Minted package for LaTeX: syntax highlighting for source code typesetting

In a previous entry, I briefly discussed the benefits of syntax highlighting for text editors. These benefits also apply to source code that is embedded in a web page or a document for distribution. If you use LaTeX to typeset school assignments and/or scientific publications (if not, you should be), then the minted package for LaTeX is excellent for typesetting source code with syntax highlighting in your documents.

Here is an example of a document containing a block of source code that uses minted for syntax highlighting.

\documentclass[letterpaper, 10pt]{article}

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  #include <zlib.h>
  #include <stdio.h>
  #include "kseq.h"
  // STEP 1: declare the type of file handler and the read() function
  KSEQ_INIT(gzFile, gzread)
  int main(int argc, char *argv[])
      gzFile fp;
      kseq_t *seq;
      int l;
      if (argc == 1) {
          fprintf(stderr, "Usage: %s <in.seq>\n", argv[0]);
          return 1;
      fp = gzopen(argv[1], "r"); // STEP 2: open the file handler
      seq = kseq_init(fp); // STEP 3: initialize seq
      while ((l = kseq_read(seq)) >= 0) { // STEP 4: read sequence
          printf("name: %s\n", seq->name.s);
          if (seq->comment.l) printf("comment: %s\n", seq->comment.s);
          printf("seq: %s\n", seq->seq.s);
          if (seq->qual.l) printf("qual: %s\n", seq->qual.s);
      printf("return value: %d\n", l);
      kseq_destroy(seq); // STEP 5: destroy seq
      gzclose(fp); // STEP 6: close the file handler
      return 0;


Here is the final typeset product.

For more information about the minted package, see the minted project homepage. Note that minted relies on the Python Pygments syntax highlighter, which can be installed with the following command.

sudo easy_install Pygments

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