allowed) by. When enabling the properties, the trailing becomes mandatory where applicable.


ij_kotlin_allow_trailing_comma = false
ij_kotlin_allow_trailing_comma_on_call_site = false

Import layouts

By default, the same imports are allowed as in IntelliJ IDEA. The import path can be a full path, e.g. "java.util.List." as well as wildcard path, e.g. "kotlin.*".

The layout can be composed by the following symbols:

  • "*" - wildcard. There must be at least one entry of a single wildcard to match all other imports. Matches anything after a specified symbol/import as well.
  • "|" - blank line. Supports only single blank lines between imports. No blank line is allowed in the beginning or end of the layout.
  • "" - alias import, e.g. "android.*" will match all android alias imports, "" will match all other alias imports.


ij_kotlin_imports_layout=* # alphabetical with capital letters before lower case letters (e.g. Z before a), no blank lines
ij_kotlin_imports_layout=*,java.**,javax.**,kotlin.**,^ # default IntelliJ IDEA style, same as alphabetical, but with "java", "javax", "kotlin" and alias imports in the end of the imports list
ij_kotlin_imports_layout=android.**,|,^org.junit.**,kotlin.io.Closeable.*,|,*,^ # custom imports layout

Wildcard imports can be allowed for specific import paths (Comma-separated list, use "**" as wildcard for package and all subpackages). This setting overrides the no-wildcard-imports rule. This setting is best be used for allowing wildcard imports from libraries like Ktor where extension functions are used in a way that creates a lot of imports.

ij_kotlin_packages_to_use_import_on_demand = java.util.*,kotlinx.android.synthetic.**


By default, indenting is done with 4 spaces per indent level.

indent_size = 4 # possible values: number (e.g. 2), "unset" (makes ktlint ignore indentation completely)  
indent_style = space # or "tab"

Final newline

By default, a final newline is required at the end of the file.

insert_final_newline = true

Code style

By default, the offical Kotlin code style is applied. Alternatively, the code style can be set to android. Note that for the Android code style different default values might be applicable.

ktlint_code_style = official # Or "android"

Function signature

By default, the number of parameters in a function signature is not relevant when rewriting the function signature. Only the maximum line length determines when a function signature should be written on a single line or with multiple lines. This setting can be used, to force a multiline function signature in case the function contain at least a number of parameters even in case the function signature would fit on a single line.

ktlint_function_signature_rule_force_multiline_with_at_least_parameters= -1 # -1 to ignore the number of parameters or otherwise a positive number

Ignore identifiers enclosed in backticks

By default, the identifiers enclosed in backticks are not ignored.

According to https://kotlinlang.org/docs/reference/coding-conventions.html#names-for-test-methods it is acceptable to write method names in natural language. When using natural language, the description tends to be longer. This property allows lines containing an identifier between backticks to be longer than the maximum line length. (Since 0.41.0)

fun `Given a test with a very loooooooooooooooooooooong test description`() {

ktlint_ignore_back_ticked_identifier = false

Max line length

By default, the maximum line length is not set. The android code style sets the max line length to 100 (per Android Kotlin Style Guide).

max_line_length = -1 # Use "off" (or -1) to ignore max line length or a positive number to set max line length

IntelliJ IDEA .editorconfig autoformat issue

Unfortunately IntelliJ IDEA has .editorconfig autoformat issue that adds additional space into glob statements. For example, [*{kt,kts}] is formatted into [*{kt, kts}] (original ktlint issue). Such behaviour violates .editorconfig specification and leads to ignoring this section when ktlint is parsing it.

Overriding Editorconfig properties for specific directories

You could override properties for specific directories inside your project:


# Note that in this case 'import-ordering' rule will be active and 'indent' will be disabled

Online demo

You can try ktlint online here using the standard or a custom ruleset without installing it to your PC. \ To contribute or get more info, please visit the GitHub repository.


