I have a tsfmt.json file with

  "indentSize": 2,
  "tabSize": 2

which does get picked up appropriately by tide when running M-x tide-format.

But when I start a new line by pressing RET or 'o', it gets indented 4 spaces. How do I change this?

Using Spacemacs v.0.200.10 on GNU Emacs 27.0.50 (build 1, x86_64-apple-darwin16.7.0, NS appkit-1504.83 Version 10.12.6 (Build 16G29)) of 2017-09-17

Repro: asciicast

4 Answers 4


There is a variable called typescript-indent-level that, by default is set to 4. For Spacemacs specifically, you can change the value of this variable by directly setting it in your dotspacemacs/user-config function like so:

(defun dotspacemacs/user-config ()
  (setq-default typescript-indent-level 2))
  • 2
    for plain emacs just (setq-default typescript-indent-level 2) inside .emacs working Commented Dec 23, 2018 at 22:21
  • This answer may now be out of date, on spacemacs version 0.999.0 I have no such variable when inside a tsx file, and, in setting it as a typescript variable, it had no effect on my tsx files
    – Caleb Jay
    Commented Aug 16, 2022 at 2:16
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    @CalebJay does this answer help? Or maybe this?
    – NickD
    Commented Nov 23, 2022 at 17:31

I ran into the same problem with .tsx files. Turns out you also have to set the variable web-mode-code-indent-offset to your preferred indent level as well.

If you go M-x customize then search for the variable you can set it there and it will automatically update your config files.


Besides the accepted answer there was a comment about *.tsx files. The indention of *.tsx files is controlled by typescript-tsx mode, which is inheriting the settings from web-mode, which is covered by the html layer.

I have the following in my dotspacemac/layers:

   (html :variables
         web-mode-markup-indent-offset 2
         web-mode-code-indent-offset 2
         web-mode-css-indent-offset 2
         web-mode-sql-indent-offset 2
   (typescript :variables
         typescript-indent-level 2

This will set the indention level to 2 in both modes.


You can initialize this configuration with the layer.

In your ~/.spacemacs file, you can set your layers like this..

     (typescript :variables
                 typescript-indent-level 2

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