source-highlight  3.1.9
About: Source-highlight produces a document with syntax highlighting when given a source file (output formats HTML and XHTML). It also provides a C++ highlight library.
  Fossies Dox: source-highlight-3.1.9.tar.gz  ("unofficial" and yet experimental doxygen-generated source code documentation)  

source-highlight Documentation

Some Fossies usage hints in advance:

  1. To see the Doxygen generated documentation please click on one of the items in the steelblue colored "quick index" bar above or use the side panel at the left which displays a hierarchical tree-like index structure and is adjustable in width.
  2. If you want to search for something by keyword rather than browse for it you can use the client side search facility (using Javascript and DHTML) that provides live searching, i.e. the search results are presented and adapted as you type in the Search input field at the top right.
  3. Doxygen doesn't incorporate all member files but just a definable subset (basically the main project source code files that are written in a supported language). So to search and browse all member files you may visit the Fossies source-highlight-3.1.9.tar.gz contents page and use the Fossies standard member browsing features (also with source code highlighting and additionally with optional code folding).

  GNU Source-highlight

by Lorenzo Bettini <>

This program, given a source file, produces a document with syntax

The home page is

You can download it from GNU's ftp site: or from one of its mirrors (see

This project's git repository can be checked out through
the following clone instruction:

git clone git://

Further instructions can be found at the address: 


Since version 2.0 Source-highlight relies on regular expressions as
provided by boost,, so you need to install at
least the regex library from boost.  Most GNU/Linux distributions
provide this library already in a compiled form.

See the file INSTALL for detailed building and installation
instructions; anyway if you're used to compiling Linux software that
comes with sources you may simply follow the usual procedure:

cd <source code main directory>
make install

Note: unless you specify a different install directory by --prefix
option of configure (e.g. ./configure --prefix=/<your home>/), you must
be root to 'make install'.

It is also possible to specify as following option for
configure: --enable-input-chroot to hardcode in the program the path
to prefix for input files.

Before you run 'make install' you may want to check that the programs
have compiled fine, so you can run 'make check'.

Files will be installed in the following directories:

docs and output examples
library examples
library API documentation
conf files

Default value for prefix is /usr/local but you may change it with
--prefix option to configure (see above).

You can also build source-highlight using qmake.
For further information, please look at the section
"Building with qmake" in the manual.

Building .rpm

Christian W. Zuckschwerdt added support for building an .rpm and an
.rpm.src.  You can issue the following command

rpm -tb source-highlight-1.9rc.tar.gz

for building an .rpm with binaries and

rpm -ts source-highlight-1.9rc.tar.gz

for building an .rpm.src with sources.

Patching from a previous version

If you downloaded a patch, say source-highlight-1.3-1.3.1-patch.gz(i.e.
the patch to go from version 1.3 to version 1.3.1), cd to the directory
with sources from the previous version (source-highlight-1.3) and type:

gunzip -cd ../source-highlight-1.3-1.3.1.patch.gz | patch -p1

and restart the compilation process (if you had already run configure a
simple make will do).

Usage and examples

See the index.html in the doc directory for many examples.

Use source-highlight with less

This was suggested by Konstantine Serebriany.
The script will be installed together with
You can use the following environment variables:

export LESSOPEN="| /path/to/ %s"
export LESS=' -R '

This way, when you use less to browse a file, if it is a source file
handled by source-highlight, it will be automatically highlighted.


See CREDITS for detailed contributions and THANKS  for a complete list
of people that helped me with Source-highlight :-)


Please tell me if you like this software :-)

Actually I want to extend it, so if you have some ideas...
The most import one will be to make source-highlight more customizable :-)

Please send all bug reports by electronic mail to:
bug-source-highlight at


Here's the list of TODO stuff <TODO.txt>, if you'd like to contribute :-)

Mailing Lists

The following mailing lists are available:

    * help-source-highlight at
      for generic discussions
      about the program and for asking for help about it (open mailing
    * info-source-highlight at
      for receiving information
      about new releases and features (read-only mailing list),

if you want to subscribe to a mailing list just go to the URL and follow
the instructions, or send me an e-mail and I'll subscribe you.

My home page is

source-highlight is free software. See the file COPYING for copying
conditions. Anyway I won't get offended if you send me a postcard :-)