Skip all the way to the "Integration" section if you don't plan to use ktlint's command line interface.

curl -sSLO https://github.com/pinterest/ktlint/releases/download/0.46.1/ktlint &&
  chmod a+x ktlint &&
  sudo mv ktlint /usr/local/bin/

... or just download ktlint from the releases page

  • ktlint.asc contains PGP signature which you can verify with:
    • (Releases up through 0.31.0) curl -sS https://keybase.io/shyiko/pgp_keys.asc | gpg --import && gpg --verify ktlint.asc
    • (Releases from 0.32.0 on) curl -sS https://keybase.io/ktlint/pgp_keys.asc | gpg --import && gpg --verify ktlint.asc

On macOS (or Linux) you can also use brew - brew install ktlint - or MacPorts - port install ktlint. On Arch Linux, you can install ktlint AUR.

If you don't have curl installed - replace curl -sL with wget -qO-.

If you are behind a proxy see - curl / wget manpage. Usually simple http_proxy=http://proxy-server:port https_proxy=http://proxy-server:port curl -sL ... is enough.

Command line usage

# Get help about all available commands
$ ktlint --help

# Check the style of all Kotlin files (ending with '.kt' or '.kts') inside the current dir (recursively).
# Hidden folders will be skipped.
$ ktlint

# Check only certain locations starting from the current directory.
# Prepend ! to negate the pattern, KtLint uses .gitignore pattern style syntax.
# Globs are applied starting from the last one.
# Hidden folders will be skipped.
# Check all '.kt' files in 'src/' directory, but ignore files ending with 'Test.kt':
ktlint "src/**/*.kt" "!src/**/*Test.kt"
# Check all '.kt' files in 'src/' directory, but ignore 'generated' directory and its subdirectories:
ktlint "src/**/*.kt" "!src/**/generated/**"

# Auto-correct style violations.
# If some errors cannot be fixed automatically they will be printed to stderr. 
$ ktlint -F "src/**/*.kt"

# Print style violations grouped by file.
$ ktlint --reporter=plain?group_by_file

# Print style violations as usual + create report in checkstyle format, specifying report location. 
$ ktlint --reporter=plain --reporter=checkstyle,output=ktlint-report-in-checkstyle-format.xml

# Check against a baseline file.
$ ktlint --baseline=ktlint-baseline.xml

# Install git hook to automatically check files for style violations on commit.
# Run "ktlint installGitPrePushHook" if you wish to run ktlint on push instead.
$ ktlint installGitPreCommitHook

on Windows you'll have to use java -jar ktlint ....

ktlint --help for more.


... with Maven


            <target name="ktlint">
                <java taskname="ktlint" dir="${basedir}" fork="true" failonerror="true"
                    classpathref="maven.plugin.classpath" classname="com.pinterest.ktlint.Main">
                    <arg value="src/**/*.kt"/>
                    <!-- to generate report in checkstyle format prepend following args: -->
                    <arg value="--reporter=plain"/>
                    <arg value="--reporter=checkstyle,output=${project.build.directory}/ktlint.xml"/>
                    <!-- see https://github.com/pinterest/ktlint#usage for more -->                    
            <target name="ktlint">
                <java taskname="ktlint" dir="${basedir}" fork="true" failonerror="true"
                    classpathref="maven.plugin.classpath" classname="com.pinterest.ktlint.Main">
                    <arg value="-F"/>
                    <arg value="src/**/*.kt"/>
        <!-- additional 3rd party ruleset(s) can be specified here -->

If you want ktlint to run before code compilation takes place - change <phase>verify</phase> to <phase>validate</phase> (see Maven Build Lifecycle for more).

To check code style - mvn antrun:[email protected] (it's also bound to mvn verify).
To run formatter - mvn antrun:[email protected].

Another option is to use a dedicated Maven plugin - gantsign/ktlint-maven-plugin.

... with Gradle

(with a plugin - Recommended)

Gradle plugins (in order of appearance):

  • jlleitschuh/ktlint-gradle
    Gradle plugin that automatically creates check and format tasks for project Kotlin sources, supports different kotlin plugins and Gradle build caching.

