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lowlight

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Virtual syntax highlighting for virtual DOMs and non-HTML things, with language auto-detection. Perfect for React, VDOM, and others.

Lowlight is built to work with all syntaxes supported by highlight.js, that’s 189 languages (and all 94 themes).

Want to use Prism instead? Try refractor!

Contents

Install

npm:

npm install lowlight

Usage in the browser »

Use

Highlight:

var low = require('lowlight')
var tree = low.highlight('js', '"use strict";').value

console.log(tree)

Yields:

[
  {
    type: 'element',
    tagName: 'span',
    properties: {className: ['hljs-meta']},
    children: [{type: 'text', value: '"use strict"'}]
  },
  {type: 'text', value: ';'}
]

Or, serialized with rehype:

var rehype = require('rehype')
var html = rehype().stringify({type: 'root', children: tree}).toString()

console.log(html)

Yields:

<span class="hljs-meta">"use strict"</span>;

Tip: Use hast-to-hyperscript to transform to other virtual DOMs, or DIY.

API

low.highlight(language, value[, options])

Parse value (string) according to the language grammar.

options
  • prefix (string?, default: 'hljs-') — Class prefix
Returns

Result.

Example
var low = require('lowlight')

console.log(low.highlight('css', 'em { color: red }'))

Yields:

{relevance: 4, language: 'css', value: [Array]}

low.highlightAuto(value[, options])

Parse value by guessing its grammar.

options
  • prefix (string?, default: 'hljs-') — Class prefix
  • subset (Array.<string>? default: all registered languages) — List of allowed languages
Returns

Result, with a secondBest if found.

Example
var low = require('lowlight')

console.log(low.highlightAuto('"hello, " + name + "!"'))

Yields:

{
  relevance: 3,
  language: 'applescript',
  value: [Array],
  secondBest: {relevance: 3, language: 'basic', value: [Array]}
}

Result

Result is a highlighting result object.

Properties
  • relevance (number) — How sure low is that the given code is in the found language
  • language (string) — The detected language
  • value (Array.<Node>) — Virtual nodes representing the highlighted given code
  • secondBest (Result?) — Result of the second-best (based on relevance) match. Only set by highlightAuto, but can still be null.

low.registerLanguage(name, syntax)

Register a syntax as name (string). Useful in the browser or with custom grammars.

Example
var low = require('lowlight/lib/core')
var xml = require('highlight.js/lib/languages/xml')

low.registerLanguage('xml', xml)

console.log(low.highlight('html', '<em>Emphasis</em>'))

Yields:

{relevance: 2, language: 'html', value: [Array]}

low.registerAlias(name[, alias])

Register a new alias for the name language.

Signatures
  • registerAlias(name, alias|list)
  • registerAlias(aliases)
Parameters
  • name (string) — Name of a registered language
  • alias (string) — New alias for the registered language
  • list (Array.<alias>) — List of aliases
  • aliases (Object.<alias|list>) — Map where each key is a name and each value an alias or a list
Example
var low = require('lowlight/lib/core')
var md = require('highlight.js/lib/languages/markdown')

low.registerLanguage('markdown', md)

// low.highlight('mdown', '<em>Emphasis</em>')
// ^ would throw: Error: Unknown language: `mdown` is not registered

low.registerAlias({markdown: ['mdown', 'mkdn', 'mdwn', 'ron']})
low.highlight('mdown', '<em>Emphasis</em>')
// ^ Works!

low.listLanguages()

List all registered languages.

Returns

Array.<string>.

Example
var low = require('lowlight/lib/core')
var md = require('highlight.js/lib/languages/markdown')

console.log(low.listLanguages()) // => []

low.registerLanguage('markdown', md)

console.log(low.listLanguages()) // => ['markdown']

Browser

It is not suggested to use the pre-built files or requiring lowlight in the browser as that would include 916kB (260kB GZipped) of code.

Instead, require lowlight/lib/core, and include only the used highlighters. For example:

var low = require('lowlight/lib/core')
var js = require('highlight.js/lib/languages/javascript')

low.registerLanguage('javascript', js)

low.highlight('js', '"use strict";')
// See `Usage` for the results.

…when using browserify and minifying with tinyify this results in 24kB of code (9kB with GZip).

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License

MIT © Titus Wormer

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