{verbatim} is about macros and environments like “\verb” and “verbatim” which implement some form of verbatim mode, i.e. change the {catcodes}. A popular package is {fancyvrb}. For questions about the {listings} or the {minted} package, use the respective tag instead.

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When should one use \verb and when \texttt

Sometimes people here use \verb!A SHORT COMMAND! and sometimes \textt{A SHORT COMMAND}. I'm unsure when to use which. Are there any guidelines or arguments for \verbatim vs. \texttt?
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Viewer-independent copyable spaces at the beginning of a line?

I need to include a couple of Python code listings, where the indentation of the lines (using some number of spaces) is significant. I would like for the code listings to be copyable, so the spaces at ...
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How to obtain verbatim text in a footnote?

I want to employ a \verb command in a footnote. But, when I run pdflatex on \documentclass{article} \begin{document} I want this.\footnote{\verb|But, it does not work!|} \end{document} I get ...
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Verbatim environment that can break too long lines?

I want to generate a PDF of user-submitted text using LaTeX. To handle crazy user input, I first thought about using the verbatim package, but of course it doesn't break up too long lines. Is there ...
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Ensure verbatim code block is copy/paste-able

After rendering a document containing this code block \begin{verbatim} if [ ! -d .git ]; then git init; fi # Initialises a new Git repository, if doesn't already exist. if [ ! -f README.md ]; ...
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typesetting different characters with different colors in a DNA sequence

I have created a macro which I used to format DNA sequences, as they should be in the monospaced font and uppercased: \newcommand{\DNA}[1]{\texttt{\uppercase{#1}}} Now I have a column with some ...
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Incompatibility between verbatim and tabu? (Danger of using \scantokens in a package)

With the following MWE \documentclass{article} \usepackage{verbatim} \usepackage{tabu} \makeatletter \renewcommand\verbatim@processline {% \begin{tabu}to\textwidth{|l|X[-1,l]|} ...
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Write environment body verbatim to a file

How can one write the body of an environment verbatim to an external file. I tried the following but get problems if the body contains undefined macros (error) or e.g. a % (disappears in the output). ...
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How to put \verb command inside of \textbf{} block?

It looks like you can't use \verb|...| inside of \textbf{...}. I tried the following: \textbf{Be very careful when using \verb|-i| as it's destructive and it's not reversible!} And got this error: ...
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How can I provide a verbatim (unescaped) commandline for executing with \write18?

When using \write18 to execute shell commands, there are some cases where lots of backslash strings, and other 'special' LaTeX characters are required in the commandline to be executed (e.g. if a ...
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Highlighting a .diff file

Is there a way to highlight the syntax of a diff file (i.e. by using the listings package)?
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In LuaLaTeX, how do I pass the content of an environment to Lua verbatim?

In LuaLaTeX, how would I go about capturing the content of an environment for (verbatim) processing by Lua? For example, consider something like \begin{foobar} Hello {World} \end{foobar} I'd like ...
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Getting those %#!^& signs in the footnote!

This is basically an expanded version of part of Control command arguments . The original questioner there wants to redefine \href so that all the links end up in foonotes (rather than in the main ...
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Verbatim description list item

How do I make an item in a description list verbatim? \verb in \item[] seems to be not allowed: \begin{description} \item[\verb+list comprehension [f a | a <- M a]+] bla bla bla ...
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Writing { and } to a file with LaTeX

How can the special characters { and } be written literally to an external file in LaTeX, without being balanced? Obviously the following does not work: \immediate\write\my@outfile{{} ...
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Fancy code environment

I'm writing a small tutorial about LaTeX. So I'd like to insert some code and obtain the result on the right. I'm almost there. I got the desired output but I'd like something more clear, that is, ...
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Verbatim environment and line-breaking

I've been wondering about how to display simple codes. I used verbatim and then found the fancyvrb package which added a lot of nice little features, but then I inserted some code with a long line and ...
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Getting verbatim with soft grey background, as in tex.stackexchange

Given a verbatim as on below, \begin{verbatim} This is an awesome verbatim \end{verbatim} which is displayed with no background on the compiled pdf page : This is an awesome verbatim I would ...
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How to include verbatim in a figure caption?

I would like to include verbatim in a caption of a figure. I only want part of it to be verbatim, not the entire caption. The simple approach does not work because verbatim is not allowed in arguments ...
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beamer's fragile frame as default

Is there a way to specify fragile mode as default for all frames? Now I know how to define a fragile frame: \begin{frame}[fragile].
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How can I make lstlisting look exactly like verbatim?

I like the way the verbatim environment looks, and I want to make my lstlistings look like it. I've tried setting the basic style to \ttfamily, but the letter kerning and line spacing seem to be ...
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Why is there a \null in \verb?

In source2e.pdf, the definition of \verb is \def\verb{\relax\ifmmode\hbox\else\leavevmode\null\fi \bgroup \verb@eol@error \let\do\@makeother \dospecials \verbatim@font\@noligs ...
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In-line \verb — overfull hbox problem

I'm having a problem that I've had before and I'm tired of hacking my way through it and hope that there is some supported solution. I'll go ahead and create a document for example: \documentclass ...
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Colored background in inline listings

I would like to make inline code more distinguishable from the text surrounding it, and I thought that using a background might work (like it is done on the stackexchange pages.) Since I use the ...
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Verbatim inside a command

I have a question about a Verbatim, I want to write a word inside of the subsubsection title. I got an error. How can I fix it?: \subsubsection{The \verb+@interface+ Section}
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How do you insert an inline verbatim?

