Blocks » SyntaxHighlighter Code Block

These steps are for the Classic Editor or for sites on our Business or eCommerce plan with plugins installed. If you are using the block editor, you can use the SyntaxHighlighter Block described here.

By default on, for security reasons, you cannot add custom code to your site. For example, Javascript snippets, on sites that are not on our Business plan. However, there is a way to post source code for viewing.

We have created a shortcode you can wrap around source code that preserves its formatting and even provides syntax highlighting for certain languages.

If your site is on our Business plan and has plugins or custom themes installed, you will first need to install and activate this SyntaxHighlighter plugin.

Here is an example:

#button {
	font-weight: bold;
	border: 2px solid #fff;

To accomplish the above, just wrap your code in these tags:

[code language="css"]

your code here


The language (or lang) parameter controls how the code is syntax highlighted. The following languages are supported:

  • actionscript3
  • bash
  • clojure
  • coldfusion
  • cpp
  • csharp
  • css
  • delphi
  • diff
  • erlang
  • fsharp
  • groovy
  • html
  • java
  • javafx
  • javascript

If the language parameter is not set, it will default to “text” (no syntax highlighting).

Code in between the source code tags will automatically be encoded for display, you don’t need to worry about HTML entities or anything.

Configuration Parameters

The shortcodes also accept a variety of configuration parameters that you may use to customize the output. All are completely optional.

  • autolinks (true/false) — Makes all URLs in your posted code clickable. Defaults to true.
  • collapse (true/false) — If true, the code box will be collapsed when the page loads, requiring the visitor to click to expand it. Good for large code posts. Defaults to false.
  • firstline (number) — Use this to change what number the line numbering starts at. It defaults to 1.
  • gutter (true/false) — If false, the line numbering on the left side will be hidden. Defaults to true.
  • highlight (comma-seperated list of numbers) — You can list the line numbers you want to be highlighted. For example “4,7,19”.
  • htmlscript (true/false) — If true, any HTML/XML in your code will be highlighted. This is useful when you are mixing code into HTML, such as PHP inside of HTML. Defaults to false and will only work with certain code languages.
  • light (true/false) — If true, the gutter (line numbering) and margin (see below) will be hidden. This is helpful when posting only one or two lines of code. Defaults to false.
  • padlinenumbers (true/false/integer) — Allows you to control the line number padding. true will result in automatic padding, false will result in no padding, and entering a number will force a specific amount of padding.
  • title (string) — Set a label for your code block. Can be useful when combined with the collapse parameter.

Here’s some examples of the above parameters in action:

This line is not highlighted.
This line is highlighted.
This line is highlighted.
This line is not highlighted.
 <strong>This</strong> is a short snippit of <code>code</code> with padlinenumbers set to 4. 

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Alex Gorbatchev’s SyntaxHighlighter project was used in the implementation of this feature. If you are a user and would like to use this feature on your self-hosted blog, it is available as a plugin.

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