Article Diary - General Knowledge Digest

13 Useful Javascript Syntax Highlighting Scripts

A Syntax Highlighter allows you to easily post syntax-highlighted source code to your site without loosing it’s formatting or making any manual changes. Syntax highlighting is very important especially when we want to show our code example on the blog. By enabling the syntax highlighting on your blog, readers can read the code blocks easier.

Why Use Syntax Highlighting?

Syntax HighlightingWhen sharing codes on a website, even they are wrapped with tags or styled differently, it is always a challenge to read them without syntax highlighting. There are various syntax highlighters which can format the codes & color them appropriately according to the languages used. Whether it is a HTML page or runs on PHP, Ruby, Python, ASP, there is a suitable syntax highlighter. Here is a collection of 13 syntax highlighter scripts to beautify code presentation on the web. There are a lot of free and useful syntax highlighting scripts around us. Most of the scripts are written using Javascripts, though some of them are powered by other programming languages such as Phyton or Ruby.

GeSHi (Generic Syntax Highlighter - With PHP)

GeSHi is a powerful syntax highlighter script that supports almost every language. GeSHi features XHTML compliant output with CSS. It was first created for phpBB forum software but became a project itself. It requires PHP to run however there is a hack to make it work under ASP as well.

SyntaxHighlighter (With JS)

This is a flexible & extensible syntax highlighter built with JavaScript. It supports a wide range of languages from CSS to PHP or C++ to SQL. Syntax Highlighter offers ready-to-use themes an new ones can be created easily for a custom presentation. It has support for 3rd party applications like Blogger, Wordpress, Joomla & many others.

Google Code Prettify (With JS)

This is the script used by the Google Code website. The script auto-detects the language used and highlights the code accordingly. It is also customizable via CSS. There is also an AS3 port to this code highlighting script named as3syntaxhighlight.

Highlight.js (With JS)

Highlight.js is very easy to use because it works automatically: finds blocks of code, detects a language, highlights it. It has support for 3rd party applications and provides a Firefox extension for viewing code that doesn’t have syntax highlighting.

SHJS - Syntax Highlighting in JavaScript (With JS)

SHJS uses language definitions from GNU Source-highlight. This gives SHJS the ability to highlight source code written in many different languages.

Chili (With jQuery)

Chili is a code higlighter plugin for jQuery. It works very fast & can be totally customized. It comes bundled with support for popular languages & the download package has examples on usage.

beautyOfCode (With jQuery)

This jQuery syntax highlighter plugin uses Alex Gorbatchev’s SyntaxHighlighter but with a twist: produces more xhtml-compliant codes.

Lighter.js (With MooTools)

Lighter.js is a MooTools-based code highlighter that can create outputs in various formats like ordered lists and tables. It has a GeSHi-like class naming & requires MooTools 1.2.1+


DlHighlight is a simple syntax highlighting scripts that supports only 4 programming languages: JavaScript, CSS, XML, HTML.

ColourCode (With Ruby)

ColourCode is written in Ruby. It can read a source file and generate a syntax highlighted version in various formats.

Ultraviolet (With Ruby)

Ultraviolet is a syntax highlighting engine that runs on Ruby. It has support for 50+ languages & 20+ themes.

Pygments (With Python)

It is a syntax highlighter that is built with Python. Pygments supports a wide range of languages, various output formats & it is usable as a command-line tool or as a library.

JUSH (jQuery syntax highlighting)

JUSH is yet another jQuery syntax highlighting plugin which supports different programming languages such as HTML, CSS, PHP, PY and SQL.
5 (1)
Article Rating (1 Votes)
Rate this article
Attached Files
There are no attachments for this article.
There are no comments for this article. Be the first to post a comment.
Security Code Security Code
Related Articles RSS Feed
Axiis - Open Source Data Visualization Framework
Viewed 1322 times since Thu, Jan 7, 2010
10 Most Popular JavaScript Frameworks
Viewed 1068 times since Thu, Jul 8, 2010
Google Maps jQuery Plugin - gMap
Viewed 1365 times since Mon, Feb 8, 2010
Advanced Backup System - PHP Backup Script
Viewed 1172 times since Wed, Jul 28, 2010
jDigiClock - HTC Hero Style jQuery Digital Clock
Viewed 1121 times since Tue, Feb 16, 2010
jCart - Free PHP AJAX Shopping Cart
Viewed 1366 times since Sun, Jan 3, 2010
Pastie - Pastebin to Share Source Code with Syntax Highlighting
Viewed 1065 times since Mon, Jan 11, 2010
Admin Skins - Constellation Complete Admin Skin
Viewed 1309 times since Thu, Aug 12, 2010
ProFolio - Instantly Create Free Portfolio Website
Viewed 1477 times since Sun, Jan 3, 2010