Source code formatting¶
Code formatting is handled by
clang-format. A configuration
file is available in the repository root at
.clang-format and should be used
to automatically format the code. Many editors / IDEs support
and also format-on-save actions.
The ACTS CI system will automatically check code formatting using the provided
clang-format configuration and will notify incompatible formatting.
To simplify this, a script located in
CI/check_format can be used like:
$ CI/check_format $SOURCE_DIR
In some cases, different
clang-format versions will result in slightly
different outputs. In many cases, this is accepted by the CI. However, it is
recommended to use the same major version of
clang-format to perform local
formatting. If you are comfortable with Docker, you can use the docker image
used by the
You can use the script located in
CI/check_format_local similar to the
description above. Other options to obtain a compatible
are to use your package manager (e.g. Ubuntu distributions usually offer a set of
versions to install), or to use statically linked binaries from
You can also download the required changes by clicking on Summary on the top left-hand
portion of the CI job and scrolling down to the bottom of the page (see Changed).
However, it is suggested to run the
CI/check_format locally before committing, to not
clog the shared resources with repeated checks.
Formatting of the Python source code uses the library
black. To run it, you can locally install the
black package. You can use
pip to install it:
$ pip install black $ black <source>
It is strongly recommended to use a virtual environment for this purpose! For example, run
$ python -m venv venv $ source venv/bin/activate
and then install and use black. You can also use a tool like
pipx to simplify this.
This repository is external to the ACTS project, so proceed with caution!