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How can I change Arduino IDE preferences for formatting? I found the preferences file: <user>/.arduino15/preferences.txt, but there are no lines that control IDE formatting. In Windows there is a special file for formatting: <ArduinoIDE_folder>/lib/formatter.conf.

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  • same place <ArduinoIDE_folder>/lib/formatter.conf
    – Juraj
    Mar 29, 2018 at 15:13
  • @Juraj , as <ArduinoIDE_folder> do u mean <user>/.arduino15?
    – koshachok
    Mar 29, 2018 at 15:25
  • no, .arduino15 is on Windows C:\Users\User\AppData\Local\Arduino15. I installed Arduino IDE on linux into /home/user/arduino-1.8.5
    – Juraj
    Mar 29, 2018 at 15:43
  • I have my custom formatter.conf in /home/<user>/.arduino15
    – Jot
    Mar 29, 2018 at 15:56

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It happened, that my formatter.conf was in /usr/share/arduino/lib/. So I copied it to /home/<user>/.arduino15/ folder and made changes that I needed. And also:

Copy it in the same folder of file "preferences.txt" and modify the copy. This way, you won't lose your custom formatter settings when upgrading the IDE.

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  • That is correct. However, when upgrading, I often the remove the .arduino15 folder as well to make a fresh start. Recently I had to remove the .arduino15 folder without upgrading to a new version. The arduino ide was sometimes slow and had troubles when installing new libraries.
    – Jot
    Mar 29, 2018 at 19:43

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