JavaScript Standard Style

One Style to Rule Them All

No decisions to make. No .eslintrc, .jshintrc, or .jscsrc files to manage. It just works.

This module saves you (and others!) time in two ways:

npm install standard

To get a better idea, take a look at a sample file written in JavaScript Standard Style, or check out some of the repositories that use standard.

Use this in one of your projects? Include one of these badges in your readme to let people know that your code is using the standard style.



The easiest way to use JavaScript Standard Style to check your code is to install it globally as a Node command line program. To do so, simply run the following command in your terminal (flag -g installs standard globally on your system, omit it if you want to install in the current working directory):

npm install standard -g

After you've done that you should be able to use the standard program. The simplest use case would be checking the style of all JavaScript files in the current working directory:

$ standard
Error: Use JavaScript Standard Style
  lib/torrent.js:950:11: Expected '===' and instead saw '=='.

You can optionally pass in a directory (or directories) using the glob pattern. Be sure to quote paths containing glob patterns so that they are expanded by standard instead of your shell:

$ standard "src/util/**/*.js" "test/**/*.js"

Note: by default standard will look for all files matching the patterns: **/*.js, **/*.jsx.

First, install standard. Then, install the appropriate plugin for your editor:

Sublime Text

Using Package Control, install SublimeLinter and SublimeLinter-contrib-standard.

For automatic formatting on save, install StandardFormat.


Install linter-js-standard.

For automatic formatting, install standard-formatter. For snippets, install standardjs-snippets.


Install Syntastic and add this line to .vimrc:

let g:syntastic_javascript_checkers = ['standard']

For automatic formatting on save, install standard-format

npm install -g standard-format

and add these two lines to .vimrc:

autocmd bufwritepost *.js silent !standard-format -w %
set autoread


Install Flycheck and check out the manual to learn how to enable it in your projects.


Search the extension registry for "Standard Code Style".

Visual Studio Code

Install vscode-standardjs.

For automatic formatting, install vscode-standard-format.


Both WebStorm and PhpStorm can be configured for Standard Style.

  1. Add it to package.json
  "name": "my-cool-package",
  "devDependencies": {
    "standard": "^3.0.0"
  "scripts": {
    "test": "standard && node my-tests.js"
  1. Check style automatically when you run npm test
$ npm test
Error: Use JavaScript Standard Style
  lib/torrent.js:950:11: Expected '===' and instead saw '=='.
  1. Never give style feedback on a pull request again!

The beauty of JavaScript Standard Style is that it's simple. No one wants to maintain multiple hundred-line style configuration files for every module/project they work on. Enough of this madness!

This module saves you time in two ways:

Adopting standard style means ranking the importance of code clarity and community conventions higher than personal style. This might not make sense for 100% of projects and development cultures, however open source can be a hostile place for newbies. Setting up clear, automated contributor expectations makes a project healthier.

No. The whole point of standard is to avoid bikeshedding about style. There are lots of debates online about tabs vs. spaces, etc. that will never be resolved. These debates just distract from getting stuff done. At the end of the day you have to 'just pick something', and that's the whole philosophy of standard -- its a bunch of sensible 'just pick something' opinions. Hopefully, users see the value in that over defending their own opinions.

Of course it's not! The style laid out here is not affiliated with any official web standards groups, which is why this repo is called feross/standard and not ECMA/standard.

The word "standard" has more meanings than just "web standard" :-) For example:

Yes! you can install Max Ogden's standard-format module with npm install -g standard-format.

standard-format filename.js will automatically fix most issues though some, like not handling errors in node-style callbacks, must be fixed manually.

The paths node_modules/**, *.min.js, bundle.js, coverage/**, hidden files/folders (beginning with .), and all patterns in a project's root .gitignore file are automatically ignored.

Sometimes you need to ignore additional folders or specific minified files. To do that, add a standard.ignore property to package.json:

  "ignore": [

In rare cases, you'll need to break a rule and hide the warning generated by standard.

