Silicon is an alternative to Carbon implemented in Rust.
It can render your source code into a beautiful image.
Carbon is a wonderful tool to create a beautiful image of your source code.
But it is a web application, which brings the following disadvantages:
- Cannot work without Internet & browser.
- Doesn't work well with shell. (Although there is carbon-now-cli, its experience is not very good, especially when the network is not so good.)
However, Silicon doesn't have these problem. It's is implemented in Rust and can work without browser & Internet.
Silicon can render your source code on the fly while carbon-now-cli takes several seconds on it.
It's not as beautiful as Carbon...
cargo install silicon # or the latest version (Linux/macOS) cargo install --git https://github.com/Aloxaf/silicon # for Windows (see #11) git clone --single-branch --branch dev https://github.com/Aloxaf/silicon cd silicon cargo build --release
Silicon is available on AUR (Thanks to @radmen).
You can install it with any AUR helpers you like.
pikaur -S silicon
sudo pacman -S --needed pkgconf freetype2 fontconfig libxcb xclip
Read code from file
silicon main.rs -o main.png
Read code from clipboard, and copy the result image to clipboard(
--to-clipboard is only available on Linux)
silicon --from-clipboard -l rs --to-clipboard
Use multiple fonts
silicon main.rs -o main.png -f 'Hack; SimSun'
Highlight specified line
silicon main.rs -o main.png --highlight-lines '1; 3-4'
Custom the image
silicon ./target/test.rs -o test.png \ --shadow-color '#555' --background '#fff' \ --shadow-blur-radius 30 --no-window-controls
The color can be
silicon ./target/test.rs -o test.png --background '#fff0'
silicon --help for detail