Require or disallow padding lines between statements (padding-line-between-statements)

The --fix option on the command line can automatically fix some of the problems reported by this rule.

This rule requires or disallows blank lines between the given 2 kinds of statements. Properly blank lines help developers to understand the code.

For example, the following configuration requires a blank line between a variable declaration and a return statement.

/*eslint padding-line-between-statements: [
    "error",
    { blankLine: "always", prev: "var", next: "return" }
]*/

function foo() {
    var a = 1;

    return a;
}

Rule Details

This rule does nothing if no configuration.

A configuration is an object which has 3 properties; blankLine, prev and next. For example, { blankLine: "always", prev: "var", next: "return" } is meaning “it requires one or more blank lines between a variable declaration and a return statement.” You can supply any number of configurations. If an statement pair matches multiple configurations, the last matched configuration will be used.

{
    "padding-line-between-statements": [
        "error",
        { "blankLine": LINEBREAK_TYPE, "prev": STATEMENT_TYPE, "next": STATEMENT_TYPE },
        { "blankLine": LINEBREAK_TYPE, "prev": STATEMENT_TYPE, "next": STATEMENT_TYPE },
        { "blankLine": LINEBREAK_TYPE, "prev": STATEMENT_TYPE, "next": STATEMENT_TYPE },
        { "blankLine": LINEBREAK_TYPE, "prev": STATEMENT_TYPE, "next": STATEMENT_TYPE },
        ...
    ]
}

Examples

This configuration would require blank lines before all return statements, like the newline-before-return rule.

Examples of incorrect code for the [{ blankLine: "always", prev: "*", next: "return" }] configuration:

/*eslint padding-line-between-statements: [
    "error",
    { blankLine: "always", prev: "*", next: "return" }
]*/

function foo() {
    bar();
    return;
}

Examples of correct code for the [{ blankLine: "always", prev: "*", next: "return" }] configuration:

/*eslint padding-line-between-statements: [
    "error",
    { blankLine: "always", prev: "*", next: "return" }
]*/

function foo() {
    bar();

    return;
}

function foo() {
    return;
}

This configuration would require blank lines after every sequence of variable declarations, like the newline-after-var rule.

Examples of incorrect code for the [{ blankLine: "always", prev: ["const", "let", "var"], next: "*"}, { blankLine: "any", prev: ["const", "let", "var"], next: ["const", "let", "var"]}] configuration:

/*eslint padding-line-between-statements: [
    "error",
    { blankLine: "always", prev: ["const", "let", "var"], next: "*"},
    { blankLine: "any",    prev: ["const", "let", "var"], next: ["const", "let", "var"]}
]*/

function foo() {
    var a = 0;
    bar();
}

function foo() {
    let a = 0;
    bar();
}

function foo() {
    const a = 0;
    bar();
}

Examples of correct code for the [{ blankLine: "always", prev: ["const", "let", "var"], next: "*"}, { blankLine: "any", prev: ["const", "let", "var"], next: ["const", "let", "var"]}] configuration:

/*eslint padding-line-between-statements: [
    "error",
    { blankLine: "always", prev: ["const", "let", "var"], next: "*"},
    { blankLine: "any",    prev: ["const", "let", "var"], next: ["const", "let", "var"]}
]*/

function foo() {
    var a = 0;
    var b = 0;

    bar();
}

function foo() {
    let a = 0;
    const b = 0;

    bar();
}

function foo() {
    const a = 0;
    const b = 0;

    bar();
}

This configuration would require blank lines after all directive prologues, like the lines-around-directive rule.

Examples of incorrect code for the [{ blankLine: "always", prev: "directive", next: "*" }, { blankLine: "any", prev: "directive", next: "directive" }] configuration:

/*eslint padding-line-between-statements: [
    "error",
    { blankLine: "always", prev: "directive", next: "*" },
    { blankLine: "any",    prev: "directive", next: "directive" }
]*/

"use strict";
foo();

Examples of correct code for the [{ blankLine: "always", prev: "directive", next: "*" }, { blankLine: "any", prev: "directive", next: "directive" }] configuration:

/*eslint padding-line-between-statements: [
    "error",
    { blankLine: "always", prev: "directive", next: "*" },
    { blankLine: "any",    prev: "directive", next: "directive" }
]*/

"use strict";
"use asm";

foo();

Compatibility

When Not To Use It

If you don’t want to notify warnings about linebreaks, then it’s safe to disable this rule.

Version

This rule was introduced in ESLint 4.0.0-beta.0.

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