  • jeremymailen/kotlinter-gradle
    Gradle plugin featuring incremental build support, file reports, and *.kts source support.

You might also want to take a look at diffplug/spotless or autostyle/autostyle that have a built-in support for ktlint. In addition to linting/formatting kotlin code it allows you to keep license headers, markdown documentation, etc. in check.

(without a plugin)


// kotlin-gradle-plugin must be applied for configuration below to work
// (see https://kotlinlang.org/docs/reference/using-gradle.html)

apply plugin: 'java'

repositories {

configurations {

dependencies {
    ktlint("com.pinterest:ktlint:0.46.1") {
        attributes {
            attribute(Bundling.BUNDLING_ATTRIBUTE, getObjects().named(Bundling, Bundling.EXTERNAL))
    // additional 3rd party ruleset(s) can be specified here
    // just add them to the classpath (e.g. ktlint 'groupId:artifactId:version') and 
    // ktlint will pick them up

task ktlint(type: JavaExec, group: "verification") {
    description = "Check Kotlin code style."
    classpath = configurations.ktlint
    args "src/**/*.kt"
    // to generate report in checkstyle format prepend following args:
    // "--reporter=plain", "--reporter=checkstyle,output=${buildDir}/ktlint.xml"
    // to add a baseline to check against prepend following args:
    // "--baseline=ktlint-baseline.xml"
    // see https://github.com/pinterest/ktlint#usage for more
check.dependsOn ktlint

task ktlintFormat(type: JavaExec, group: "formatting") {
    description = "Fix Kotlin code style deviations."
    classpath = configurations.ktlint
    args "-F", "src/**/*.kt"

To check code style - gradle ktlint (it's also bound to gradle check).
To run formatter - gradle ktlintFormat.

See Making your Gradle tasks incremental by Niklas Baudy on how to make tasks above incremental.

(without a plugin) for Gradle Kotlin DSL (build.gradle.kts)


val ktlint by configurations.creating

dependencies {
    ktlint("com.pinterest:ktlint:0.46.1") {
        attributes {
            attribute(Bundling.BUNDLING_ATTRIBUTE, objects.named(Bundling.EXTERNAL))
    // ktlint(project(":custom-ktlint-ruleset")) // in case of custom ruleset

val outputDir = "${project.buildDir}/reports/ktlint/"
val inputFiles = project.fileTree(mapOf("dir" to "src", "include" to "**/*.kt"))

val ktlintCheck by tasks.creating(JavaExec::class) {

    description = "Check Kotlin code style."
    classpath = ktlint
    args = listOf("src/**/*.kt")

val ktlintFormat by tasks.creating(JavaExec::class) {

    description = "Fix Kotlin code style deviations."
    classpath = ktlint
    args = listOf("-F", "src/**/*.kt")

... with IntelliJ IDEA

It is recommended to align the settings of IntelliJ IDEA's built-in formatter with ktlint. This reduces the chance that code which is formatted by ktlint conflicts with formatting by the IntelliJ IDEA built-in formatter.

Choose any of options below to align the formatting settings of IntelliJ IDEA.

Update code style of single project via ktlint (recommended)

Use ktlint to change the code style of a single project with any of the commands below.

# Run command below from root directory of project
ktlint applyToIDEAProject

Or if you want to use android specific code style:

# Run command below from root directory of project
ktlint --android applyToIDEAProject
Update global code style for all projects via ktlint

Use ktlint to change the code style of all projects with any of the commands below.

ktlint applyToIDEA

Or if you want to use android specific code style:

ktlint --android applyToIDEA
Manually update .editorconfig

Create or update the code style config with .editorconfig by setting properties below:

ij_kotlin_code_style_defaults = KOTLIN_OFFICIAL

ij_kotlin_line_comment_at_first_column = false
ij_kotlin_line_comment_add_space = true

