PerlTidy is a tool written in the Perl programming language to do static code analysis against code written in that same language. It uses either command-line switches or configuration files to reformat Perl scripts so they comply with specified coding rules. The default configuration is an approximation of the Perl Style Guide.[1]

Original author(s)Steve Hancock
Initial release2003; 18 years ago (2003)
Stable release
20160302 / March 2, 2016; 5 years ago (2016-03-02)
Written inPerl
Operating systemCross-platform
Available inEnglish
TypeStatic code analysis
LicenseGNU General Public License

Aside from the command line, there are a number of tools for alternate interfaces for PerlTidy, including one for the Padre IDE,[2] perltidy.el for Emacs.[3] and an online version[4]

Since its introduction, PerlTidy has become an oft-recommend tool for Perl programmers, noted in a number of key books. Notably, the work Perl Best Practices provides a set of PerlTidy configurations[5] to match the syntax prescriptions in that book.


  1. ^ Perl Style Guide
  2. ^ "Padre::Plugin::PerlTidy Plugin for Padre". Archived from the original on 2012-04-24. Retrieved 2011-11-01.
  3. ^ "PerlTidy for Emacs". Archived from the original on 2018-03-04. Retrieved 2011-11-01.
  4. ^ Perltidy Online
  5. ^ "PerlTidy configurations from Perl Best Practices". Archived from the original on 2018-03-04. Retrieved 2011-11-01.

External linksEdit

  • Page 35 of Conway, Damian (July 2005). Perl Best Practices (1 ed.). O'Reilly Media. ISBN 978-0-596-00173-5.