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HighlightJs Copy Code Badge Component

This small JavaScript library complements the highlightJs Syntax Highligher by providing a badge in the top right corner of highlightJs code snippets.

  • Shows active Syntax for the code block
  • Allows copying the code block to Clipboard

You can install it from NPM:

npm install highlightjs-badge

Here's what the code badge looks like attached to several highlightjs code blocks:

This small, single JavaScript file component can be loaded after highlightJS has been loaded. It's fully self-contained. Add the script, call the window.highlightJsBadge(), and you're up and running without any other configuration or dependencies.


To use this library is very simple - you add a script file and call highlightJsBadge() after highlightJS has been applied.

The following is a typical configuration for both highlightJs and highlightJs-Badge:

<!-- load highlightjs first -->
<link href="scripts/highlightjs/styles/vs2015.css" rel="stylesheet" />
<script src="scripts/highlightjs/highlight.pack.js"></script>

<!-- then add this badge component -->
<script src="scripts/highlightjs-badge.min.js"></script>

    // apply HighlightJS
    var pres = document.querySelectorAll("pre>code");
    for (var i = 0; i < pres.length; i++) {
    // add HighlightJS-badge (options are optional)
    var options = {   // optional
       contentSelector: "#ArticleBody",
       // CSS class(es) used to render the copy icon.
       copyIconClass: "fas fa-copy",
       // CSS class(es) used to render the done icon.
       checkIconClass: "fas fa-check text-success"


The default script includes default styling that should work great with dark themed syntax, and fairly well with light themed syntax.

You can customize the styling and the layout of badge by either overriding existing styles or by:

  • Overriding styles
  • Copying complete styles and template into page

Overriding styles

The easiest way to modify behavior is to override individual styles. The stock script includes a hardcoded style sheet and you can override the existing values with hard CSS overrides.

For example to override the background and icon sizing you can:

    .code-badge {
        padding: 8px !important;
        background: pink !important;
    .code-badge-copy-icon {
        font-size: 1.3em !important;

Replace the Template and Styling Completely

Alternately you can completely replace the template and styling. If you look at the source file at the end of the file is a commented section that contains the complete template and you can copy and paste that template into your HTML page - at the bottom near the </body> tag.

    "@media print {
        .code-badge { display: none; }
    .code-badge-pre {
        position: relative; 
    .code-badge {
        display: flex;
        flex-direction: row;
        white-space: normal;
        background: transparent;
        background: #333;
        color: white;
        font-size: 0.8em;
        opacity: 0.5;
        border-radius: 0 0 0 7px;
        padding: 5px 8px 5px 8px;
        position: absolute;
        right: 0;
        top: 0;
    } {
        opacity: 0.8;
    .code-badge:hover {
        opacity: .95;
    .code-badge a,
    .code-badge a:hover {
        text-decoration: none;

    .code-badge-language {
        margin-right: 10px;
        font-weight: 600;
        color: goldenrod;
    .code-badge-copy-icon {
        font-size: 1.2em;
        cursor: pointer;
        padding: 0 7px;
    .fa.text-success:{ color: limegreen !important}    
<div id="CodeBadgeTemplate" style="display:none">
    <div class="code-badge">
        <div class="code-badge-language">{{language}}</div>
        <div title="Copy to clipboard">
            <i class="{{copyIconClass}} code-badge-copy-icon"></i>

This is the same template that the library internally holds and injects into the page, but if #CodeBadgeTemplate exists in the document then that is used instead of the embedded template. When using your own template no styling is applied. so you neeed to include both the CSS and the CodeBadgeTemplate.

You can optionally separate out the CSS into a separate file and only include the #CodeBadgeTemplate <div> element - that's sufficient for your custom template and styling to kick in.


This library is a self-contained JavaScript file so there are no direct external dependencies. However, there are a couple of requirements:

Some ES6 Usage

The library uses a couple of ES6 functions:

and you can add the polyfills linked above for old browser (Internet Explorer) support.

FontAwesome by Default, Custom Icon Overrides

The library by default also uses FontAwesome icons for the copy and check icons. The icon styles used work with Font Awesome 4 and 5 (both free and pro).

The default rendering uses:

<i class="fa fa-copy"></i>

The icon is changed to fa-check check after content's been copied for 2 seconds.

If you want to use different icons you can use separate styling for the icon classes. For example to change the icons used you affect the class attribute on the icon setting.

For example to use Material Icons:

var options = {
        // CSS class(es) used to render the copy icon.
        copyIconClass: "material-icons",  
        copyIconContent: "copy_files",
        // CSS class(es) used to render the done icon.
        checkIconClass: "material-icons",
        checkIconContent: "check"


Licensed under the MIT License. There's no charge to use, integrate or modify the code for this project. You are free to use it in personal, commercial, government and any other type of application.

Version History


  • Turn off code badge in Print Media Style
    Added media class so that the code-badge is not shown when printing is active for print or PDF generation.

  • Fix Internet Explorer missing Line Feeds
    Fixed issue where IE 11/10 was not properly picking up line breaks in the copied text content. Still useful for those of us using the Web Browser control in Windows. Fixed by using textContent instead of innerText.

  • Badge Position on Scrolled Content
    Fixed issue where the badge overlay would not properly stay right aligned when a code block was scrolled horizontally. Fixed by moving position:relative up to the <pre> tag via code. Unfortunately this style feature is not directly settable via CSS so the relative style gets hardcoded when the badge is added to the page.

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