Prettify JSON in Notepad++

Prettify JSON in Notepad++

To format/prettify a JSON file offline in Notepad++ text editor, you need to install a plugin called as JSTOOL, follow the below steps to get the plugin.

Installing Json Formatting Plugin in Notepad++

  1. Goto Menu → Plugins → Plugin Admin...
  2. Look for JSTOOL.
  3. Check the checkbox and click Install.
  4. Click OK and Notepad++ should restart.

Once the plugin is installed, open the JSON file in a tab, goto Plugins → JSTOOL → JSFORMAT to format/pretty print.

JSON before Prettify

{"details": {"name": "John L","age": "24",
"location": "Sweden"

JSON after Prettify

    "details": {
        "name": "John L",
        "age": "24",
        "location": "Sweden"

⛏️ You can also use Keyboard shortcut: Ctrl + Alt + M to format.


  • this is what I was looking for.... thank you!
    anon 23 Aug 2020 05:04:14 GMT
  • Thank you very very much for this article, short and sweet, I was looking for ways to format a JSON file locally on my system using Notepad and this works well.
    mkiki 22 Aug 2020 10:08:25 GMT
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