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    This is a plugin for Prettier, the opinionated code formatter, for GLSL, the shading language used in WebGL and other places. It uses a custom parser based on Chevrotain and does not require any external dependencies.

    NB: this is still in active development, breaking/formatting changes may be included in any version.


    This plugin tries to match the formatting rules for JavaScript as closely as possible. Issues or PRs which make the formatting closer to JavaScript are welcome.

    Formatting of macros

    This plugin will attempt to parse #define macros as top-level declarations, statements or expressions. If successful, these will be formatted as usual.

    For example, #define MAX3(genType) genType max3(genType a, genType b, genType c) { /* comment */ return max(max(a, b), c); } will be formatted as:

    #define MAX3(genType)                                      \
      genType max3(genType a, genType b, genType c) {          \
        /* comment */                                          \
        return max(max(a, b), c);                              \

    Formatting of comments

    Comments which start with /** will be passed to the markdown formatter.

    For an example, see ./builtins.glsl.


    npm install --save-dev prettier-plugin-glsl

    Prettier will automatically pick up the plugin. The following extensions will be recognized as GLSL files by default.

    .fp .frag .frg .fs .fsh .fshader .geo .geom .glsl .glslf .glslv .gs .gshader .rchit .rmiss .shader .tesc .tese .vert .vrx .vsh .vshader

    Note that .frag files are recognized as JavaScript files by default. Add the following to your Prettier configuration to format them as GLSL.

    "overrides": [{"files": ["*.frag"], "options": {"parser": "glsl-parser"}}]

    Limitations due to preprocessor

    As GLSL includes a C++-style preprocessor, this presents some difficulties when formatting. For example, the plugin does not attempt to be able to format crazy (but technically valid) constructs such as:

    #define LBRACE {
    void main() LBRACE

    Instead, the plugin effectively treats preprocessor directives such as #define as their own statements. This covers most cases, for example, the following works fine:

    #define AA 2
    #define ZERO (min(iFrame, 0))
    void main() {
      // ...
      #if AA > 1
      for (int m = ZERO; m < AA; m++)
      for (int n = ZERO; n < AA; n++) {
        // pixel coordinates
        vec2 o = vec2(float(m), float(n)) / float(AA) - 0.5;
        vec2 p = (2.0 * (fragCoord + o) - iResolution.xy) / iResolution.y;
        vec2 p = (2.0 * fragCoord - iResolution.xy) / iResolution.y;
        // use p
        #if AA > 1
      tot /= float(AA * AA);

    However, the following does not, as the #else and #endif are treated as the bodies of the if-statement, which leads to the else following a {} block instead of an if block, which is invalid.

    #if FOO
    if (a())
    if (b())
    { }
    { }

    In general this approach works well. Of the top 100 Shadertoy shaders, 145/152 compilation units (95%) can be formatted without any changes.

    • 1 has actually invalid code. (It doesn't cause compilation errors as it is excluded via #if/#endif.)
    • 1 uses a not self-contained function macro. (It requires a specific token before its call.)
    • 4 mix #if/#else/#endif and if/else which leads to issues as above.
    • 1 uses complicated macro constructions to compose music.


    npm i prettier-plugin-glsl

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