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Source-highlight - convert source code to syntax highlighted document




source-highlight [OPTIONS]... < input_file > output_file


GNU source-highlight 3.1.6

Highlight the syntax of a source file (e.g. Java) into a specific format (e.g. HTML)
source-highlight [OPTIONS]... -i input_file -o output_file source-highlight [OPTIONS]... [FILES]...
-h, --help Print help and exit
  Print help, including all details and hidden options, and exit
-V, --version
  Print version and exit
-i, --input=filename
  input file. default std input
-o, --output=filename
  output file. default std output (when the third invocation form is used). If STDOUT is specified, the output is directed to standard output
you can simply specify some files at the command line and also use regular expressions (for instance *.java). In this case the name for the output files will be formed using the name of the source file with a .<ext> appended, where <ext> is the extension chosen according to the output format specified (for instance .html).
-s, --src-lang=STRING
  source language (use --lang-list to get the complete list). If not specified, the source language will be guessed from the file extension.
  list all the supported language and associated language definition file
  list all the supported output language and associated language definition file
-f, --out-format=STRING
  output format (use --outlang-list to get the complete list) (default=‘html’)
-d, --doc create an output file that can be used as a stand alone document (e.g., not to be included in another one)
--no-doc cancel the --doc option even if it is implied (e.g., when css is given)
-c, --css=filename
  the external style sheet filename. Implies --doc
-T, --title=STRING
  give a title to the output document. Implies --doc
-t, --tab=INT
  specify tab length. (default=‘8’)
-H, --header=filename
  file to insert as header
-F, --footer=filename
  file to insert as footer
  specify the file containing format options (default=‘’)
--style-css-file=filename specify the file containing format options (in
  css syntax)
--style-defaults=filename specify the file containing defaults for format
  options (default=‘style.defaults’)
  output language definition file
  output language map file (default=‘’)
  directory where language definition files and language maps are searched for. If not specified these files are searched for in the current directory and in the data dir installation directory
  output directory
  language definition file
  language map file (default=‘’)
  prints the language elements that are defined
in the language definition file
  force to infer source script language (overriding given language specification)


-n, --line-number[=padding]
  number all output lines, using the specified padding character (default=‘0’)
  number all output lines and generate an anchor,
made of the specified prefix + the line number (default=‘line’)
Filtering output:
Mode: linerange
specifying line ranges
  generate only the lines in the specified range(s)
  the optional separator to be printed among ranges (e.g., "...")
  number of (context) lines generated even if not in range
Mode: regexrange
specifying regular expression delimited ranges
  generate only the lines within the specified regular expressions

    reference generation:

  generate references (possible values="inline", "postline", "postdoc" default=‘inline’)
  specify the file generated by ctags that will be used to generate references (default=‘tags’)
  how to run the ctags command. If this option is not specified, ctags will be executed with the default value. If it is specified with an empty string, ctags will not be executed at all (default=‘ctags --excmd=n --tag-relative=yes’)


-v, --verbose
  verbose mode on
-q, --quiet
  print no progress information
  write output files in binary mode
  print some statistics (i.e., elapsed time)
  put source-highlight version in the generated file (default=on)
  only check the correctness of a language definition file
  only check the correctness of an output language definition file
  if no language definition is found for the input, it is simply copied to the output
-g, --debug-langdef[=type]
  debug a language definition. In dump mode just dumps all the steps; in interactive, at each step, waits for some input (press ENTER to step) (possible values="interactive", "dump" default=‘dump’)
  show the regular expression automaton corresponding to a language definition file
Maintained by Lorenzo Bettini <>


Report bugs to <bug-source-highlight at>


Copyright © 1999-2008 Lorenzo Bettini <> This program comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY.
This is free software; you may redistribute copies of the program under the terms of the GNU General Public License. For more information about these matters, see the file named COPYING.


The full documentation for Source-highlight is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and Source-highlight programs are properly installed at your site, the command
info Source-highlight
should give you access to the complete manual.
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