Some coders are very organized. Their code always looks elegant and clean and it is very easy to read. Some coders are not like this and their code can look quite messy. This can make it difficult for other people to read this coder’s work, which is why a web formatter tool can be quite handy! This tool can automatically add tabbed indents to lines of code to make them better for human consumption.
Web formatter tool: What does it do?
This tool does three things. First, it analyzes the code you give it and determines what kind of code it is. Then, it adds tabs to the various lines to make it more pleasant for humans to read. Finally, it gives you a few export tools to then grab this better-looking code so you can save it, share it, or archive it.
If you’re concerned about privacy and security, don’t be. Our tool performs all of its functions locally within your browser. Your code never gets uploaded to a server and nothing is saved on any system other than your own.
Why would you need to use this web formatter?
Fundamentally, a computer doesn’t care how your code looks. As long as the code is written accurately, the computer is going to ignore tabs, spaces, and other white spaces (unless, of course, you’re writing in a code that uses that space, such as Python).
However, a human reading your code is going to appreciate indents to help separate out the lines and make it easier to read. This web formatter tool is perfect for coders who have a file that doesn’t have indentations, as the tool can add desired indentations quickly and automatically. This tool is also helpful if you’re trying to fix up some code you found online or got from someone else who wasn’t nice enough to fix it up for you.
How to use this web formatter tool?
The first step for this tool is to give it some code. You can do this in one of four ways. You can hit the BROWSE button to upload a file from your computer. Alternatively, you could drag and drop a file onto the code field or just paste some code you previously copied. Finally, you could also hit the LOAD URL button to select a web page to upload. However, for that to work, the page in question needs to support cross-origin requests.
When your code is ready, hit the FORMAT button. This will add tabbed indents to the appropriate lines. If you want your indents to be more or less than the default amount (which is 4), you can change this number in the TAB SIZE field. Change this number and then hit FORMAT again to see what a difference this makes.
Once your code looks formatted to your liking, it’s time to export it. You can do this one of three ways. You can simply select all the text in the code field and then copy and paste it somewhere. A faster method would be to hit the COPY button which puts the whole code field onto your clipboard. A third method would be to hit the DOWNLOAD button, which downloads a file with your newly formatted code.
Ready to use the web formatter again? Simply hit the CLEAR button and start the process over.