12 Best WordPress Syntax Highlighter Plugins

Syntax highlighter plugins for WordPress are special plugins that help you to customize the codes that you add to your article or website so that it is not depicted as a messy lot that is pretty troublesome to analyse and study. Following are a list of the ten best WordPress admin syntax highlighter plugins that you can use.

Syntax Highlighter Plugins For WordPress

1. Crayon Syntax Highlighter

Crayon WordPress Syntax Highlighter

Crayon Syntax Highlighter is probably one of the coolest syntax highlighter plugins for WordPress. Once installed, you can easily customize the settings as per your requirements. The plugin comes packed with various fully customizable themes that you can apply to your WordPress website.

It provides regular expressions and support for various languages which may appear on the website and highlights both URLs and WordPress post texts. If you are using Crayon Syntax Highlighter, Integrated Theme Editor, Tag Editor, Toggled plain code and line numbers, Open code, Minimizing and Mixed Language Highlighting in a single Crayon are just some of the facilities you will be enjoying.

2. Enlighter

Enlighter offers another means to help display codes on your WordPress website in an “enlightening” fashion. It comes along with a theme customizer tool which can be helpful in viewing live previews. The tool can also be used to help modify the built-in themes.

This WordPress syntax highlighter plugin also provides the users with tab-panes which can be used to display code groups together. There is also support for shortcodes as well which can be used within content, comments, and widgets. Again if the website is missing monospace fonts then that too is handled by the plugin Overall the plugin is incredibly easy to use and offers a high level of customizability.

3. IG: Syntax Hiliter

iG:Syntax Hiliter

If you are providing source codes on your website, it is best to highlight the same for easy spotting by the viewers. IG: Syntax Hiliter allows you to integrate the source codes and highlight them too. It gives you the liberty of adding the codes directly after editing them or from your code editor.

It also allows you to customize the code or the color of the highlighter. The cache plugin (which you will have to upload) will speed up the process and it supports all major programming languages. You will need WordPress 4.1 or above or PHP 5.3 or above for the plugin to work.

4. Syntax Highlighter MT

Syntax Highlighter Visual Editor

Syntax Highlighter MT is another best WordPress plugin that helps users to enable Syntax Highlighter tool with ease. Other than the regular features, this plugin comes integration of Dynamic plugin loading making brush configuration obsolete.

5. Syntax Highlighter Evolved

Syntax Highlighter Evolved Plugin

Syntax Highlighter Evolved allows you to add the codes to your website without the requirement of formatting it so that the source code is available for use by the viewers. It is one of the smoothest working WordPress admin syntax highlighter plugins that is in a constant development mode. The updates are regularly available, and the super helpful tech support team will be available at your service regularly.

It also gets installed pretty easily, where you just need to add the plugin to the WordPress panel and activate it. It supports all the major web development languages, so is compatible at large. You can customize the various codes as per your requirements.

6. Advanced Code Editor

Advanced Code Editor

If you are looking for a WordPress plugin that offers a bit more than just a syntax highlighter, then you must try out Advanced Code Editor. Apart from the cool customization of the codes and adding them to your website or article, Advanced Code Editor also provides you with fully customizable WordPress themes and that to a wide variety to choose from.

Of the various features Advanced Code Editor has to offer the users, Mixed language (PHP, HTML, JavaScript and CSS), Smart Search, Search and Replace, Full Screen editor, 11 editor themes, Multiple Undo & Redo, Ajax save file/Create new file/Delete file are just some. It allows the security by which only you can customize your website.

7. WP Syntax

WP Syntax Highlighter Shortcode

Utilizing GeSHi, WP Syntax creates the highlighting for your code that you can add to your website. It supports a whole lot of languages which aids in the jquery syntax highlighting procedure. This WordPress plugin allows you to maintain the original formatting of the codes even if you are just adding snippets of the same to your website.

One of the major advantages of WP Syntax is the fact that it doesn’t interfere with the working abilities of any other plugins that may be uploaded and which you could be using simultaneously.

8. PCSH – PastaCode and Syntax Highlighter

Download the zip file of PCSH – PastaCode and Syntax Highlighter, extract it, upload it to the WordPress panel, activate it and voila! You are good to go. PCSH – PastaCode and Syntax Highlighter is one of the easiest plugins that you can use for the addition of ceding to the articles or website. It supports a variety of programming languages so that you can work with ease.

Whether your code is from GitHub, Gist, Pastebin or BitBucket or code editors or any other source, PCSH – PastaCode and Syntax Highlighter shortcode will highlight and add it to your website smoothly. It automatically caches the website responses to avoid repetition and updating is no issue while uploading codes.

9. Code Prettify

In essence, with Code Prettify, the user can add the Google Code Prettify library to WordPress. The entire library comes as one minified javascript file. It can help to detect the correct language that is being used as well as parse all the tags displayed on the page. Some other added benefits of the plugin include lazy loading the necessary syntax module along with applying the highlighting where ever required.

Overall, this syntax highlighter WordPress plugin is simply 31 line of code which makes it very light weight. It is extremely purpose oriented without any sense of distraction like custom CSS classes and no shortcodes.

10. Dev Formatter

Non-obstructive filter integration, Syntax highlighting, Syntax highlighting in comments, Start line number configuration, AJAX, Syntax highlighting in RSS 2.0 feeds are just some of the features that you will get to play with when you are using Dev Formatter.

The cool WordPress syntax highlighter visual editor allows you to completely customize the codes and add them to your website or articles. It supports more than a hundred web developing languages and also provides tips regarding customization in different languages.

11. WP Code Highlight

WP Code Highlight

There are times when you require insertion of codes in your site and highlighting them becomes very essential. WP Code Highlight is one of those plugins of WordPress, which helps in the same. It allows you to insert shortcode in your articles with utmost ease and smoothness.

The best part of the plugin is the fact that it supports and detects the languages and you don’t need to specify.

12. Syntax Highlighter Compress

jquery Syntax Highlighter

If you are looking for a simple plugin that is not compromised on the functionality ground, and then tries out Syntax Highlighter Compress. Working on Alex Gorbatchev’s SyntaxHighlighter Script’s latest version, this WordPress plugin helps you to edit, color and upload the codes on your article or your website. Since it is a compressed plugin, it doesn’t take very long for the page to load. Syntax Highlighter Compress utilizes only he necessary brushes that are required for the customization of the codes, and no unnecessary details are added.

These are the twelve coolest and easy to use WordPress syntax highlighter plugins that you can use while developing your project. Do let us know which one you are using and why in the comments section below.


  1. Holger Govertz

    I must say you’ve done your homework, I feel an urge to test some of these Highlighter plugins.
    Syntax Highlighter Evolved has been the choice for years, and there’s nothing bad to say about it, but sometimes one needs something new.
    Thanks for a great write up.

  2. Santo Kumar Singh

    Being new to WordPress, may I ask should I use a syntax highlight plugin on my blog?

    • WPDean

      Yes, of course you can use that plugin. Even we are also using the same.

  3. John Crooks

    I’m always anxious about what would happen if I have too many plugins installed. What is the good number of plugins to keep on the site usually?

    • WPDean

      I can’t predict any exact number for this. Would advise you to just keep those that you require at most.

  4. Willy


    I invite you to also try Pastacode (the one which is forked PCSH). I upgraded it last week and it embed now CoreMirror on admin side 🙂
    There is also many improvement on the tinyMCE implementation.
    Thanks for your list !

  5. My

    Is here any code highlighter which would work for comments as well??

  6. Shaikh Muneer

    great! SyntaxHighlighter plugin is very good work thanks to share this info..

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