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Yegor Bugayenko
29 June 2014

Custom Pygments Lexer in Jekyll

I needed to create a custom syntax highlighting for on which I’m using Jekyll for site rendering.

This is how my code blocks look in markdown pages:

{ % highlight requs %}
User is a "human being."
{ % endhighlight %}

I created a custom Pygments lexer:

from pygments.lexer import RegexLexer
from pygments.token import Punctuation, Text, Keyword, Name, String
from pygments.util import shebang_matches
class RequsLexer(RegexLexer):
  name = 'requs'
  aliases = ['requs']
  tokens = {
    'root': [
      (r'"[^"]+"', String),
      (r'""".+"""', Text),
      (r'\b(needs|includes|requires|when|fail|is|a|the)\s*\b', Keyword),
      (r'([A-Z][a-z]+)+', Name),
      (r'[,;:]', Punctuation),
  def analyse_text(text):
    return shebang_matches(text, r'requs')

Then, I packaged it for easy_install and installed locally:

$ easy_install src/requs_pygment
Processing requs_pygment
Running -q bdist_egg --dist-dir ...
zip_safe flag not set; analyzing archive contents...
Adding requs-pygment 0.1 to easy-install.pth file
Installed /Library/Python/2.7/site-packages/requs_pygment-0.1-py2.7.egg
Processing dependencies for requs-pygment==0.1
Finished processing dependencies for requs-pygment==0.1

It’s done. Now I run jekyll build and my syntax is highlighted according to the custom rules I specified in the lexer.