Syntax highlighting in Jekyll

Alex de Sousa
Alex de Sousa
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This is mainly a programming blog. Big part of picking a static site generator involved researching for code syntax highlighters. When I found these Pygments CSS themes I knew I wanted Pygments support in my static site generator.

Turns out Jekyll has amazing support for Pygments when used together with Redcarpet markdown parser.

Enter Redcarpet

Before using any of those CSS themes, first I needed to add redcarpet gem to my Gemfile e.g:

source ""

gem "jekyll"
gem "redcarpet"

After running bundle install, I added the configuration for redcarpet in your _config.yml

# _config.yml
markdown: redcarpet

... rest of the config ...

Redcarpet has many useful extensions and you can find out more about them here.

Adding syntax highlighting theme to Jekyll

For I downloaded the Monokai theme for syntax highlighting.

I only needed to modify two files:

  • assets/css/main.css: my main CSS file included in all my layouts, including default.
  • _includes/css/pygments/monokai.css: Monokai theme I downloaded.

In order to include Monokai theme into into assets/css/main.css, I used Liquid directives:

{%- comment -%} File: assets/css/main.css {%- endcomment -%}

{%- include css/pygments/monokai.css -%}

... more styles ...

Having already included the file assets/css/main.css in my default layout, I can do the following:


# Lorem Ipsum

IO.puts "Lorem Ipsum"


Now you can have beautiful code in your programming posts!


Alex de Sousa
Alex de Sousa
Refill Aqua co-founder. Elixir alchemist. Tech enthusiast.
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