Drupal 8 Tutorial #44 : CKEditor CodeSnippet Module

Submitted by TheMain on Wed, 08/31/2016 - 09:45

With CKEditor CodeSnippet module you can insert code snippets with syntax highlighting into the editor.

How to install it?

mkdir libraries
cd libraries
wget http://download.ckeditor.com/codesnippet/releases/codesnippet_4.5.10.zip
unzip codesnippet_4.5.10.zip
rm codesnippet_4.5.10.zip
  • Download and install the module:
drush -y en codesnippet

An example how to use it

  • Go to Configuration > Content authoring > Text formats and editors
  • Configure Full HTML text format
  • Drag CodeSnippet icon to the toolbar:

If you choose other text format, make sure it allows pre and and code tags.

  • Select syntax highlighting style and supported languages:

If you know beforehand what languages you are going to use, select only those so it's faster to pickup the right language when you are inserting a code snippet. Choose XML if you are inserting HTML.

  • Use the CodeSnippet icon to add snippets:

  • Select language and paste the code:

And now we have syntax highlighting:

The grey border and background around the snippet came from bootstrap styling the pre tags.

How to add more languages

  • Go to https://highlightjs.org/download/ and select languages you want to use. Hit Download.
  • Replace /libraries/codesnippet/lib/highlight/highlight.pack.js with the file in the downloaded package.

Create a module:

  • Create a folder /modules/custom/mymodule
  • Create a file /modules/custom/mymodule/mymodule.info.yml with these lines:
name: My Module
type: module
description: My module
package: Custom
core: 8.x
  • Create a file /modules/custom/mymodule/mymodule.module with these lines:
use Drupal\Core\Form\FormStateInterface;

 * Implements hook_form_FORM_ID_alter().
 * Add extra languages for CodeSnippet
 * @param $form
 * @param FormStateInterface $form_state
 * @param $form_id
function mymodule_form_filter_format_edit_form_alter(&$form, FormStateInterface $form_state, $form_id) {
  if (isset($form['editor']['settings']['subform']['plugins']['codesnippet'])) {
    $form['editor']['settings']['subform']['plugins']['codesnippet']['highlight_languages']['#options']['stylus'] = 'Stylus';
  • You can find the original code example in the module readme file.
  • Add ?php tag at the top
  • Replace function mymodule_form_filter.. with your module name
  • Replace ['stylus'] = 'Stylus'; with the language name

Go to https://highlightjs.org/static/demo/ and investigate source code of the example block to find the right class name to use. Like for example C++ blocks use cpp so you would use ['cpp'] = 'C++' here. I'm using Stylus for the example.

  • Enable the module and flush caches:
drush -y en mymodule
drush cr
  • Enable Stylus in the text format settings and you can select it when adding code snippets.

Sources and links

Posted by Samuli Natri on 31 August 2016