# These options can keep to use single name import
ij_kotlin_name_count_to_use_star_import = 2147483647
ij_kotlin_name_count_to_use_star_import_for_members = 2147483647

ij_kotlin_keep_blank_lines_in_declarations = 1
ij_kotlin_keep_blank_lines_in_code = 1
ij_kotlin_keep_blank_lines_before_right_brace = 0

# optional but recommended
ij_kotlin_align_multiline_parameters = false

# optional but recommended
ij_continuation_indent_size = 4

# Android specific rules
ij_kotlin_import_nested_classes = false
ij_kotlin_imports_layout = *,^
Manually update the IntelliJ IDEA preferences

Go to File -> Settings... -> Editor

  • General -> Auto Import
    • check Kotlin / Optimize imports on the fly (for current project).
  • Code Style -> Kotlin
    • Set from... on the right -> (Predefined style) -> Kotlin style guide (Kotlin plugin 1.2.20+).
    • open Code Generation tab
    • uncheck Line comment at first column;
    • select Add a space at comment start.
    • open Imports tab
    • select Use single name import (all of them);
    • remove import java.util.* from Packages to Use Import with '*'.
    • open Blank Lines tab
    • change Keep Maximum Blank Lines / In declarations & In code to 1 and Before '}' to 0.
    • (optional but recommended) open Wrapping and Braces tab
    • uncheck Function declaration parameters (OR Methods declartion parameters for older version) / Align when multiline.
    • (optional but recommended) open Tabs and Indents tab
    • change Continuation indent to the same value as Indent (4 by default).
  • Inspections
    • change Severity level of Unused import directive and Redundant semicolon under Kotlin -> Redundant constructs to ERROR.

... with GNU Emacs

See whirm/flycheck-kotlin.

... with Vim

See w0rp/ale.

Integrated with something else? Send a PR.

... with Continuous Integration

See Mega-Linter: 70+ linters aggregated in a single tool for CI, including ktlint activated out of the box

Creating a ruleset

See also Writing your first ktlint rule by Niklas Baudy.

In a nutshell: "ruleset" is a JAR containing one or more [Rule](ktlint-core/src/main/kotlin/com/pinterest/ktlint/core/Rule.kt)s gathered together in a [RuleSet](ktlint-core/src/main/kotlin/com/pinterest/ktlint/core/RuleSet.kt). ktlint is relying on ServiceLoader to discover all available "RuleSet"s on the classpath (as a ruleset author, all you need to do is to include a META-INF/services/com.pinterest.ktlint.core.RuleSetProvider file containing a fully qualified name of your [RuleSetProvider](ktlint-core/src/main/kotlin/com/pinterest/ktlint/core/RuleSetProvider.kt) implementation).

Once packaged in a JAR e.g. via ./gradlew build you can load it with

# enable additional 3rd party ruleset by pointing ktlint to its location on the file system
$ ktlint -R /path/to/custom/rulseset.jar "src/test/**/*.kt"

Loading custom (3rd party) ruleset via built-in maven dependency resolver is deprecated, see https://github.com/pinterest/ktlint/issues/451.

A complete sample project (with tests and build files) is included in this repo under the [ktlint-ruleset-template](ktlint-ruleset-template) directory (make sure to check [NoVarRuleTest](ktlint-ruleset-template/src/test/kotlin/yourpkgname/NoVarRuleTest.kt) as it contains some useful information).


While writing/debugging [Rule](ktlint-core/src/main/kotlin/com/pinterest/ktlint/core/Rule.kt)s it's often helpful to have an AST printed out to see the structure rules have to work with. ktlint >= 0.15.0 has a printAST subcommand (or --print-ast flag for ktlint < 0.34.0) specifically for this purpose (usage: ktlint --color printAST <file>). An example of the output is shown below.

