Syntax highlighter for React, utilizing VDOM for efficient updates
- Thin wrapper on top of lowlight (Syntax highlighting using VDOM)
- Lowlight uses highlight.js under the hood, thus supports all the same syntaxes
- About ~18KB (6.5KB gziped) when using a single language syntax. Each language tends to pack on another ~2KB uncompressed.
Feel free to check out a super-simple demo.
$ npm install react-lowlight highlight.js
You'll also need to provide the highlight.js language definitions you want to use. We don't bundle these in order to not bloat the component with unused definitions.
Note that the
language property is optional, but significantly increases the speed and reliability of rendering.
If you want to load multiple languages at once
import Lowlight from 'react-lowlight' import 'react-lowlight/common' // import 'react-lowlight/all' // <- to import all languages ReactDOM.render( <Lowlight language="js" value="/* Code to highlight */" />, document.getElementById('target') )
react-lowlight/all are re-exports from lowlight. See here https://github.com/wooorm/lowlight#syntaxes for more details
Stylesheets are not automatically handled for you - but there is a bunch of premade styles for highlight.js which you can simply drop in and they'll "just work". You can either grab these from the source, or pull them in using a CSS loader - whatever works best for you. They're also available on unpkg:
<link rel="stylesheet" href="https://email@example.com/styles/default.css" />
If you have a bundler that supports CSS imports, you can do something like the following:
Note that when using the
markers feature, there is an additional class name called
hljs-marker which is not defined by highlight js as it's not a part of its feature set. You can either set it yourself, or you can explicitly set class names on markers.
||Class name for the outermost
||Language to use for syntax highlighting this value. Must be registered prior to usage.|
||The code snippet to syntax highlight|
||Class name prefix for individual node. Default:
||Array of languages to limit the auto-detection to.|
||Whether code should be displayed inline (no
||Array of lines to mark. Can also be specified in
You can use
Lowlight.hasLanguage(language) to check if a language has been registered. Combining this with Webpack's code splitting abilities (or something similar), you should be able to load definitions for languages on the fly.
MIT-licensed. See LICENSE.