# Use minted syntax highlighting in LaTeX with Visual Studio Code LaTeX Workshop

Syntax highlighting in LaTeX is traditionally done with listings. However, as many pointed out, this is a defective solution because the listings package does not have a lexer. Recently, the minted package seems to emerge as a standard and preferred solution to syntax highlighting in LaTeX. This package is now part of the TeXLive distribution.

minted requires Pygments as an external lexer and highlighter. As a result, to use it properly requires enabling --shell-escape option on LaTeX compilers (latexmk and pdflatex). Otherwise, it cannot find the pygmentize command. This is a trivial problem if you use LaTeX compilers as standalone programs under a terminal environment. However, if you use an IDE to write LaTeX, this can be quite a hassle. I found a way to configure the VSCode extension LaTeX Workshop so that it can properly compile sources that use the minted package, from a TeX StackExchange post.

Add the following to the VSCode user settings:

"latex-workshop.latex.tools": [
{
"name": "latexmk",
"command": "latexmk",
"args": [
"--shell-escape",
"-synctex=1",
"-interaction=nonstopmode",
"-file-line-error",
"-pdf",
"-outdir=%OUTDIR%",
"%DOC%"
]
},
{
"name": "pdflatex",
"command": "pdflatex",
"args": [
"--shell-escape",
"-synctex=1",
"-interaction=nonstopmode",
"-file-line-error",
"%DOC%"
]
},
{
"name": "bibtex",
"command": "bibtex",
"args": [
"%DOCFILE%"
]
}
]


This works for VSCode 1.30.2 and LaTeX-Workshop 5.20.1.