Atom text editor remove trailing whitespace on save

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Save Problem Overview

I use Sublime text. Now I am trying Atom. When I save any file in sublime text it does not include any trailing blank line. But saving any file in Atom leaves a trailing blank line. How do I force Atom not to leave trailing white spaces?

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Solution 1 - Save

Under your Atom Preferences go to Packages tab and search for whitespace. Click on the whitespace package and uncheck Ensure Single Trailing Newline option

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Solution 2 - Save

On global level this can be changed using settings in Whitespace package, but if you want to disable it for a specific language you have to use syntax-scoped properties in your config.cson.

'.text.html.php': # php overrides
    ensureSingleTrailingNewline: false
    removeTrailingWhitespace: false
'.source.ruby': # ruby overrides
    ensureSingleTrailingNewline: false
    removeTrailingWhitespace: false

To see the scope of language go to Packages tab and search for your language.

Click on the settings of the language package and you can see the scope:

Solution 3 - Save

Go to packages and find "whitespace", go to it's settings and uncheck the last checkbox.

Settings Settings screenshot

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Solution 4 - Save

To add to Dan Moldavan's answer.

I experienced this issue when working on a Rails Application.

I added a .editorconfig file with the following properties:


root = true

charset = utf-8
end_of_line = lf
indent_size = 2
indent_style = space
insert_final_newline = true
trim_trailing_whitespace = true

trim_trailing_whitespace = false

And I added a .gitattributes file with the following properties:

# Enforce Unix newlines
* text=auto eol=lf

And then my Atom Editor threw a problem:

> 1 problem affecting .gitattributes

> whitespace: It is possible that the "whitespace"-package prevents the following properties from working reliably: insert_final_newline, trim_trailing_whitespace. You may try reconfiguring or disabling the "whitespace"-package to solve regarding issues.

Here's how I fixed it:

  • Open your Atom Editor
  • Go to Edit > Preferences > Packages
  • Type in whitespace
  • Click on the package that shows up
  • Untick the following:
    • Ensure Single Trailing Newline
    • Ignore Whitespace On Current Line
  • Leave Ignore Whitespace Only Lines unticked

Screenshot of the fix

Save and close the settings.

That's all.

I hope this helps


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