I want to know if there is a option to set all the whitespaces in my source code.

The whitespaces in my CPP code do not look uniform. Sometimes I leave a space before and after the = sign, sometimes I dont. The same with loops etc.

Is there any parameter that makes the whitespaces, formatting, more "uniform"

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    is this a question about tex typesetting, or a question about settings in a C++ source code editor? You have tagged listings and minted, which are you using? Nov 4, 2022 at 12:46

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The listings and minted packages do not offer the functionality to reformat/prettify the code. However, a possible solution is to call an external formatter first and print the result. For C++ a formatter that handles spaces is clang-format, which is part of the Clang compiler suite.

From within LaTeX you can use the shellesc package for an easy cross-platform way of executing external programs. This package requires the shell-escape command line option, which is also needed for minted.

Example badly formatted C++ file:

#include <iostream>

int main(){
   int a= 3;
   int b =4;
   if( a==b){
      std::cout  << "no" <<std::endl;
      }else{ std::cout << "yes"<<std::endl;
return 0;

LaTeX code:


   \ShellEscape{clang-format #1 > #1.tmp}%

\section*{Original file}


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