This is the home of Pygments. It is a generic syntax highlighter suitable for use in code hosting, forums, wikis or other applications that need to prettify source code. Highlights are:

  • a wide range of 584 languages and other text formats is supported

  • special attention is paid to details that increase highlighting quality

  • support for new languages and formats are added easily; most languages use a simple regex-based lexing mechanism

  • a number of output formats is available, among them HTML, RTF, LaTeX and ANSI sequences

  • it is usable as a command-line tool and as a library

Read more in the FAQ list or the documentation, or download the latest release.


Like every open-source project, we are always looking for volunteers to help us with programming. Python knowledge is required, but don’t fear: Python is a very clear and easy to learn language. Read our contribution guidelines for more information.

If you found a bug, just open a ticket in the GitHub tracker. Be sure to log in to be notified when the issue is fixed – development is not fast-paced as the library is quite stable. You can also send an e-mail to the developers, see below.

The authors

Pygments is maintained by Georg Brandl, e-mail address georg@python.org, Matthäus Chajdas and Jean Abou-Samra.

Many lexers and fixes have been contributed by Armin Ronacher, the rest of the Pocoo team and Tim Hatch.