Highlighting code with SyntaxHighlighter Javascript library

1- Introduction

This document is based on:
  • SyntaxHighlighter 3.0.83

2- What is SyntaxHighlighter?

SyntaxHighlighter is a fully functional self-contained code syntax highlighter developed in JavaScript by Alex Gorbatchev in 2004. since it invention, it has been widely used by both small and large website and applications such as Apache, Aptana, Mozilla, Yahoo, WordPress, Bug Labs, Freshbooks.

Syntax highlighting is a feature of some text editors that display text—especially source code—in different colors and fonts according to the category of terms. This feature eases writing in a structured language such as a programming language or a markup language as both structures and syntax errors are visually distinct. Highlighting does not affect the meaning of the text itself; it is intended only for human readers and editors.

3- Download SyntaxHighlighter

Download result:

4- Using SyntaxHighlighter

Unzip the file you just downloaded:
SyntaxHighlighter 3.0.83 support to highlight code syntax for programming languages:
  • AppleScript
  • AS3
  • Bash
  • ColdFusion
  • .....
  • Java
  • JScript
  • ....
You can see the javascript file to do  Highlight code for various programming languages at:
  • <SyntaxHightlighter>/scripts
Create examples folder, the examples in this document will be placed in this folder.
Let's look at an example of JavaScript code highlighting.
  • example_javascript_default.html
<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<head>
  <meta charset="utf-8">
  <title>SyntaxHighlighter - JavaScript example</title>
 
   <!-- SyntaxHighlighter core library -->
  <script type="text/javascript" src="../scripts/shCore.js"></script>
 
  <!-- Library highlights the javascript code -->
  <script type="text/javascript" src="../scripts/shBrushJScript.js"></script>
 

  <!-- Using default Style -->
  <link type="text/css" rel="stylesheet" href="../styles/shCoreDefault.css"/>
 
</head>
<body>

<h2>Highlight JavaScript Code - Default Style</h2>
 
<h3>JavaScript Code:</h3>    
<pre class="brush: js;">
function helloSyntaxHighlighter()
{
  return "hi!";
}
</pre>

 
<!-- Highlight all -->    
<script type="text/javascript">
  SyntaxHighlighter.all();
</script>    
 
</body>
</html>
Running example:
Examples highlighting Java & JavaScript code:
  • example_sh_default.html
<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<head>
   <meta charset="utf-8">
   <title>SyntaxHighlighter - JavaScript + Java example</title>
   
 
   <!-- SyntaxHighlighter core library -->
   <script type="text/javascript" src="../scripts/shCore.js"></script>
   
 
   <!-- Library highlights the javascript code -->
   <script type="text/javascript" src="../scripts/shBrushJScript.js"></script>
   

   <!-- Library highlights the Java code -->
   <script type="text/javascript" src="../scripts/shBrushJava.js"></script>    
   

   <!-- Using default Style -->
   <link type="text/css" rel="stylesheet" href="../styles/shCoreDefault.css"/>    
   
   
</head>
<body>

<h2>Highlight Java, JavaScript Code - Default style</h2>
   
<h3>JavaScript Code:</h3>    
<pre class="brush: js;">
function helloSyntaxHighlighter()
{
   return "hi!";
}
</pre>

<h3>Java Code:</h3>    
<pre class="brush: java;">
public class JavaClass  {
   public static void main(String[] args)  {
       System.out.println("Hello World!");
   }
}
</pre>

   
<!-- Highlight all -->  
<script type="text/javascript">
   SyntaxHighlighter.all();
</script>    
   
</body>
</html>
Running example:

5- Change Style

You see and compare "JavaScript Code" display on the default Style,   Eclipse Style and Django Style.
SyntaxHighlighter offer you a lot of Style, you can see in the folder:
  • <SyntaxHighlighter>/styles
Eclipse Style example:
  • example_sh_eclipse.html
<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<head>
    <meta charset="utf-8">
    <title>SyntaxHighlighter - JavaScript + Java example</title>
    
   
    <!-- SyntaxHighlighter core library -->
    <script type="text/javascript" src="../scripts/shCore.js"></script>
    
 
    <!-- Library highlights the javascript -->
    <script type="text/javascript" src="../scripts/shBrushJScript.js"></script>
    
 
    <!-- Library highlights the Java -->
    <script type="text/javascript" src="../scripts/shBrushJava.js"></script>    
    
 
    <!-- Using eclipse style -->
    <link type="text/css" rel="stylesheet" href="../styles/shCoreEclipse.css"/>    
    
    
</head>
<body>

<h2>Highlight Java, JavaScript Code - Eclipse style</h2>
    
<h3>JavaScript Code:</h3>    
<pre class="brush: js;">
function helloSyntaxHighlighter()
{
    return "hi!";
}
</pre>

<h3>Java Code:</h3>    
<pre class="brush: java;">
public class JavaClass  {
    public static void main(String[] args)  {
        System.out.println("Hello World!");
    }
}
</pre>

    
  
<!-- Highlight all -->
<script type="text/javascript">
    SyntaxHighlighter.all();
</script>     
    
</body>
</html>
Running example:

6- CKEditor-SyntaxHighlight Plugin

Ckeditor-SyntaxHighlight is an addon of CKEditor, it can be integrated into the CKEditor and allow you to edit the text that can be Highlighting by SyntaxHighlighter which you are watching in this document.
You can see tutorial, integrate CKEditor-SyntaxHighlight into CKEditor at: