Contributing to Pygments

Thanks for your interest in contributing! Please read the following guidelines.


The code is distributed under the BSD 2-clause license. Contributors making pull requests must agree that they are able and willing to put their contributions under that license.

General contribution checklist

Goals & non-goals of Pygments

Python support

Pygments supports all supported Python versions as per the Python Developer’s Guide. Additionally, the default Python version of the latest stable version of RHEL, Ubuntu LTS, and Debian are supported, even if they’re officially EOL. Supporting other end-of-life versions is a non-goal of Pygments.


Pygments does not attempt to validate the input. Accepting code that is not legal for a given language is acceptable if it simplifies the codebase and does not result in surprising behavior. For instance, in C89, accepting // based comments would be fine because de-facto all compilers supported it, and having a separate lexer for it would not be worth it.

Language support

While we strive for the broadest language support possible, we can’t support every programming language on the planet. Our minimum bar is fairly low, but to avoid pet projects and other one-off languages, we expect any language that is proposed for inclusion to have a reasonably sized community around it. If you need a syntax highlighter for your in-house programming language or the brand new language project you kicked off, consider writing a plugin until it gains enough popularity.