Format Python Code in Visual Studio Code (VS Code)


There are multiple ways in which you can format code in Visual Studio Code IDE (also known as VS Code),

Option 1: Using Keyboard Shortcut

For Windows:

Keyboard Shortcut: Shift + Alt + F

For Mac (macOS):

Keyboard Shortcut: ⌥ Shift + Option + F

For Linux:

Keyboard Shortcut: ⌥ Shift + Option + I

Note the first time you use the formatting shortcut you will get a VS Code Alert saying "Formatter autopep8 is not installed. Install?" do say YES or you can install it using pip command manually.

Formatter autopep8 is not installed message VS Code
/opt/homebrew/bin/python3 -m pip install -U autopep8
Collecting autopep8
  Downloading autopep8-1.7.0-py2.py3-none-any.whl (45 kB)
     ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ 45.6/45.6 kB 1.1 MB/s eta 0:00:00
Collecting pycodestyle>=2.9.1
  Downloading pycodestyle-2.9.1-py2.py3-none-any.whl (41 kB)
     ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ 41.5/41.5 kB 2.3 MB/s eta 0:00:00
Collecting toml
  Downloading toml-0.10.2-py2.py3-none-any.whl (16 kB)
Installing collected packages: toml, pycodestyle, autopep8
Successfully installed autopep8-1.7.0 pycodestyle-2.9.1 toml-0.10.2


Option 2: Using Mouse:

Be on your Python code file and do a right-click and select: Format Document


VS Code Fromat Python Code or Section

You can also select a section of your code and format it by selecting "Format Section"

Option 3: Using Palette Command:

Another way is to use the Palette Command,

Open Palette,

For Windows: Control + Shift + P

For Mac: Command + Shift + P

Now search for Format Document and select to format.


Do share in the comments if you know of any other ways or tricks to format Python code in VS Code!

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