Custom Content Type for code snippet elements to show text with code highlighting in TYPO3.

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2.0.2 2023-01-26 11:00 UTC

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What does this extension do?

Code Block is a TYPO3 extension. It adds a content type to display source code processed using highlight.php to render code snippets with syntax highlighting. The CSS-classes applied are identical to what highlight.js would render, but the transformation takes place on the server (instead of the browser when using JS).

The rendered result is cached like any other content element with the page in TYPO3. Using this extension you can skip adding highlight.js to your JS-build. This helps reduce the JavaScript size for your website and also allows rendering of source code snippets for AMP pages for example.

Code Languages

The extension supports all code languages that highlight.php supports. These can either be specified by choosing a setting inside the content element or detected automatically.


Add this extension to your TYPO3 setup. Install using composer: composer req b13/codeblock.

Add the TypoScript to your site extensions setup:

@import 'EXT:codeblock/Configuration/TypoScript/setup.typoscript'

Add the PageTS (for adding the element to the New Content Element Wizard):

@import 'EXT:codeblock/Configuration/PageTs/PageTs.tsconfig'

If you want to use your own Fluid Template, add the Template Root Path to the setup like this:

tt_content.codeblock.templateRootPaths.10 = EXT:your_site_extension/Resources/Private/Contenttypes/Templates

A note for Integrators:

If your Fluid Layout "Default" uses <f:spaceless> you should use a custom content type Fluid Template to avoid having your frontend tabs/spaces missing for some parts. Spacelesse removes spaces between tags, and highlight.php can add a series of <span>foo</span> <span>bar</span> strings that need the spaces between the tags to be readable and make sense.


CSS styling needs to be included manually. The classes added to the HTML output are generated automatically. Their styling need to be specified in a CSS file in order to add a custom styling. E.g. for JetBrain's darcula theme:

.hljs {
  display: block;
  overflow-x: auto;
  padding: 0.5em;
  background: #2b2b2b;

.hljs {
  color: #bababa;

.hljs-emphasis {
  color: #a8a8a2;

.hljs-literal {
  color: #6896ba;

.hljs-selector-class {
  color: #a6e22e;

.hljs-emphasis {
  font-style: italic;

.hljs-variable {
  color: #cb7832;

.hljs-params {
  color: #b9b9b9;

.hljs-string {
  color: #6a8759;

.hljs-addition {
  color: #e0c46c;

.hljs-meta {
  color: #7f7f7f;

This extension uses highlight.php (see https://github.com/scrivo/highlight.php). This package includes a lot of different CSS style themes you can use.


As TYPO3 Core, codeblock is licensed under GPL2 or later. See the LICENSE file for more details.

Background, Authors & Further Maintenance

TYPO3 is highly configurable and it is easy to add custom content types to the system using a few lines of TCA configuration, a simple PageTS configuration to add the type to the list of elements in the New Content Element Wizard, and a few lines of TypoScript and a Fluid Template. This extension adds a content type in the same way we create custom content types for our TYPO3 projects at b13.

EXT:codeblock was initially created by Andreas Hämmerl and David Steeb in 2019 for b13, Stuttgart. We use it to display source code in our blog on b13.com, where we have a full-AMP website and do not include non-AMP JavaScript files.

Find more TYPO3 extensions we have developed that help us deliver value in client projects. As part of the way we work, we focus on testing and best practices to ensure long-term performance, reliability, and results in all our code.