Android Formatting in Eclipse

Expect your first code review to be tough. It’s going to take time to train yourself to write code that other will understand easily. To ease this process we recommend configuring eclipse to format your code to the correct standards. This helps both you and reviewer by eliminating potential formatting problems.

  1. Download the android-formatting.xml file
  2. Open Eclipse and go to Window->Preferences->Java->Code Style->Formatter
  3. Import the android-formatting.xml file and make sure “Android” is selected in the drop down list
  4. In eclipse go to Window->Preferences->General->Editors->Text Editors
  5. Check “Insert spaces for tabs” and make sure that “Displayed tab width” is 4
  6. Check “Show print margin” and make sure that “Print margin Columns” is 100
  7. Check “Show Whitespace characters”
  8. In eclipse go to Window->Preferences->Java->Editor->Save Actions
  9. Check “Perform the selected actions on save”
  10. Check “Additional Actions” than hit configure
  11. Under the “Code Organizing” tab check “Remove trailing whitespace” for all lines and “Correct Indention”
  12. Under the “Code Style” tab remove all check marks
  13. Under the “Missing Code” tab check everything
  14. Now go to Window->Preferences->XML->XML Files->Editor
  15. Check “Split multiple attributes each on a new line”
  16. Check “indent using spaces” and make sure the value is set to 4

There you have it. Eclipse will now help you format your changes according the standards set at

About Frank Sposaro

Frank was the initial student to start the mobile lab with Dr. Tyson. After working on the first project, iFall, he and Dr. Tyson designed the Mobile Programming course as FSU. The course is used as a training base to recruit new students into the lab. His thesis researches several medical related applications, including iFall. Frank then went on to implement the redesign of the “favorite contacts” for Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich at Google HQ in Mountain View, California. He currently acts as a tech lead in the lab getting infrastructure and project management tools setup. He has special focus on native Android coding and UI design.