Ignoring Specific Elements in VS Code Beautify

Created December 30, 2021

The Beautify VSCode plug-in is amazing for formatting and cleaning code. With a quick call to the plugin-in we can transform nasty looking HTML into a beautifully structured format 💅


The only thing that I hate is when it breaks up specific elements like svgs into separate lines or when it breaks my HTML into separate lines for each attribute. Before I show you my configurations for this plug-in, I'll first show you where to download it 👇

Download The Plugin

You can simply download the plug-in by visiting https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=HookyQR.beautify or you can always search for Beautify inside of your VS code extensions page.


After installing the plug-in we can now make our desired modifications to the config.

Ignore Specific Elements

Next, I want the plug-in to ignore any svg elements inside of my HTML. To do this, I can open up my VS Code settings.json and add the following json text:

"beautify.config": {
    "html": {
        "unformatted": [ "svg" ]

Make sure to add any other elements you would like the formatter to ignore.

With this change added my SVG's will no longer be formatted like this:

    <svg class="w-12 h-12" viewBox="0 0 512 512" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg">
        <path d="MX.XX ..." />
        <path d="MX.XX ..." />
        <path d="MX.XX ..." />

It will leave it untouched and in the same line:

    <svg class="w-12 h-12" viewBox="0 0 512 512" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg"><path d="MX.XX ..." /><path d="MX.XX ..." /><path d="MX.XX ..." /></svg>

Much... Much Prettier 😉

Don't break my attributes

Lastly, I hate it when the plug-in breaks my attributes into it's own line like this:

    class="px-5 py-3 text-sm font-medium rounded bg-white text-indigo-700 inline-block"

Bleh 😝, it looks so ugly. We can easily update that by adding the following to our settings.json file:

"html.format.wrapLineLength": 0,

And now it won't wrap attributes into it's own line (unless I specify it manually).

<a href="#_" class="px-5 py-3 text-sm font-medium rounded bg-white text-indigo-700 inline-block">Button</a>

So much better 👍


You can specify how you want your HTML to be formatted. It might come down to a matter of preference; however, keeping a standard set of rules is usually a good idea.

FYI, I actually wrote this post so that way I could reference it later if I ever need to make this change again 😄

Happy formatting and happy coding ✌️