Jonas Brusman

I like to do high fives, take photographs and make cool things with Ruby.

Jekyll code highlighting on Heroku

The built in code highlighter in Jekyll doesn’t work on Heroku due to some issues with Python. I came up with a work around by using the Pygmentize gem instead.


Add the Pygmentize gem to your gemfile:

gem 'pygmentize'

And run bundle install


Create a new file in the _plugins directory with the name highlight.rb. Paste the following code to make the built in code highlighter use the new Pygmentize gem:

require 'pygmentize'
class Jekyll::HighlightBlock < Liquid::Block
  def render_pygments(context, code)
    @options[:encoding] = 'utf-8'
    output = add_code_tags(
      Pygmentize.process(code, @lang),

    output = context["pygments_prefix"] + output if context["pygments_prefix"]
    output = output + context["pygments_suffix"] if context["pygments_suffix"]


Just use the standard highlight blocks as usual:

{% highlight ruby %}
gem 'pygmentize'
{% endhighlight %}
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