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You might not need separate config for prettier and eslint


Recently Andy Jiang from Deno posted this wonderful article Node.js's Config Hell Problem
highlighting the config hell in a project that uses Node.js and this makes a wonderful case for using Deno over Node.js in this particular case.
In this blog series I will be exploring some ways to reduce config hell. Let's start with the first part of this series.

You might not need separate config for prettier and eslint

If you use eslint and prettier together you might be familiar with conflicting styling rules of eslint and prettier, and would've preferred to only using eslint for linting and prettier for formatting, and end up creating 2 files like .prettierrc and .eslintrc and let me show you, you only need one.

Linting and formatting are often clubbed together and it makes sense to have one config that handles both. By using eslint plugins we can achieve that.

Using eslint plugins

We'll be using these 2 plugins

  • eslint-config-prettier
  • eslint-plugin-prettier

By using these we eliminate the need prettier installed as dev dependency, if you want to add prettier as a eslint rule (which this blog does).

Install these two plugins with the following command

# for npm
npm install -D eslint-config-prettier eslint-plugin-prettier

# for yarn
yarn add -D eslint-config-prettier eslint-plugin-prettier

# for pnpm
pnpm add -D eslint-config-prettier eslint-plugin-prettier
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After adding the dependency let's modify our eslint config. I am using .eslintrc.json, if you're using other formats you can change the syntax according to that.

In the eslint config add plugin:prettier/recommend in the extends field and add prettier in plugins field

// .eslintrc.json
  "extends": [<your configs>, "plugin:prettier/recommended"],
  "plugins": [<your plugins>, "prettier"]
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Now let's add our rules

// .eslintrc.json
  "rules": {
    "prettier/prettier": [
        "useTabs": true,
        "singleQuote": true,
        "semi": true
      "indent": ["error", "tab"],
      "quotes": ["error", "single"],
      "semi": ["error", "always"]
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In the config file mentioned above we're using the prettier config options such as useTabs, singleQuote and semi inside the eslint rule.
This config allows us to format the documents using prettier and with our desired config when we run eslint --fix .

This method saves us having 2 different files for linter and formatter, I'll be exploring more ways and them in this series. As always do let me know your suggestions.


Integrating with linters - Prettier Docs

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