$ printf "fun main() {}" | ktlint --color printAST --stdin

1: ~.psi.KtFile (~.psi.stubs.elements.KtFileElementType.kotlin.FILE)
1:   ~.psi.KtPackageDirective (~.psi.stubs.elements.KtPlaceHolderStubElementType.PACKAGE_DIRECTIVE) ""
1:   ~.psi.KtImportList (~.psi.stubs.elements.KtPlaceHolderStubElementType.IMPORT_LIST) ""
1:   ~.psi.KtScript (~.psi.stubs.elements.KtScriptElementType.SCRIPT)
1:     ~.psi.KtBlockExpression (~.KtNodeType.BLOCK)
1:       ~.psi.KtNamedFunction (~.psi.stubs.elements.KtFunctionElementType.FUN)
1:         ~.c.i.p.impl.source.tree.LeafPsiElement (~.lexer.KtKeywordToken.fun) "fun"
1:         ~.c.i.p.impl.source.tree.PsiWhiteSpaceImpl (~.c.i.p.tree.IElementType.WHITE_SPACE) " "
1:         ~.c.i.p.impl.source.tree.LeafPsiElement (~.lexer.KtToken.IDENTIFIER) "main"
1:         ~.psi.KtParameterList 
1:           ~.c.i.p.impl.source.tree.LeafPsiElement (~.lexer.KtSingleValueToken.LPAR) "("
1:           ~.c.i.p.impl.source.tree.LeafPsiElement (~.lexer.KtSingleValueToken.RPAR) ")"
1:         ~.c.i.p.impl.source.tree.PsiWhiteSpaceImpl (~.c.i.p.tree.IElementType.WHITE_SPACE) " "
1:         ~.psi.KtBlockExpression (~.KtNodeType.BLOCK)
1:           ~.c.i.p.impl.source.tree.LeafPsiElement (~.lexer.KtSingleValueToken.LBRACE) "{"
1:           ~.c.i.p.impl.source.tree.LeafPsiElement (~.lexer.KtSingleValueToken.RBRACE) "}"

   format: <line_number:> <node.psi::class> (<node.elementType>) "<node.text>"
   legend: ~ = org.jetbrains.kotlin, c.i.p = com.intellij.psi

Creating a reporter

Take a look at [ktlint-reporter-plain](ktlint-reporter-plain).

In short, all you need to do is to implement a [Reporter](ktlint-core/src/main/kotlin/com/pinterest/ktlint/core/Reporter.kt) and make it available by registering a custom [ReporterProvider](ktlint-core/src/main/kotlin/com/pinterest/ktlint/core/ReporterProvider.kt) using META-INF/services/com.pinterest.ktlint.core.ReporterProvider. Pack all of that into a JAR and you're done.

To load a custom (3rd party) reporter use ktlint --reporter=name,artifact=/path/to/custom-ktlint-reporter.jar (see ktlint --help for more).

Loading custom (3rd party) reporter via built-in maven dependency resolver is deprecated, see https://github.com/pinterest/ktlint/issues/451.






Why should I use ktlint?


Spending time on configuration (& maintenance down the road) of hundred-line long style config file(s) is counter-productive. Instead of wasting your energy on something that has no business value - focus on what really matters (not debating whether to use tabs or spaces).

By using ktlint you put the importance of code clarity and community conventions over personal preferences. This makes things easier for people reading your code as well as frees you from having to document & explain what style potential contributor(s) have to follow.

ktlint is a single binary with both linter & formatter included. All you need is to drop it in (no need to get overwhelmed while choosing among dozens of code style options).

Can I have my own rules on top of ktlint?

Absolutely, "no configuration" doesn't mean "no extensibility". You can add your own ruleset(s) to discover potential bugs, check for anti-patterns, etc.

See Creating A Ruleset.

How do I suppress an errors for a line/block/file?

This is meant primarily as an escape latch for the rare cases when ktlint is not able to produce the correct result (please report any such instances using GitHub Issues).

To disable a specific rule you'll need the rule identifier which is displayed at the end of the lint error. Note that when the rule id is prefixed with a rule set id like experimental, you will need to use that fully qualified rule id.

An error can be suppressed using:

  • EOL comments
  • Block comments
  • @Suppress annotations

From a consistency perspective seen, it might be best to not mix the (EOL/Block) comment style with the annotation style in the same project.

