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Create beautiful image of your source code

Create beautiful image of your source code


Silicon is an alternative to Carbon implemented in Rust.

It can render your source code into a beautiful image.

Why Silicon

Carbon is a wonderful tool to create a beautiful image of your source code.

But it is a web application, which brings the following disadvantages:

  • Cannot work without Internet & browser.
  • Doesn't work well with shell. (Although there is carbon-now-cli, its experience is not very good, especially when the network is not so good.)

However, Silicon doesn't have these problem.
It's is implemented in Rust and can work without browser & Internet.

Silicon can render your source code on the fly while carbon-now-cli takes several seconds on it.


It's not as beautiful as Carbon...


cargo install silicon

xclip is required on Linux for clipboard support.

Basic Usage

Read code from file

silicon main.rs -o main.png 

Read code from clipboard, and copy the result image to clipboard(--to-clipboard is only available on Linux)

silicon --from-clipboard -l rs --to-clipboard

Use multiple fonts

silicon main.rs -o main.png -f 'Hack; SimSun'

Highlight specified line

silicon main.rs -o main.png --highlight-lines '1; 3-4'

Custom the image

silicon ./target/test.rs -o test.png --shadow-color '#555555' --background '#ffffff' --shadow-blur-radius 30 --no-window-controls

see silicon --help for detail