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An anti-bikeshedding Kotlin linter with built-in formatter


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

Features: - 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 (+ we support additional 3rd party rulesets). - Built-in formatter. So that you wouldn’t have to fix all style violations by hand. - A single executable jar with all dependencies included.

Standard rules | Installation | Usage | Integration with Maven / Gradle / IntelliJ IDEA | Creating a ruleset | FAQ

Standard rules

  • 4 spaces for indentation.
  • No semicolons (unless used to separate multiple statements on the same line).
  • No wildcard / unused imports.
  • No consecutive blank lines.
  • No trailing whitespaces.
  • Consistent spacing after keywords, commas; around colons, curly braces, infix operators, etc.

More coming.


Skip all the way to the “Integration” section if you don’t plan to use ktlint’s command line interface.

curl -sL https://github.com/shyiko/ktlint/releases/download/0.2.2/ktlint > ktlint &&
  chmod a+x ktlint

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.

… or just download ktlint from the “release(s)” page.

On Mac OS X (or Linux) one can also use brew - brew install shyiko/ktlint/ktlint.


# check the style of all Kotlin files inside the current dir (recursively)
# (hidden folders will be skipped)
$ ktlint
  src/main/kotlin/Main.kt:10:10: Unused import
# check only certain locations (prepend ! to negate the pattern) 
$ ktlint "src/**/*.kt" "!src/**/*Test.kt"

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

# 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"

# you can also use <groupId>:<artifactId>:<version> triple in which case artifact is
# downloaded from Maven Central, JCenter or JitPack (depending on where it's located and 
# whether or not it's already present in local Maven cache)
$ ktlint -R com.github.username:rulseset:master-SNAPSHOT

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

ktlint --help for more.


… with [Maven]()


            <target name="ktlint">
                <java taskname="ktlint" dir="${basedir}" fork="true" failonerror="true"
                    classname="com.github.shyiko.ktlint.Main" classpathref="maven.plugin.classpath">
                    <arg value="src/**/*.kt"/>
            <target name="ktlint">
                <java taskname="ktlint" dir="${basedir}" fork="true" failonerror="true"
                    classname="com.github.shyiko.ktlint.Main" classpathref="maven.plugin.classpath">
                    <arg value="-F"/>
                    <arg value="src/**/*.kt"/>
        <!-- additional 3rd party ruleset(s) can be specified here -->

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

… with [Gradle]()


repositories {

configurations {

dependencies {
    ktlint 'com.github.shyiko:ktlint:0.2.2'
    // additional 3rd party ruleset(s) can be specified here
    // just add them to the classpath (ktlint 'groupId:artifactId:version') and 
    // ktlint will pick them up

task ktlint(type: JavaExec) {
    main = "com.github.shyiko.ktlint.Main"
    classpath = configurations.ktlint
    args "src/**/*.kt"

check.dependsOn ktlint

task ktlintFormat(type: JavaExec) {
    main = "com.github.shyiko.ktlint.Main"
    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.

… with IntelliJ IDEA

Go to File -> Settings... -> Editor - Code Style -> Manage... -> Import -> Intellij IDEA code style XML, select integration/intellij-idea/configs/codestyles/ktlint.xml. - Inspections -> Manage -> Import, select integration/intellij-idea/configs/inspection/ktlint.xml.

Integrated with something else? Send a PR.

Creating a ruleset

In a nutshell: “ruleset” is a JAR containing one or more Rules gathered together in a RuleSet. 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.github.shyiko.ktlint.core.RuleSetProvider file containing a fully qualified name of your RuleSetProvider implementation).

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


How do I suppress an error?

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 to turn on the verbose mode (ktlint --verbose ...). At the end of each line you’ll see an error code. Use it as an argument for ktlint-disable directive (shown below).

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

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

To disable all checks:

import package.* // ktlint-disable


git clone https://github.com/shyiko/ktlint && cd ktlint
./mvnw # shows how to build, test, etc. project


This project is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Jetbrains.
All code, unless specified otherwise, is licensed under the MIT license.
Copyright © 2016 Stanley Shyiko.

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