Important notice: some rules like the indent rule do not yet support disabling of the rule per line of block.

Disabling for one specific line using EOL comment

An error for a specific rule on a specific line can be disabled with an EOL comment on that line:

import package.* // ktlint-disable no-wildcard-imports

In case lint errors for different rules on the same line need to be ignored, then specify multiple rule ids (separated by a space):

import package.* // ktlint-disable no-wildcard-imports other-rule-id

In case all lint errors on a line need to be ignored, then do not specify the rule id at all:

import package.* // ktlint-disable

Disabling for a block of lines using Block comments

An error for a specific rule in a block of lines can be disabled with an block comment like:

/* ktlint-disable no-wildcard-imports */
import package.a.*
import package.b.*
/* ktlint-enable no-wildcard-imports */

In case lint errors for different rules in the same block of lines need to be ignored, then specify multiple rule ids (separated by a space):

/* ktlint-disable no-wildcard-imports other-rule-id */
import package.a.*
import package.b.*
/* ktlint-enable no-wildcard-imports,other-rule-id */

Note that the ktlint-enable directive needs to specify the exact same rule-id's and in the same order as the ktlint-disable directive.

In case all lint errors in a block of lines needs to be ignored, then do not specify the rule id at all:

/* ktlint-disable */
import package.a.*
import package.b.*
/* ktlint-enable */

Disabling for a statement using @Suppress

As of ktlint version 0.46, it is possible to specify any ktlint rule id via the @Suppress annotation in order to suppress errors found by that rule. Note that some rules like indent still do not support disabling for parts of a file.

An error for a specific rule on a specific line can be disabled with a @Suppress annotation:

val foo = listOf(
    "some really looooooooooooooooong string exceeding the max line length",

Note that when using @Suppress each qualified rule id needs to be prefixed with ktlint:.

To suppress the violations of all ktlint rules, use:

val foo = "some really looooooooooooooooong string exceeding the max line length"

Like with other @Suppress annotations, it can be placed on targets supported by the annotation. As of this it is possible to disable rules in the entire file with:

@file:Suppress("ktlint") // Suppressing all rules for the entire file
// or
@file:Suppress("ktlint:max-line-length","ktlint:experimental:trailing-comma") // Suppressing specific rules for the entire file

How do I globally disable a rule?

See the EditorConfig section for details on how to use the disabled_rules property.

You may also pass a list of disabled rules via the --disabled_rules command line flag. It has the same syntax as the EditorConfig property.


Make sure to read [CONTRIBUTING.md](CONTRIBUTING.md).

git clone https://github.com/pinterest/ktlint && cd ktlint
./gradlew tasks # shows how to build, test, run, etc. project

To open ktlint in Intellij IDEA:
File -> Open... (you may need to right-click on pom.xml (in the project dir) and then Maven -> Reimport).
You'll also need to set "Project SDK" to 1.8, "Project language level" to 8 in "Project Settings" (File -> Project Structure...).
To run ktlint - right-click on ktlint/src/main/kotlin/com/pinterest/ktlint/Main.kt -> Run.

Access to the latest master snapshot

Whenever a commit is added to the master branch a snapshot build is automatically uploaded to Sonatype's snapshots repository. If you are eager to try upcoming changes (that might or might not be included in the next stable release) you can do so by changing version of ktlint to <latest-version>-SNAPSHOT + adding a repo:

repositories {
  maven {
    url "https://oss.sonatype.org/content/repositories/snapshots"
Kotlin development version snapshot

Additionally, project publishes snapshots build against latest kotlin development version. To use them, change version of ktlint to <latest-version>-kotlin-dev-SNAPSHOT.


This project is not affiliated with nor endorsed by JetBrains.
All code, unless specified otherwise, is licensed under the MIT license.
Copyright (c) 2019 Pinterest, Inc.
Copyright (c) 2016-2019 Stanley Shyiko.

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