JavaScript Standard Style uses eslint under-the-hood and you can hide warnings as you normally would if you used eslint directly.

To get verbose output (so you can find the particular rule name to ignore), run:

$ standard --verbose
Error: Use JavaScript Standard Style
  routes/error.js:20:36: 'file' was used before it was defined. (no-use-before-define)

Disable all rules on a specific line:

file = 'I know what I am doing' // eslint-disable-line 

Or, disable only the "no-use-before-define" rule:

file = 'I know what I am doing' // eslint-disable-line no-use-before-define 

Or, disable the "no-use-before-define" rule for multiple lines:

/*eslint-disable no-use-before-define */
// offending code here... 
// offending code here... 
// offending code here... 
/*eslint-enable no-use-before-define */

Some packages (e.g. mocha) put their functions (e.g. describe, it) on the global object (poor form!). Since these functions are not defined or required anywhere in your code, standard will warn that you're using a variable that is not defined (usually, this rule is really useful for catching typos!). But we want to disable it for these global variables.

To let standard (as well as humans reading your code) know that certain variables are global in your code, add this to the top of your file:

/* global myVar1, myVar2 */

If you have hundreds of files, adding comments to every file can be tedious. In these cases, you can add this to package.json:

  "standard": {
    "globals": [ "myVar1", "myVar2" ]

standard supports custom JS parsers. To use a custom parser, install it from npm (example: npm install babel-eslint) and add this to your package.json:

  "standard": {
    "parser": "babel-eslint"

If you're using standard globally (you installed it with -g), then you also need to install babel-eslint globally with npm install babel-eslint -g.

No. The point of standard is to save you time by picking reasonable rules so you can spend your time solving actual problems. If you really do want to configure hundreds of eslint rules individually, you can always use eslint directly.

If you just want to tweak a couple rules, consider using this shareable config and layering your changes on top.

Pro tip: Just use standard and move on. There are actual real problems that you could spend your time solving! :P

Add this to the top of your files:

/* eslint-env serviceworker */

This lets standard (as well as humans reading your code) know that self is a global in web worker code.

To support mocha in your test files, add this to the beginning of your test files:

/* eslint-env mocha */

Where mocha can be one of jasmine, qunit, phantomjs, and so on. To see a full list, check ESLint's specifying environments documentation. For a list of what globals are available for these environments, check the globals npm module.

Funny you should ask!

# Ensure all javascript files staged for commit pass standard code style 
git diff --name-only --cached --relative | grep '\.jsx\?$' | xargs standard
if [ $? -ne 0 ]; then exit 1; fi

Alternatively, overcommit is a Git hook manager that includes support for running standard as a Git pre-commit hook. To enable this, add the following to your .overcommit.yml file:

    enabled: true

The built-in output is simple and straightforward, but if you like shiny things, install snazzy:

npm install snazzy

And run:

$ standard --verbose | snazzy

There's also standard-tap, standard-json, standard-reporter, and standard-summary.

There are also many editor plugins, a list of npm packages that use standard, and an awesome list of packages in the standard ecosystem.

Lint the provided source text to enforce JavaScript Standard Style. An opts object may be provided:

var opts = {
  globals: [],  // global variables to declare 
  parser: ''    // custom js parser (e.g. babel-eslint) 

The callback will be called with an Error and results object:

var results = {
  results: [
      filePath: '',
      messages: [
        { ruleId: '', message: '', line: 0, column: 0 }
      errorCount: 0,
      warningCount: 0
  errorCount: 0,
  warningCount: 0

Lint the provided files globs. An opts object may be provided:

var opts = {
  globals: [],  // global variables to declare 
  parser: '',   // custom js parser (e.g. babel-eslint) 
  ignore: [],   // file globs to ignore (has sane defaults) 
  cwd: ''       // current working directory (default: process.cwd()) 

The callback will be called with an Error and results object (same as above).

Join us in #standard on freenode.

MIT. Copyright (c) Feross Aboukhadijeh.