I'm trying to add an inline verbatim into a \paragraph? Was wondering how do you do that?
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Workaround for open lualatex bug in \scantokens?

As package author I am in need of writing a manual with lots of examples. Now I started to make heavy use of lualatex in order to speed up operations which take a long time in TeX (of my package, not ...
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How to make AUCTeX ignore syntax highlighting within environment

I have a problem with syntax highlighting in the Emacs editor using AUCTeX. The problem occurs in particular with the Verbatim environment from the fancyvrb package. Consider the following code: ...
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History of the command \verb

Recently I inherited some LaTeX code for a CV that contained an e-mail address typed with \verb}john.smith@uni.org}. This snippet was in the middle of an multicol environment (so it was within several ...
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Change font size of the verbatim environment

I want to apply small fonts inside the Verbatim environment e.g. {\small \begin{Verbatim} 1 double x, y; 2 double z, w; 3 main(); 4 return 0; \end{Verbatim}} Before the command \small ...
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Nicely typesetting verbatim text

I want an environment in which LaTeX typesets the text just like it otherwise would, but without accepting any commands whatsoever while within this environment. None of the answers to this question ...
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Escaped characters in typewriter font

I know a number of ways to fix this (e.g. \usepackage[T1]{fontenc}), but I want to understand what's happening in the following example. \documentclass{article} \begin{document} \noindent \$ \% ...
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LaTeX Verbatim Source Code Beside the Typeset Output

I am a beginner to LaTeX, and I am reading Leslie Lamport's A Document Preparation System. In various places of his book, he puts the LaTeX source code beside the output obtained by running latex on ...
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Center-align the verbatim environment

I am trying to center align the content of a figure that has verbatim text in it. But the verbatim text is always right-aligned: \begin{figure} \centering \begin{verbatim} some text here ...
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Hard whitespace

I am using plainTeX and would like to typeset some (python) code examples. Switching to \tt gets me partway there, but I (obviously) need the whitespace respected. Is there a trick for doing this? The ...
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Format a verbatim paragraph

How can I format a verbatim paragraph? I.e. break, fill and join input lines to produce globally balanced output with the lengths of each line approaching the target \textwidth as closely as possible. ...
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Verbatim in beamer showing error: “File ended while scanning use of \@xverbatim.”

I am using Texmaker and MiKTeX on Windows 7. I have the following beamer code, \documentclass{beamer} \theme{AnnArbor} \begin{document} \begin{frame} \begin{verbatim} ...
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Manual highlight of TeX code in a verbatim environment

Friends, I'm stuck with a unusual situation: I'm trying to highlight specific words of a TeX code inside a verbatim environment. I know listings can help me by defining a set of keywords, but in this ...
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Using \lstinline inside a \item

I know about the fragility of verbatim-like commands, and that they should not be used as an argument of another macro, but a need to write a description environment in which the terms to be defined ...
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Changing font in tabular

I desperately need someone's help. For the past hour I was trying to perform a task so diabolically difficult, even the Hercules himself couldn't achieve: change the freaking font in a table. My ...
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Comparison of LaTeX example typesetting packages?

I am writing a (longer) text on LaTeX usage, and I want to typeset some LaTeX source code together with its results – and I'm not sure how to achieve it. I am aware of this question, however, it only ...
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How can I indent verbatim blocks?

I have blocks surrounded by \begin{verbatim} and \end{verbatim}. I'd like to indent these about half an inch. I'm using pandoc to write pdfs via XeLaTeX and the default.latex pandoc template, so I'd ...
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How can I write % into a file?

How can I write % into an auxiliary file? % will not work, because LaTeX thinks that I start a comment with it (in the main file, not in the auxiliary file!), and \% will write \% into the file. How ...
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Splitting verbatim inside figure across pages

I want to include a long section of verbatim text, which is too long for a single page, inside a figure with a caption. Unfortunately, when the verbatim environment is put into a figure, it does not ...
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Any way to show LaTeX example code *and* execute it? [duplicate]

In (La)TeX documentation and tutorials, it is common to show a snippet of code next to the output it generates. It might be two minipages side by side, or a code listing followed by boxed output, or ...
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escape `|' in \verb

In LaTeX, if I use \verb, how can I escape |? For example, I want to display ab|bc: \verb|ab[]bc|. What should replace []?
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fancy verbatim - bold letters for the first 4 columns

I am writing a book on Python and IPython. I want to insert in this book code listings of Python and IPython. For the code itself I have no problem customizing listings for my intents. Including ...
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Inline code and short verb with minted

I it possible to use minted for inline code and to add a short verb sing for minted? Like \lstMakeShortInline| in listings.sty? \documentclass{article} \usepackage{minted} \newminted{tex}{} ...
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Boldface and subscripts in verbatim mode?

How do I create boldface and subscripts in verbatim mode? I've seen mention of a fancyvrb package that might be able to help. Can anyone provide working LaTeX code, either with or without fancyvrb?
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Difference between {\tt \{} and \verb+{+

Why is {\tt \{} typeset as an ordinary { and not the same as for instance \verb+{+? To illustrate: {\tt With tt:~ \{} \verb+With verb: {+ yields