The uncompromising code formatter

By using Black, you agree to cede control over minutiae of hand-formatting. In return, Black gives you speed, determinism, and freedom from pycodestyle nagging about formatting. You will save time and mental energy for more important matters.

Black makes code review faster by producing the smallest diffs possible. Blackened code looks the same regardless of the project you’re reading. Formatting becomes transparent after a while and you can focus on the content instead.

Try it out now using the Black Playground.

Note - this is a beta product

Black is already successfully used by many projects, small and big. Black has a comprehensive test suite, with efficient parallel tests, our own auto formatting and parallel Continuous Integration runner. However, Black is still beta. Things will probably be wonky for a while. This is made explicit by the “Beta” trove classifier, as well as by the “b” in the versio number. What this means for you is that until the formatter becomes stable, you should expect some formatting to change in the future. That being said, no drastic stylistic changes are planned, mostly responses to bug reports.

Also, as a safety measure which slows down processing, Black will check that the reformatted code still produces a valid AST that is effectively equivalent to the original (see the Pragmatism section for details). If you’re feeling confident, use --fast.


Dusty Phillips, writer:

Black is opinionated so you don’t have to be.

Hynek Schlawack, creator of attrs, core developer of Twisted and CPython:

An auto-formatter that doesn’t suck is all I want for Xmas!

Carl Meyer, Django core developer:

At least the name is good.

Kenneth Reitz, creator of requests and pipenv:

This vastly improves the formatting of our code. Thanks a ton!

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