Syntax highlighting in Quartz is completely done at build-time. This means that Quartz only ships pre-calculated CSS to highlight the right words so there is no heavy client-side bundle that does the syntax highlighting.

And, unlike some client-side highlighters, it has a full TextMate parser grammar instead of using Regexes, allowing for highly accurate code highlighting.

In short, it generates HTML that looks exactly like your code in an editor like VS Code. Under the hood, it’s powered by Rehype Pretty Code which uses Shiki.

Warning

Syntax highlighting does have an impact on build speed if you have a lot of code snippets in your notes.

Formatting

Text inside backticks on a line will be formatted like code.

```ts
export function trimPathSuffix(fp: string): string {
  fp = clientSideSlug(fp)
  let [cleanPath, anchor] = fp.split("#", 2)
  anchor = anchor === undefined ? "" : "#" + anchor

  return cleanPath + anchor
}
```
export function trimPathSuffix(fp: string): string {
  fp = clientSideSlug(fp)
  let [cleanPath, anchor] = fp.split("#", 2)
  anchor = anchor === undefined ? "" : "#" + anchor
 
  return cleanPath + anchor
}

Titles

Add a file title to your code block, with text inside double quotes (""):

```js title="..."

```
export function trimPathSuffix(fp: string): string {
  fp = clientSideSlug(fp)
  let [cleanPath, anchor] = fp.split("#", 2)
  anchor = anchor === undefined ? "" : "#" + anchor
 
  return cleanPath + anchor
}

Line highlighting

Place a numeric range inside {}.

```js {1-3,4}

```
export function trimPathSuffix(fp: string): string {
  fp = clientSideSlug(fp)
  let [cleanPath, anchor] = fp.split("#", 2)
  anchor = anchor === undefined ? "" : "#" + anchor
 
  return cleanPath + anchor
}

Word highlighting

A series of characters, like a literal regex.

```js /useState/
const [age, setAge] = useState(50);
const [name, setName] = useState('Taylor');
```
const [age, setAge] = useState(50)
const [name, setName] = useState("Taylor")

Line numbers

Syntax highlighting has line numbers configured automatically. If you want to start line numbers at a specific number, use showLineNumbers{number}:

```js showLineNumbers{number}

```
export function trimPathSuffix(fp: string): string {
  fp = clientSideSlug(fp)
  let [cleanPath, anchor] = fp.split("#", 2)
  anchor = anchor === undefined ? "" : "#" + anchor
 
  return cleanPath + anchor
}

Escaping code blocks

You can format a codeblock inside of a codeblock by wrapping it with another level of backtick fences that has one more backtick than the previous fence.

````
```js /useState/
const [age, setAge] = useState(50);
const [name, setName] = useState('Taylor');
```
````

Customization

Syntax highlighting is a functionality of the SyntaxHighlighting plugin. See the plugin page for customization options.